Standalone ER closed

DLPisGreat

Bronze Member
#1
The new standalone ER that was by Centennial HS has closed up. Signs all covered in black plastic, etc.
I think it was only open for 6-7 months.

Think it was too close to the hospital to be viable?

That was a lot of money to dump into a building and then vacate it.
 

Sumtingwong

Junior Member
#2
Most of the ones I have seen have been purchased and made part of the Texas Health Resource. I am sure there is good money in those ER they have built all over the area.
 

Jayhawk

Gold Member
#3
It was open like 6 months. I drive past it almost every day. I never saw cars there except for the 2 people on staff. Huge loss for whoever put the money up. Guess they thought us eastsiders had money to spend there.
 

sjdfw

Silver Member
#4
I don't see how alot of these are staying (or will stay) in business, they are all over the place. I don't see how the population can support as many that are out there and the costs are sky high.
 
#5
Guess they thought us eastsiders had money to spend there.

What in the hell were they thinking? Eastsiders with money?

I bet there is one on every corner of every neighborhood on the prestigious West Side of Frisco, Texas. In fact, I bet they are not only staffed with ER docs, but they probably have pediatricians, OB/GYN and cosmetic surgeons just waiting on the influential people over there.

 

pearceg

Diamond Member
#8
The new standalone ER that was by Centennial HS has closed up. Signs all covered in black plastic, etc.
I think it was only open for 6-7 months.

Think it was too close to the hospital to be viable?
Somewhat, but mostly it's a terrible location. You can't see it from Coit and Rolater doesn't carry that much traffic to drive the kind of awareness it needs.

A friend of mine is a doc at a couple of these facilities and investor in a couple more (not the one by Centennial HS though). He said they're generally profitable at 10 patients a day, and ones with really low overhead can turn a profit on 8 patients a day.... which goes to show what kind of patient levels this facility was seeing.
 

Jayhawk

Gold Member
#9
Somewhat, but mostly it's a terrible location. You can't see it from Coit and Rolater doesn't carry that much traffic to drive the kind of awareness it needs.

A friend of mine is a doc at a couple of these facilities and investor in a couple more (not the one by Centennial HS though). He said they're generally profitable at 10 patients a day, and ones with really low overhead can turn a profit on 8 patients a day.... which goes to show what kind of patient levels this facility was seeing.
Fascinating to hear how much profit they are making off of each patient. I can't imagine what the lease payment alone is on a building like that. More power to them if they can make it work. I think I will just go to the hospital if I need help.
 

sjdfw

Silver Member
#11
I don't know. I don't have the heart to tell my friend I think their entire business model is based in large part on people thinking they're going to an urgent care doc-in-the-box, then getting billed at ER rates.
Yep, that's what happened to us, lesson learned. My wife had to get stitches when she cut her fingers on a mandolin. Our out of pocket was $900 and they billed the insurance around $2500.
 

Opus

Silver Member
#12
I don't know. I don't have the heart to tell my friend I think their entire business model is based in large part on people thinking they're going to an urgent care doc-in-the-box, then getting billed at ER rates.
I think that is what hurts them long term. I've heard of people going in for common things such as strep and getting billed as ER visit.
 

sjdfw

Silver Member
#13
Looks like another ER went out of business, I drove by the one on 121/Custer in front of the new Wal-Mart, the doors were closed up and signs were down. Not too much of a surprise, there is Medical City Plano ER about a mile down the road as well as the hospital ER.
 

MSJ

Triple Platinum
#17
Good these ER's rip you off,
Places like Care Now, Concentra and the minor care clinics that are being set up in places like Walgreen's serve a purpose. If you need a ER go to a real ER.