Editor’s Letter: We’re all ears

We’d love to hear about your latest deals Dear Reader: I know I’ve said this many times before in the pages of Healthcare Real Estate Insights™, but I’ll day it again: send us your news.

Sears Holdings Corp. is the most vulnerable public retail company, according to a recent analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence. (Photo by Andriy Blokhin, Shutterstock)

Industry Pulse: Opportunities are increasing for retail repurposing

Almost 3,600 retail stores are slated to close this year, including hundreds of big boxes and department stores In the aftermath of the Great Recession, it became a common strategy for healthcare providers and healthcare real estate (HRE) firms to repurpose the buildings of failed big box and department stores. The bankruptcies of Circuit City, […]

Many urgent care centers are expanding into more complex services, such as physical therapy and concussion screening. (Photo courtesy of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System)

Industry Pulse: Urgent care centers are still important, growing

The number of centers and patient volumes are increasing while wait times are declining. For those involved in the development and ownership of healthcare real estate (HRE), it looks as if owning a standalone urgent care center (UCC) building or having a UCC in your medical office building (MOB) continues to be a good bet, […]

Industry Pulse: Docs feeling the stress of today’s environment

Industry Pulse: Docs feeling the stress of today’s environment

U.S. physicians are struggling with morale, adapting to new models and access to care. While it might be a lucrative profession, being a doctor isn’t all that easy or stress-free these days, according to the people who would know best: doctors themselves. According to the 2016 Survey of America’s Physicians by Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins, a physician […]

Industry Pulse: Interest rate increases not seen as likely to have a big impact on HRE

Industry Pulse: Interest rate increases not seen as likely to have a big impact on HRE

Healthcare real estate sources say that slightly higher capital costs will probably do little to cool the market The Federal Reserve began cutting interest rates in September 2007 in growing recognition of the magnitude of the financial crisis. Rates were gradually reduced to historically low levels. The federal funds rate hit an unprecedented 0.25 percent […]

NorthStar obtained this Carson City, Nev., MOB as part of its $4 billion acquisition of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II in 2014. (Photo courtesy of

Industry Pulse: NorthStar said to be near almost $1 billion MOB deal

Large foreign investor said to be interested in the firm’s massive medical office portfolio Healthcare real estate (HRE) sector sources say that a portfolio with nearly $1 billion worth of medical office buildings (MOBs) is for sale. The MOBs are being offered by New York-based NorthStar Realty Finance (NYSE: NRF), which is in the process […]

Industry Pulse: MOB deliveries on pace to rise by 37% this year

Industry Pulse: MOB deliveries on pace to rise by 37% this year

A ‘growing shortage” of MOBs has stimulated ‘a wave of development,’ according to CoStar Last month, in the article “Construction starts might decline this year,” we reported that the building research firm Dodge Data & Analytics, estimated that healthcare construction starts would decline by 4.5 percent in square footage and 2.9 percent in value this […]

West Orange Healthcare District (WOHD) and Orlando Health proposed this new hospital. (Rendering courtesy of WOHD)

Industry Pulse: Fewer hospitals? Not necessarily

Seven CON applications in the works in Orlando, Fla., area Nearly everyone involved in healthcare real estate (HRE) has heard that the country’s hospitals are living on borrowed time. It will only be a matter of time, we’re told, until hospitals will be caring for only the very sick while most ailments, illnesses and surgeries […]

This Atlanta project is slated to include a mix of medial office and senior living space. (Rendering courtesy of CDP)

Industry Pulse: Projects combining MOBs, senior housing

Plans for one medical-senior site also include a Chick-fil-A Anyone who follows or participates in the senior housing sector, the medical office building (MOB) sector – or both – has long known that older people are big users of the services offered in MOBs. Yet, for years upon years, the two classifications of healthcare real […]

Florida Hospital Carrollwood recently celebrated the topping out of its planned $71 million expansion and renovation project. (Photo courtesy of Florida Hospital Carrollwood)

Industry Pulse: Construction starts might decline this year

Dodge foresees an overall decline in square footage and value compared with last year U.S. healthcare construction starts will decline slightly this year, according to estimates from the construction data research firm Dodge Data & Analytics. But the numbers seem to confirm a perceived long-term trend of increased focus on outpatient care. Dodge estimates that […]

Editor’s Letter: Changes abound

Familiar executives moving to new companies Dear Reader, For quite a few years, it seemed like few personnel changes took place in the healthcare real estate (HRE) sector, especially the medical office building (MOB) market. And because the sector is rather small compared to other industries, it was usually big news when someone who was […]

Industry Pulse: On the Record - Nick Dawson

Industry Pulse: On the Record – Nick Dawson

How can a health system predict future healthcare facilities needs?

PMB is developing a $170 million MOB in San Francisco for Sutter Health.
Rendering courtesy of PMB

Industry Pulse: HRE challenges are unique in California

Consolidation, rising demand, capital needs are all hot topics At recent healthcare real estate (HRE) conferences in San Francisco and Los Angeles, industry experts said that California is a complicated market – but a good one.


Publisher’s Letter: More M&As ahead

System consolidation unlikely to slow this year Dear Reader: Last year was another record-breaker for healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Of course, in the healthcare real estate (HRE) business, we are mostly interested in how those M&As affect real estate and facilities. They can be a negative if they result in a reduced demand for […]

CHRISTUS health system plans to add to its presence in Central Texas. Photo courtesy of CBRE

Industry Pulse: Central Texas is hot for healthcare

The population is increasing by about 150 people per day It’s widely known that the Dallas and Houston areas have been booming for many years and are alive with healthcare real estate (HRE) development. But things are also hopping in Central Texas.