I'm beginning to work on a blog posting for the PlannersWeb -- which may also turn into an article for the Planning Commissioners Journal -- about the dramatic expansion in hosptial/medical center construction nationwide (primarily expansion of existing facilities, but also new hospitals).
This struck me during my six-week cross country trip on U.S. 50 last Summer. Several planners I met with highlighted the importance of regional medical centers to the economic well-being of their community -- and also indicated their importance in keeping (or attracting) folks planning for their retirement (i.e., the swarm of baby boomers).
I'm curious to hear from Cyburbians about whether this is an important issue in your city/town or county, and what role, if any, local government is taking -- through planning or economic/community development departments. Any thoughts on the related health care cost impacts would also be welcome; and any suggestions for resources/contacts I might check into for useful perspectives on the role of medical centers in cities and towns.
Editor, Planning Commissioners Journal