Micro-hospitals typically have the following offerings, according to the Advisory Board, a healthcare consulting agency:

  • Acute care
  • Emergency care
  • Pharmacy
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Lab

Ancillary services may include:

  • Primary care
  • Outpatient rehab
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Specialty care
  • Wellness services
  • Women’s services

RTM Engineering Consultants is working on two micro-hospital projects in the Milwaukee metro area in Mequon and Oak Creek. Both facilities offer convenient essential medical services to communities that couldn’t support the substantial investment required for a full-scale hospital.

“Since these micro-hospitals are smaller, they are more accessible to patients,” said Timothy Larson, Principal at RTM. “It’s less daunting to navigate a micro-hospital than trying to find your way around a million square-foot campus, let alone find parking in a huge structure. But from an engineering standpoint, micro-hospitals require the same level of MEP equipment for patient safety and comfort. The biggest challenge has been rightsizing all of the necessary equipment into the smaller footprint.”

RTM works in MEP studios instead of separate mechanicalelectrical, and plumbing departments, which facilitates collaboration, communication, and quick decision-making within MEP teams and with clients.

“The MEP studio assigned to these projects has many years of experience working with this healthcare organization,” said Larson. “That expertise has helped us work with the multiple stakeholders involved in the project and ensures that we are staying on track in a fast-paced environment.”

Learn more about RTM’s approach to healthcare MEP projects.

This article originally appeared on RTM Associates’ website. RTM Associates is a CFE Media content partner.