Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare Village’

The Washington Post Trumpets the Healthcare Village

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Alter+Care’s ground-breaking Healthcare Village concept ph2009042002356was the subject of a recent Washington Post article.

Donna Jarmusz, Alter+Care Senior Vice President who is quoted in the article, notes that “The concept aims to make the healthcare experience more positive, with a less sterile, institutional feel.  Part of that feeling is created by including restaurants and fitness centers, so people won’t be intimidated about visiting the villages.  And the more positive the visit, the more people will be encouraged to be healthy, cutting costs spent on preventable diseases.”

Healthcare Villages also are a response to the need for lower-cost environments to deliver care at a time when healthcare spending has mushroomed to $2.4 trillion a year.

The Healthcare Village Goes Global

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Alter+Care’s revolutionary Healthcare Village concept was the focus of a recent online article in HealthLeaders Media.

thv-pe01-f61“Think of it in terms of an upscale shopping mall, but only with healthcare services, and the wellness center as the anchor tenant – the major department store,” says Donna Jarmusz, senior vice president of Alter+Care.  “That generates a lot of visibility, a lot of high traffic, because people join the wellness center as members and they are frequenting it two or three times a week.  That creates a lot of pedestrian traffic for the other services that may be at the same location.”

The article notes that Healthcare Villages are a worldwide phenomenon, with locations opening in such diverse locations as Wisconsin and Dubai.  “It’s really taken off from a global perspective, it’s not just a U.S. concept,” Jarmusz says, adding that having a stake in a healthcare village abroad helps some U.S. organizations expand their brand.

To read the entire article, click here.

The Healthcare Village: Making Good Health More Convenient

Friday, April 17th, 2009

With 78 million baby boomers marching towards retirement, the U.S. population is older and less healthy as cases of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases increase, says Donna F. Jarmusz, Alter+Care Senior Vice President, in a recent interview for the Inspire blog.  These same consumers dislike inconvenient, institutional healthcare delivery systems, are demanding and have high expectations.  We have a drive-through mindset and enjoy everyday consumer experiences– buying a cup of coffee, drive-up banking, picking up dry cleaning.  We hardly think about them because they’re all convenient and accessible.
Consumers are looking for a similar consumer focus in their healthcare services.  They are also looking to healthcare providers for preventative health resources to achieve healthier lifestyles.