Shopping Center Business

MAY 2018

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HEALTHCARE RETAIL 254 • SHOPPING CENTER BUSINESS • May 2018 all the more important. For the types of healthcare users taking space in shopping centers — urgent care centers, dental firms, family medicine practices — patient visits are relatively brief and can be done in conjunction with other errands. "In our business, we have to make it ultra-convenient for patients to find us," says Dr. Juliet Breeze, CEO of Next Level Urgent Care, which provides walk-in ser- vices for non life-threatening illnesses and injuries to Houston area residents. "But by being in a retail center, we can also offer services on nights and weekends, when virtually nobody is likely to go to a medical center." Second, healthcare costs are going up. A number of factors — higher rates of chronic illnesses, fewer policies of- fered by major insurance carriers and rising pharmacy costs — have put upward pressure on overall healthcare expenses. Americans have responded by seeking al- ternate forms of delivery. "Healthcare is in a rapid state of evolu- tion," says Breeze. "There's a push away A 5,800-square-foot Next Level Urgent Care center in the Tanglewood area of Houston opened in early 2017 and is one of more than a dozen such centers in Houston. For Leasing Info Call 33 0 - 2 53 -6 95 8 Visit Us at Booth S 2 7 9 Q Inside the retail solutions booth REVITALIZING SPACES OPENING NEW DOORS PIT TSBURGH

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