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  • 1.  Parking

    Posted 03-01-2018 07:38
    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 03-02-2018 05:16
    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 03-03-2018 05:06
    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 03-06-2018 06:55
    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 03-02-2018 16:03
    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