Adaptive Reuse in The Healthcare Industry Paper


Adaptive Reuse

You are to take the scenario listed below, address it in full, and submit your work in accordance with the instructions contained herein.

The Challenge

Your reading assignments include an article on adaptive reuse (see “Adaptive Reuse in the Healthcare Industry: Repurposing Abandoned Buildings to Serve Medical Missions”), a practice which has vast implications for healthcare strategy.

Elrod JK, Fortenberry JL Jr. Adaptive Reuse in the Healthcare Industry: Repurposing Abandoned Buildings to Serve Medical Missions. BMC Health Services Research. 2017;17(Suppl 1):451. 

Here’s the scenario:

Place yourself in the role of Strategy Officer for a soon-to-be-established retail pharmacy based in the city of your choice. (An actual city must be selected as this assignment calls for formal market research.)  This entity will be named Stafford Discount Drugs and it will offer the usual and customary array of services provided by retail pharmacies. (If you are unfamiliar with retail pharmacies and the types of services offered, conduct associated research to gain a proper understanding before completing the assignment.)  The owner/pharmacist desires operational efficiency and also takes opportunities where possible to make environmentally-responsible decisions. Having learned of adaptive reuse, he enlists you to search the city seeking abandoned and available commercial buildings which might be able to be converted into a retail pharmacy through adaptive reuse. Your mission is to identify three potential adaptive reuse candidates in your area, identifying their physical address, describing them in detail, and ranking their potential to be converted successfully. The candidates must be actual commercial properties which currently are for sale, so best to consult commercial real estate websites and conduct good old-fashioned, boots-on-the-ground investigations to identify prospects. Feel free to supply links in your text to real estate listings, if available, or other resources to identify your selected candidates. If no such properties exist in the immediate market, expand its boundaries until you find accommodations meeting desired specifications.

Note that in the real world, a project such as this would represent quite the undertaking, requiring possession of an extensive array of information (e.g., spatial needs, financial resources available, location preferences, etc.). Such rich detail (and the time needed to make use of it) isn’t available due to obvious course parameters, but you certainly have sufficient time to perform a cursory examination for purposes of identifying a few potential candidates. That’s exactly what you must do and, through this, you’ll have a better understanding of adaptive reuse.

The Submission Requirement

Your submission in its entirety (i.e., all inclusive) must be at least 1500 words. 

Your paper must be well referenced, with at least three (3) of the references being from scholarly academic journals. References may be prepared using the style guide of your choice (e.g., APA, MLA); just be sure to consistently use the selected style.

In presenting your work, identify the title, your name and student ID number, and submission date at the top of your submission and supply the following headings, exactly as they appear below, placing each in bold text:

  • Abstract (Your paper must include an abstract of approximately 150-250 words. An abstract is a stand-alone summary of your submission; it must be presented at the beginning of your paper, although, for obvious reasons, it is prepared after you finish your paper. If you aren’t familiar with writing abstracts, simply Google “how to write an abstract” or similar phrases for a wealth of helpful tips.)
  • Introduction (In this section, supply a brief introduction, helping the reader grasp the intent of the forthcoming work.)
  • Background 
    • City Profile (In this section, supply a brief overview of the city of focus, noting its name, population, demographic characteristics, and any other helpful background information.)
    • Competitive Landscape (In this section, describe the state of competition in the marketplace by identifying key providers of pharmaceutical services, painting a detailed picture of the given environment.)
  • Adaptive Reuse Candidates
    • Candidate 1 (In this section, supply a detailed profile of your first adaptive reuse candidate.)
    • Candidate 2 (In this section, supply a detailed profile of your second adaptive reuse candidate.)
    • Candidate 3 (In this section, supply a detailed profile of your third adaptive reuse candidate.)
  • Conclusions (In this section, summarize your candidate rankings, noting your recommended choice, and draw your report to a conclusion.)
  • References (In this section, supply a list of references conforming with the instructions listed elsewhere in this communication.)

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