• A Emergis emergency room facility sits behind a fence as construction continues, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Dallas. In just a few short years freestanding emergency centers have sprouted like mushrooms across the suburban landscape, taking root in affluent neighborhoods and directly challenging medical clinics and hospitals that may only be blocks away. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    As the number of freestanding ERs grows, so does scrutiny

    DALLAS (AP) — Freestanding emergency centers have sprouted in recent years across the suburban landscape, taking root in affluent neighborhoods and directly challenging nearby medical clinics and hospitals.