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Healthcare is rapidly expanding alongside population growth in most cities. In San Diego, healthcare clinics and urgent care facilities are moving into retail centers to better accommodate population centers, and the trend is among the biggest changes for the architects and designers outfitting these spaces, according to speakers at a recent CREW San Diego luncheon. The speakers discussed why healthcare integration into retail spaces is among the top trends in response to growing demand for healthcare.

“Currently, the most prolific expansion of healthcare services is the integration of healthcare facilities, like clinics and urgent care, into retail centers,” Mila Volkova, director of healthcare design at Ware Malcomb. “The industry is shifting towards providing care to people where they already are, rather than going to a dedicated healthcare campus for outpatient services. These retail centers may include clinical services together with regenerative activities such as yoga and meditation.”

The aging population is among the biggest drivers of healthcare expansion and demand for outpatient facilities. Growing knowledge about the importance of preventative care and mental health services is also contributing to the rising demand for outpatient centers. All of this has fueled leasing activity. “As the market continues to demand more outpatient services—more routine, less acute care—the trend for shifting these services away from hospitals continues. With the larger segment of Americans continuing to age, the demand for senior healthcare services is increasing,” says Volkova. “There is also growing demand for preventative care and wellness-focused activities. Furthermore, there is an increased awareness and need for mental and behavioral health services. Since this segment of the healthcare spectrum has been underserved for many years, there is now a widely recognized need to provide these services to relieve the accumulated demand.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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