Doing More with Less: The Evolution of U.S. Healthcare & Facilities

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Mortenson Construction has published a new report detailing the dynamic issues affecting the U.S. healthcare industry and its facilities today.

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A new report published by Mortenson Construction details the dynamic issues affecting the U.S. healthcare industry and its facilities today. From the Affordable Care Act to improving patient experience and comfort, the Mortenson Construction Healthcare Industry Study provides insights from industry professionals regarding a number of demographic, financial, and technological changes that must be carefully managed by healthcare providers today.

Mortenson spoke to healthcare professionals at the Healthcare Design Conference to better understand these issues and their impact on healthcare design and construction trends. More than 170 professionals provided feedback, including healthcare administrators and facilities leaders, architects, and academics.

The study includes insights and perspectives regarding government program concerns, the importance of lean operations, facility design and future needs, project delivery trends, improving the patient experience, and the overall future of healthcare.

Key insights include:

  • A majority believe the Affordable Care Act will result in increased capital expenditures over the next five years
  • Healthcare facilities are becoming both more efficient and more flexible in the face of rising financial pressures
  • Healthcare providers believe the quality of the design of healthcare facilities substantially improves the patient experience
  • Traditional hospitals will diminish in prominence versus other types of healthcare facilities. More than one-third believe at-home care will become much more prominent

"We are excited to provide our findings to customers and business partners in the hope that they bring a deeper level of understanding regarding current healthcare industry and design trends, and help in their thinking regarding the role facilities play in promoting quality care for patients,” said John Ohman, vice president of strategy and growth at Mortenson.

Mortenson regularly conducts industry studies as part of its overall goal to be in lockstep with its customers and partners, resulting in a construction experience that’s second-to-none. Other recent Mortenson studies include: The State of Collegiate Athletic Facilities, Architect Survey 2012: The State of Design and Construction, and Mission Critical Industry Trends.

Mortenson is one of the leading healthcare contractors in the U.S. and has completed more than 16.6 million square feet of healthcare construction and renovations nationwide. Visit to download a free copy of the 2013 Mortenson Construction Healthcare Industry Study.

About Mortenson Construction
Founded in 1954, Mortenson Construction is a U.S.-based, privately-held construction company. As one of the nation's top builders, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and turn-key development.

Mortenson has offices in Chicago, Denver, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle with international operations in Canada and China. For more information, visit

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