1. Definition. While no microhospital is identical to another, most microhospitals are acute care hospitals that meet all federal and state licensing and regulatory requirements. They focus on treating low-acuity patients and providing ambulatory and emergency services, leaving more complex surgeries and service lines for their larger counterparts. They also have fewer beds, usually around eight to 12, and don’t take up much space — according to the Advisory Board, they typically are only 15,000 to 50,000 square feet.
2. Common locations. Microhospitals are similar to community hospitals and small, rural hospitals, but location is what sets microhospitals apart. Health systems are placing microhospitals in larger metro areas in communities where patients may not have easy access to acute or emergency care. The microhospital, in theory, seeks to fill that care gap and provide better access to care, says Peggy Sanborn, vice president of partner integration and strategic growth for San Francisco-based Dignity Health.