6 Benefits of a Medical Office Blueprint

The blueprint of medical office spaces has long-term effects — for better or worse. An effectively constructed medical office can significantly increase the satisfaction of patients, physicians, and staff. If can also have dramatic effects on practice efficiency, productivity and profitability. To help you get started, we have outlined short- and long-term benefits of a well-designed medical office blueprint.

6 Benefits of a Medical Office Blueprint and Planning

Convenience. An effective office layout factors in the functions of each department and their inter-dependability. For instance, it might make sense to group employees who process patient information to patient services so that these employees can consult with each other as needed. Grouping employees who do the same or related work helps to ensure that documents and papers will be shared and processed in a timely and efficient manner.

If you plan to redesign your medical office space, make a list of key tasks all personnel perform, such as speaking to customers on the telephone, examining the patients, or producing invoices. The list will serve as a reference when you begin mapping out the new blueprint.

Efficient Workplace. An effective layout provides employees with the space and resources they need to complete assigned tasks. Work surfaces should be large enough to accommodate files, equipment, and/or tools. The use of comfortable chairs and adequate lighting may reduce anxiety and muscle aches and pains, which can hurt productivity.

Cost Efficiency. In contemplating a major expense, it is important to compare initial costs to long-term benefits. For example, exam rooms. Should adjacent exam rooms be mirror images or identical? Mirror images reduce construction costs by having the plumbing for both rooms in a single wall. Identical exam rooms allow physicians and their staff to develop and take advantage of reflexive knowledge of the location of supplies and equipment.

To help you calculate, let’s take a look. Suppose a physician sees an average of twenty patients per day, and assume the identical layout saves a physician an average of thirty seconds per patient compared to the mirror image layout.

  • 0.5 minutes/physician x 20 patients/day = 10 minutes saved/day/physician
  • That is 50 minutes/week/physician, or
  • Three hours and 20 minutes/physician/month

At this rate, the productivity gains will quickly cover the extra plumbing costs.

Traffic Flow. Productivity is enhanced with every step you save. An effective office layout is designed with a circular traffic flow in mind that leads from the waiting room through reception to exam rooms and back out the reception. This promotes fluidity, less congestion, and a linear flow. Nothing is worse than showing up for an appointment and having no idea where to go. Be sure to design the office considering foot traffic flow. Your patients are more likely to have a seamless end-to-end experience during their stay and not wander off to restricted areas.

On and Off Set Behavior. Nothing is worse than a waiting patient seeing his or her physician arrive later than scheduled. It is even worse when patients do not understand why the physician or staff may not be available to immediately begin seeing patients.

Creating a separate entrance for physicians and staff separates “off set” and “on set” behavior and allows a physician to enter and exit as needed. It increases employee satisfaction and morale. Staff can laugh, talk about their day or plan for the evening, and not be concerned about the impression on patients. Once the physician and staff is on set, full attention and care is provided.

Confidentiality in Space & Design. Medical records and consultations are of upmost confidentiality. To respect the privacy of your patients, office and storage space should be out of patients’ view, with exception to the reception area. Administrative staff need to store all private patient information, diagnoses, billing, treatments or medications in a secure file. Doctors and technicians need separate, additional rooms for testing so patients have privacy when services are administered.

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Redesigning your medical office space is an exciting new chapter in your practice, but planning and designing ahead is vital to your success. Whether you are starting from scratch or purchasing an existing space, Boulevard Medical Properties has the expertise and knowledge to help guide you.

Design Tips for Pediatric Medical Practices

Interior design and décor is vital to the success of any pediatric medical practices. Not only do they play a key role in the comfort level and first impression of young patients, a well-decorated pediatric waiting room creates an inviting space for both children and parents.

Creating facilities that promote healing while offering a safe, comfortable environment can alleviate any anxiety in the doctor’s office. Here are a few ideas.

Color Schemes

Colors evoke emotions — positive or negative. The use of bright, vibrant colors is a common practice in pediatric-friendly interiors since children are naturally stimulated by bright colors. However, the use of too much can lead to agitation and irritability. Here a few guidelines in color theory to help you select the right hues for your waiting room and medical space.

