Industry Pulse: Lines blur between inpatient, outpatient

Outpatient space will be prominently placed right off the main entrance at the new St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Clay County, Fla. (Rendering courtesy of St. Vincent’s)

As outpatient facilities become such a major focus of the country’s healthcare delivery model, perhaps it will become more and more difficult to distinguish between inpatient hospitals and certain outpatient facilities, such as surgery centers.

In a growing area southeast of Jacksonville, Fla., St. Vincent’s HealthCare is planning to open a new hospital in October that will include

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