I came across an article on Beckers Hospital Review that pertained to a hospital and medical center in our area.
The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., and Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center are encouraging Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center to convert former Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, N.J., into a medical mall instead of the planned 128-bed hospital, according to a Record report.
A medial mall typically offers a variety of outpatient services such as:
- Physical therapy
- Same-day surgery
There are currently approximately 50 medical malls, many in closed hospital sites, across the country.
The Valley Hospital and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center have argued that
the region already has too many hospital beds but that a medical mall would
provide services that the area needs. They said they would partner with HUMC to
provide these outpatient services. However, HUMC has strong support from the
community for reopening the hospital. According to the report, more than 26,000
people have signed petitions, spoken or written letters in support.
HUMC said it is considering developing medical mall services including:
- Cancer services
- Diagnostic imaging
- Sleep lab
LHP Hospital Group, Hackensack’s partner in the Pascack Valley Hospital plan, is
currently leading a similar project for Seton Medical Center Harker Heights
(Texas) that includes a new 83-bed hospital with an adjacent medical pavilion.
What are your thoughts? Would you prefer to see more hospital beds or a medical
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