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  New Guide Untangles Regulatory Web in Leasing Healthcare Facilities
  by Glenn Fischer | Dec 03, 2014
  HCI President Leo Gehring offers sage career advice in a recent interview in Health Facilities Management. He addresses the growing importance of real estate in the life of facilities managers, saying:

“… if the facility manager does not understand the retail real estate market or how to work in that world, the hospital will work with a developer or a real estate agent and leave the facility manager out of the picture. The facility manager will have to make sure the space is compliant even if he or she is not involved in the acquisition process.”

The staggering number of regulatory and patient safety issues that come into play when leasing healthcare facilities has led to release of a timely guide entitled Understanding Regulatory Issues in Leasing Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities.

Researched and authored by B. Alan Whitson, RPA – President of Corporate Realty, Design, and Management Institute (; this new guide offers a roadmap to key federal statutes that apply to leasing and running medical facilities.

“Be warned, the landlord’s standard lease form rarely covers all regulatory issues, duty to comply, and remedies for noncompliance,” says Whitson. “Many landlords are dealing with healthcare tenants for the first time.” To review the Table of Contents and get your hands on this handy tool (which includes sample lease provisions), go to

HCI members qualify for a 15% discount on this guide.

The explosive growth of urgent care centers and the popularity of placing outpatient clinics in traditional retail and office spaces is fueling the shift to leased rather than owned facilities. The number of retail clinics is projected to double by 2015, rising from 1,400 in 2012 to almost 2,900. The number of leased healthcare facilities will increase similarly.