  • Avoid using bright red in large quantities. Red is known to increase appetite, aggression and raise blood pressure and heart rate. It can also make some people feel anxious and irritable, or even angry. Use it in smaller quantities such as chairs or in wall décor.
  • Use as much yellow as you like since this color invokes feelings of happiness, cheerfulness, and joy.
  • Blue and green. These cool tones create a feeling of relaxation and tranquility. Blue and green are good choices for large areas such as walls or flooring.
  • This color sparks creativity, which makes it a good choice for the children’s waiting

Fun Themes for Office Design

Themes are widely popular in pediatric offices because they help put children at ease. They aid as distractions from the upset of examinations, shots, and other procedures. Children are drawn to living creatures and nature, making natural themes an excellent choice. Children are also drawn to fantasy, magic, and worlds of imagination.

Jungle or Safari Theme

Decorate your medical office with a jungle or safari theme. Paint a jungle background on a few walls and flesh out the theme with a lot of greenery including plants and trees. Further embellish the walls with monkeys, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, elephants, and zebras. Each of these animals can be painted or applied with vinyl wall decals. Instead of numbering exam rooms, label each one with an animal name such as monkey room or zebra room.

Ocean Theme

Ocean scenery creates wonder and a tranquil ambience. Paint the walls blue or blue-green color, and decorate them with brightly-colored fish, whales, dolphins, sharks, octopus, seahorses, and starfish.

Consider setting up a saltwater aquarium in the waiting room to provide endless distraction for children. Provide coffee table picture books and children’s books about the ocean to help patients pass the time while waiting to be seen. Exam rooms can also have ocean-inspired names such as starfish room.

Fantasy Theme

Bright, colorful wall murals featuring scenes with magical elements can help make the office seem less intimidating. Decorate the walls with castles, princesses, mermaids, fairies, unicorns, and dragons. Include plenty of children’s books containing popular fairy tales. You can further distract children from where they really are with fairy-tale cartoons and movies on a TV.

Wall Décor

In addition to painted murals and vinyl wall decals, handcrafted wall art helps give a pediatric office a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Children’s Art. Create and mount art created by children on your walls. This makes a nice wall décor and gives children something they can relate to. Best of all, these young artists can be commissioned for free.

Start by painting the canvas in a solid color that complements the wall color, and then let the children paint their abstract designs or pictures on the colored canvas.

3D Paper Wall Art. Accent your walls with framed wall art made of simple designs punched out of stock paper. Designs such as butterflies, birds, clouds, and hot air balloons add for a décor that really stands out.

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Redesigning your pediatric medical office space is an exciting new chapter in your practice, but planning and designing ahead is vital to your success. Whether you are starting from scratch or purchasing an existing space, Boulevard Medical Properties has the expertise and knowledge to help guide you.

Turning Your Waiting Room into a Playful Halloween Space

Halloween is almost here, so what better way to get your patients and staff – young and old – into the spirit than by adding some spooky-but-friendly character and activities to your waiting room? Below are 5 ways to create the ultimate Halloween space.

1. Have a Costume Contest

Ask your staff to dress up in spirit of Halloween and wear numbers, ask your patients/visitors to place a number in the bowl while they are in the waiting room, corresponding to their favorite costume. Give a prize to the team member with the most votes. Be sure to lay out ground rules for costumes, such as avoiding too-scary or otherwise inappropriate attire.

2. Have a Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Ask your staff to decorate a pumpkin in the waiting room and label with numbers, ask your patients/visitors to place a number in the bowl on their way out, corresponding to their favorite pumpkin. Give a prize to the team member with the most votes and give a winning patient/visitor a winning pumpkin.

Give a prize to the team member with the most votes. Again, avoid decorations that are too scary or inappropriate in nature.

3. Host a Trick-or-Treat

This is especially fun for after-hour social with your patients/family, community, and staff. If your waiting room is large enough, you can create a fun little game with prizes for trick-or-treaters. Be sure to include business cards or other marketing material with your treats. The kids get the candy, and the business/marketing-related material (magnets, key chains, pens) gets used for daily reminder of who to call when someone is need of medical services.

