SAN DIEGO-Hospitals and health systems are relying more heavily on brokerage firms for their real estate needs, preferring instead to focus on the business of healthcare, said panelists at NAIOP’s Development ’13 conference here this week. Accordiing to Jim Rohan, SVP of development for PMB LLC, it depends on the situation, but “more [hospitals] are wanting brokers to get involved. They like to have a broker who understands how healthcare works.”

Panelists agreed that there is no one-size-fits-all answer for healthcare real estate needs, and patients have a lot of choice in where to get their needs met, which makes these decisions for hospitals even more critical than before. This could be one reason why hospitals are turning to professional healthcare real estate brokers for answers.

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