In the past tumultuous year as the pandemic raged across the country, outpatient facilities have been the subject of a renewed focus within the healthcare community — for many reasons. It was certainly not "business as usual" as medical professionals and related organizations and industries grappled with the heart-wrenching challenges of the past 12 months. These medical professionals have pivoted, even daily, to manage the crisis and they continue to do so in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic couldn't stop the growth and evolution of outpatient facilities. Leaders are moving ahead with construction projects across the country.
While resources and logistics have been impacted, design and construction projects have continued with added precautions and reevaluations of the immediate situation on a project-by-project and state-by-state basis. In this climate, the reimagination and reinvention of surgical spaces is an ongoing focus of ASC and hospital leaders who have their eye on the future of these facilities.
One of the reasons for the renewed focus on ASCs in particular is the continued growth of new procedures such as cardiac surgeries. Business is also booming in orthopedics, and physician-owners are looking to capture the increasing number of spine procedures and joint replacements moving from inpatient hospitals to outpatient ORs. There is a constant need for new and renovated spaces as well as an appetite for investment in standalone facilities that cater to a diverse patient population seeking a variety of procedures. That trend will continue moving forward.