4. Sponsor a Trick-or-Treat Bag

Create a festive bag made up with your clinic information on them. Hand these out at the check-out desk.

5. Set up Festive Arts and Craft Activities

Turn your waiting room into a play room for kids as they wait for their appointment with family. Kids enjoy creative ways to express themselves and these activities are ideal for Halloween fun in the clinic.

  • Spider Web Plates. Kids can practice their fine motor skills by threading white yarn through holes punched into a black paper plate to create a simple spider web craft from Anne Lily Design. Finish with foam spider stickers.
  • Monster Mobile. Transform toilet paper rolls into this monster mobile from Happy Hooligans by painting or coloring the tubes and adding on googly eyes, squiggly pipe-cleaner arms, and toothy construction-paper mouths.
  • Spider Web Sacks. Create these spider web sacks from Modern Parents Messy Kids with balloons, white yarn, and craft glue. Stick on some plastic spiders for a little spooky flair.
  • Monster Hands. Have kids trace their arm and fingers on marbled green paper to create this monster hand from Happy Hooligans. Cut it out and have the kids glue on foam fingernails and dried bean “warts.”
  • Masking Tape Mummy. A basic gingerbread man becomes a mummy in this simple project from No Time for Flashcards. All you need is masking tape and googly eyes.
  • Paper Plate Frankenstein. Finger painting is always fun, and the perfect way to create these Frankenstein faces from Easy Preschool Craft. Cut the top off a paper plate to make the flat head and provide the kids with the paper hair, eyes, noses, and bolts to glue on.
  • Mini Mummy. This merry mummy will have kids wrapped up in laughter. To make this, secure a bouncy ball to the end of a craft stick with tape. Fold one end of a neon-yellow chenille stem back and forth in small increments to make fingers; wrap the other end around the stick. Repeat for the other arm. Wrap the entire ball and stick with 2-inch-wide first aid gauze that has been cut in half lengthwise; tuck the end into the back of the body. Complete the look by gluing googly eyes between the head layers.
  • Frankenstein Noisemaker. The funny face and rattling sound of this Frankenstein noisemaker are sure to scare away everything that goes bump on Halloween Adults can prep the plates by punching the holes around the edges and cutting a hole in the bottom for the dowel. Kids will have a blast putting noisemaker filler inside and decorating the outside with dimensional paint and cutout facial features.

From all of us at Boulevard Medical Properties, have a fun and safe Halloween. If you’re looking for a new property to start or move your medical practice to or need advice on the process, contact us today.

5 Musts for a Dental Practice

Starting a dental practice is an exciting new chapter of your career, but careful planning is required to set realistic expectations and future growth. Whether you are starting your practice from scratch or purchasing an existing one, our guide will help you get started.

5 Ways to a Successful Dental Practice

Do Your Research

Building a brand is no easy task; it is an investment. A huge factor when it comes to branding and managing your business is understanding who your demographic and audience is. One too few dentists think of research as the backbone to their business decision. For example, some choose to locate their practice near their homes. They fail to research each potential location and its invaluable properties.

  • Competition. Research and consider how many other physicians are in the area.
  • Economic Factors: Does it support industries, schools or government offices? What is the income bracket of the neighborhood (i.e. Medicare and Medicaid population)?
  • Demographic: Understand your community and market (i.e. population, age, sex, race and educational factors of the area).
  • Availability of Space: What is the real estate available for medical office space? Will you have to lease non-medical space?

Build an Online Presence

The internet is an invaluable resource for both your dental practice and your patients. It is the digital hub of information, knowledge, and communication. Consider an agency to create a website, manage social and content marketing services, optimize your site to ensure it ranks in the best possible positions. Make sure your site is informative, intuitive, easy to navigate, and also provides potential patients with a means of communication.

Digitize your services and communication portals. Innovative medical professionals value and understand that most patients use the internet to research services and medical concerns. They are also savvy about how their patients use smartphones and tablets, so stay updated and connected with your patients and community with a touch of a screen. Create a personalized portal to provide patients with sensitive information about lab results and prescriptions. Allow patients to book appointments straight from the app or website for more convenience.

