Carolinas HealthCare System

What is a "Healthcare Pavilion?"

A healthcare pavilion is a new type of outpatient facility designed to improve access to the most highly utilized healthcare services in a cost-effective, safe and patient-friendly way. The facility will contain an emergency department, which is operated and staffed just as a hospital emergency department, with emergency care available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from board-certified emergency medicine physicians. Should a patient require a period of extended examination or treatment, the healthcare pavilion will also operate observation beds.

Advanced imaging equipment, including a state-of-the-art CT scanner, ultrasound and X-ray capability, will be available on-site, providing the same level of diagnostic capability as a hospital emergency room. The healthcare pavilion will also provide laboratory services.

Why a Healthcare Pavilion?

It is a very cost-efficient way to provide superior healthcare to growing areas. Studies have shown that most people who come to the hospital don't need hospitalization. They either need emergency outpatient treatment or a scheduled outpatient procedure. A healthcare pavilion can be built for much less than a community hospital, yet it provides access to the most highly utilized patient services.

In essence, the healthcare pavilion is an innovative concept that will improve the access and convenience of the outpatient healthcare services patients use most.

Is this a New Idea?

Healthcare pavilions have been around for many years and are becoming more common as care delivery has become more outpatient. There is a successful healthcare pavilion in the Steele Creek area in Southwest Mecklenburg County.