The 40,533 square-foot INTEGRIS Community Hospital at Council Crossing, which opened to the public in February 2019, is the first of four new community hospitals – small-format facilities also known as micro-hospitals or neighborhood hospitals – to open in 2019 in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Through its joint venture partnership with Emerus Holdings Inc., INTEGRIS will bring a transformative concept of health care to Central Oklahoma. NexCore was engaged as the developer for these four projects based on its proven ability to manage four fast-track projects simultaneously.
Each site was specifically selected based on its proximity to INTEGRIS hospitals and healthcare facilities, the surrounding demographics, the population base, and the retail presence. The sites met the growing requirement of healthcare systems to meet patients where care is most convenient and accessible. The four sites identified were: Moore, Council Crossing, Del City, and OKC West.
Completing four projects within a compressed timeframe was a daunting task, but completing four different designs in three different jurisdictions was even more challenging. Within 60 days of lease execution, NexCore was able to close and begin construction, handling all entitlement work and financing to meet the client’s demand to deliver all four facilities in the first half of 2019.
The locations of the new projects provided the proper surrounding demographics, population base, and consumer-facing retail presence Emerus and INTEGRIS were trying to achieve in the market. Micro-hospitals are a cost-effective and efficient solution adapted for modern-day healthcare. These facilities are fully licensed hospitals, staffed 24/7 with board-certified ER physicians and inpatient beds. Micro-hospitals also provide a more accessible access point and delivery solution, and they are able to serve a wide range of acute patient illnesses and injuries due to inpatient capability.