There are numerous ways to expand your practice with the use of digital services. Before you decide which strategy to implement, assess your competitors and their strategies. Identify what features and services are lacking on their end and build upon that for your practice.

If time is of the essence, you could outsource the work to trained professionals. Consultants and third party professionals can focus on the technical side of the practice as you continue to work on it operations and patient services.

Hire Good Staff

A dental practice is a delicate ecosystem. Every person and environment impacts the efficiency, service, and quality of a patient’s experience. Your staff, for example, is the front line of your medical practice. Patients will choose you or lose you based on who you hire. A rude front-office receptionist can devastate and stump the growth of your practice.

It is also important to evaluate your resources and decide if your additional hires are necessary. While your staff is one of your greatest assets, they are also one of your biggest expenses. Take time to review and analyze your current IT capabilities and see if adding additional staff is necessary and/or if new software can improve your patient service and efficiency.

Build Authentic Relationships

Going to the dentist is scary enough without feeling like the person with their hands in your mouth is a complete stranger. To reduce patient anxiety, get involved at local events, sponsor a youth sports league or hold your own charity drive. Let your patients get to know you, your team, and your passions. The relationship you build with your patients can help relieve any barriers and negative concerns.

If time is limited outside of the practice, connect with your patients in-office. For example, you may decide to share a recent weekend outing with the family or chat about a favorite TV show. Discussing these seemingly insignificant topics builds a connection with your patient, thus breaking down — or at least, lowering — their feelings of anxiety or stress.

Incorporate

Incorporated business has tax benefits, such as deductions in medical insurance, travel expense and daily business expenses. You can also deduct your business losses, which is more difficult if you are a sole proprietor. Income earned as a corporation is not subject to Social Security taxes, only the portion you take home as salary. Lastly, corporations tend to be taxed at a lower rate than self-employed business owners.

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Starting your own dental practice is an exciting new chapter in your life, but planning, research and execution is vital to your success. Whether you are starting from scratch or purchasing an existing one, Boulevard Medical Properties has the expertise and knowledge to help guide you. Contact us today.

Patient Comfort in LA: Ideas for Your Medical Practice

Health and medical professionals strive, every day, to cure ailments and relieve patient symptoms. But success in these areas often depend on factors beyond our control. On the other hand, improving patient comfort measures is always within your power — as a doctor or physician, nurse, and/or medical staff.

There are plenty of methods to ensure patient comfort without sacrificing time or resources. We have compiled some of the best steps to consider while assessing your medical practice and patient satisfaction.

What is the Value in Patient Comfort?

Patient-centered care is holistic. Everyone has a role in the patient journey: from the arrivals parking attendant to the clinical staff and physician, including environmental services and the receptionist. Successful medical offices and hospitals provide an exceptional patient experience. Organizations, which foster a culture that focuses on patients, are rewarded with higher clinical quality and efficiency, a greater employee engagement, a safer patient environment, and improved bottom line.

Patient care experience includes respect, partnership, shared decision making, well-coordinated transitions, and efficiency. For organizations seeking to make their care more patient-centered, our best practices offer concrete tools and a road map for integration of new practices into existing processes.

How to Adopt Patient Comfort into Your Daily Process

Adding steps to your organization’s day-to-day processes can be a transition. However, if your plan is properly implemented, it can quickly become a part of your institution’s culture. Here are a few ways to improve patient comfort into your daily processes.

Strive to Build Authentic Relationships

The relationship between healthcare professionals and their patients is psychological. While it is your job to ask patients personal questions about their life, habits and condition, it is imperative to establish common ground and build a social relationship. For example, you may decide to share a recent family outing or chat about a favorite past time. Discussing these seemingly insignificant topics builds a connection with your patient. By breaking down — or at least, lowering — these psychological barriers, you can help better relieve a patient’s concerns or anxieties.

Remember Patient Comfort Can Be a Time Saver

Patient anxiety and discomfort can lead to disrupted care and results. These challenging circumstances can quickly eat away at your schedule and reduce the amount of time available to dedicate to subsequent patients. However, securing patient comfort can save time.

