Marin General reconfigures bed count for new hospital

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GREENBRAE -- The Marin Healthcare District approved a new plan for the $500 million rebuild of Marin General Hospital that will reconfigure – not necessarily reduce – the number of staffed beds at the facility.

The new plan takes into account a shifting health care landscape that is increasingly leaning away from inpatient hospitalizations and more toward outpatient services, prompting an anticipated decline in patient volumes in the future, officials said.

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“We work closely with leading industry analysts to advise us on the effects that changes in the population will have on utilization of hospital services over time,” Marin General CEO Lee Domanico told the Business Journal.

Both the current facility and the planned hospital are licensed for 235 beds. The hospital currently has 171 staffed beds, and the new plan approved by the district calls for 194 staffed beds, of which 174 will be private and 20 that could be semi-private, according to Mr. Domanico.

The original environmental impact report for the planned new hospital called for 218 staffed beds and 235 licensed beds, a distinction that means Marin General, if need be, could up the bed count to 235 but will typically staff a number below that, a common industry practice.

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