Member Forum

1.  Parking

Posted 18 days ago
Hive mind:
I am opening a solo pediatric practice in a small town in rural CT. There is a storefront space available in our village that is central, quaint and attracts a lot of visitors from surrounding towns. Rent is 650/month for about 350sqft that consists of two rooms. I will have to do minimal work to move in. The location would provide great advertising. The catch is parking. There is no assigned parking, though it is generally not a problem to find street parking and there is a municipal lot 120meters away. What are your thoughts?
Many thanks

Elizabeth Bird, MD
Chester CT

2.  RE: Parking

Posted 17 days ago
just do it. Your style of delivery matters much more than parking. And if you grow, you will move anyway.

PJ Parmar

3.  RE: Parking

Posted 16 days ago
Hello all. I know I have not been present for a long time. Starting my 3rd year. It has been really hard to say the least. I just started paying my self 700.00 bi-weekly. 
In August 2015, 2 months  before I open my door to see patients,  I had been approved For  a start up loan by a big American  bank. They never released the money. I had already committed with land lord to start paying rent in 10/2015. I already had furniture and everything to start. I had to cash a small 401k and asked family and friends for loans. 
Credentialing was another uphill struggle. Even though I had 200 patients that followed me from my previous job I could not get reimbursed because CMS and Florida Blue , main payers here took more than a year to get my credentialing in place. 
My recommendation for those wanting to open a solo practice. Have enough money =funding that will cover at least 30 months of your expenses!! 
With regard to parking, make sure you have designated handicap parking. For some payers is almost a requirement and some patients need it.
Blessing from above to all!!

4.  RE: Parking

Posted 13 days ago
When I first started, I worked part time in urgent care and part time in my practice. Gradually transitioned. It is possible to set up practice with our taking out loans.

Elaine Chu

5.  RE: Parking

Posted 17 days ago
I have a colleague who has a practice with a similar parking situation. She has a designated patient drop off area next to the building for those few who need it.  Otherwise, patients don't seem to have a problem parking elsewhere and getting to clinic to be seen.

Demetra Barr Reynolds
Family Physician