Integris, a non-profit healthcare system in the state of Oklahoma, US, has opened a community hospital at Council Crossing in Oklahoma City.

The 40,446ft² Integris Community Hospital at 9417 N Council Road is part of an initiative under which Integris will open four new community hospitals, small-format facilities called micro-hospitals or neighbourhood hospitals, in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area in 2019.

While the Integris Moore Community Hospital at 1401 SW 34th St is scheduled to open on 27 February, the Integris Del City Community Hospital at 4801 SE 15th St will open in March.

The Integris OKC West Community Hospital at 300 S Rockwell Ave will open in May.

Integris has entered into a joint venture partnership with micro-hospitals operator Emerus to build and manage the facilities as part of an expansion programme.

Integris president and CEO Timothy Pehrson said: “Oklahomans have told us they want quicker, more convenient medical care without compromising quality or safety.

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“These community hospitals allow us to do just that, bring high-quality care closer to home for many of the residents we serve.”

Emerus CEO Craig Goguen said: “Our transformative concept of health care allows great health systems like Integris to expand its reach into the community to provide a variety of patient services that are fast, convenient and economical.”

The new community hospitals will provide a variety of services, including emergency medical care, inpatient care and other comprehensive health services.

Each community hospital will have a set of core services, including the emergency department, pharmacy, lab and imaging, even though the ancillary services vary.

Other services will depend on the needs of the community, but common services will include primary care, dietary services, women’s services and low-acuity outpatient surgeries.

The community hospitals will offer health system integration, thereby enabling care coordination, consultation and seamless transition across the care continuum.

These facilities will be fully licensed as hospitals and will be subject to all hospital conditions of participation and regulatory requirements.

They will offer emergency-trained physicians and outpatient ambulatory clinical services on site, as well as inpatient bed capacity.

All patients will be accepted without regard to insurance or ability to pay, including Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare.

Community-based hospitals will be open 24 hours a day and offer ease of access to patients.