Hospitals ‘have taken a pounding’ but remain optimistic, InterFace panelists say
By John B. Mugford
For one prominent West Coast health system, the current economic climate and healthcare landscape are presenting a bit of a dichotomy.
On one hand, the system is certainly struggling financially as it emerges from the hardships of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as it contends with rising costs and still-low reimbursement rates.
On the other hand, however, it remains optimistic about the future, believing that even 2023 will be a better year to garner more business and added revenue as it recruits new physicians and expands its service lines in specific geographic locations.
The system is Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist, which operates 21 hospitals “up and down” the West Coast, including a hospital in Hawaii, according to Steven Stubbs, regional director of clinic and ancillary development/business development.
The system’s strategy in the future could provide opportunities for third-party healthcare real estate (HRE) firms.
“In our more urban settings, we’re going to go back to the smaller projects … focused on cardiology, cath labs and possibly adding some ASCs,” he said, referring to ambulatory surgery centers. “We’re probably not at the point where we’ll be … personally financing (any large medical office projects), as we’re in a partnership mode.
“The other thing is … we will probably look at some monetization of projects going forward. Where I see it on the business development side, there’s still very much a high demand (for our services).”
Mr. Stubbs was part of a panel discussion focused on the financial state of hospitals and health systems during the 13th Annual InterFace Healthcare Real Estate West conference, held Feb. 1 at the Omni Los Angeles. The session was titled, “What Do Hospitals & Systems See Coming in 2023?”
The moderator, Angie Weber, first VP in the Greater Los Angeles office with CBRE Group Inc. (NYSE: CBRE), said that
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