TUSTIN, CA—The ever-present issues of traffic circulation andparking require a collaborative effort to ensure uses arecompatible and feasible and not disruptive to thecommunity, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian'sSanford Smith, SVP, real estate, facilities,construction and operations, tells GlobeSt.com.The hospital recently announced plans to develop anew 60,000-square-foot medical-office building,Hoag Health Center Tustin, at the 22-acreretail center the Village atTustin Legacy, which is currently beingdeveloped by Regency Centers. Wespoke exclusively with Smith about the benefits and challenges tolocating medical offices in retail settings and how he sees medicaloffices changing as healthcare delivery continuesto evolve.

GlobeSt.com:What are thebenefits of locating medical-office buildings in retail centerssuch as the Village at Tustin Legacy?

Smith: The primary benefit of locatingmedical-office buildings in retail centers is that it bringsquality healthcare right to the community, where it is easilyaccessible and convenient. The American healthcare model isshifting from one that requires people to come to a hospital forcare to one that provides these important resources within thecommunity.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.