Industry Pulse: September 2010

WOODBURY, Minn. – The design and scope of medical office buildings (MOBs) have been evolving ever since their inception. Now, in the Twin Cities suburb of Woodbury, perhaps a new hybrid has emerged that combines an MOB with an urgent care and an emergency room. It is to be called the Urgency Room and is set to open in October in a retail area next to a Barnes & Noble bookstore just off U.S. Interstate 494. The facility will be operated by doctors with Minneapolis-based Emergency Physicians Professional Association (EPPA), which staffs six hospital emergency rooms throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. The idea for creating the new hybrid is to reduce costs and decrease wait times for patients. Emergency rooms, because they cannot legally turn away patients, are often crowded. Plus, the cost of an

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