For example, a relaxed environment will help reduce the chances of patient anxiety during procedures. Taking a moment to talk with your patient or ask about his or her comfort preferences can ensure a better experience for everyone involved.

Set the Tone and Environment in Color

A perfectly crafted color palette can set the tone for a healthcare facility, whether it’s the product of renovation, interior design, or a new-build project. But determining what shades of colors are best suited for your medical office should be done with consideration.

Blue represents honesty, loyalty, wisdom, dependability, and security. It is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for medical offices to help calm patients and encourage a healing environment. A light blue can balance well with warm hues for furnishings and fabrics. To encourage relaxation in waiting or exam areas, consider warmer blues. Softer blues are known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. Darker blues, however, may evoke feelings of sadness.

Green is very pleasing to the senses. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and cheerfulness of yellow, green has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress and is often associated to peace, harmony, and support. It encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and relaxation.

Yellow is commonly associated with laughter, happiness, and joy. It has energizing properties, but be careful with it; when using an intense yellow, it can cause unease. Use yellow sparingly in just the right places to add contrast and visual interest, but refrain from using it as your main color. In large amounts, yellow has been reported to create feelings of frustration and anger.

Pink is the most calming of all colors. Think of pink as the color of compassion, kindness, empathy, and hope. A touch of pink in a room is intuitive and insightful, a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings. It is a positive color that reassures our emotional energies, and can help alleviate feelings of anger and aggression.

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Whether you are planning to elicit a safer patient environment or increase clinical quality and efficiency in LA, Boulevard Medical Properties has the expertise and knowledge to help guide you. Contact us today.

Medical Office Security: Best Practices

Medical office security is top of mind for every practice, no matter what size. There are many steps that can be taken to improve security, many of which require inexpensive outlays and measures. To find out what is best for your medical practice, it’s suggested you hire a security consultant to visit the premises and conduct a thorough security analysis. This review can identify weak spots and provide a clear action plan for upgrading security.

To help get you started, we have compiled a best practice guide for your office security. Avoid the pitfalls of keeping your property protected while away; our guide can give you the tips for planning and effectively working with your security consultant and team.

Where to Get Started

The best place to start when examining security is the physical layout of the premises itself, or the layout of the larger building of which your medical practice is a part of. Design should take in wide, open areas with clear sight lines, hallways and offices with no nooks or crannies where an intruder could hide in the shadows.

Keep areas within the property well lit; especially after hours when employees might be working alone or in small groups. Doors and windows are the most obvious access points to an office and should be secure. You should avoid double doors as they are easily hinged open. Entrance way doors, specifically those used for deliveries, should be steel to add security and aid in fire protection. Door hinges should face inward and use non-removable pins and screws. Combination locks on washrooms and other common areas are also an excellent option for added security.

Here are other suggestions to help increase security in your medical office:

  • Install key-card access systems at main and side entrances for staff.
  • Upgrade perimeter control systems with intercoms and closed circuit monitoring devices.
  • Keep master and extra keys locked in a security office.
  • Have a back up communication system, like two-way radio.
  • Arrange office space so suspect visitors can be easily noticed.
  • Have staff follow strict access control procedures.
  • Keep important and confidential documents locked in secure cabinets.
  • Keep office areas neat and orderly to identify strange objects.
  • Lock closets, service openings, telephone and electrical closets at all times.
  • Keep publicly accessible restroom doors locked and set up a key control system.

An Additional Security Tip to Implement

Aside from the general guidelines and tips (listed above), consider implementing this security measure:

Set Up Secure Areas in the Building. Consider maintaining one or more “secure rooms” on your premises. This area can serve as a retreat in case of intrusion or other danger. You should equip the room with:

  • First aid equipment
  • Phone and backup communication equipment
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Bomb blankets and hardened walls
  • Sand bags
  • Emergency tool kit
  • Extra food and clothing
  • Large flashlight and batteries

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In general, you need to ensure that medical office security is a measure to be installed in advance. Additional security steps ensure heightened safety when employees and staff are away. Whether your medical practice is new or established, Boulevard Medical Properties has the expertise and knowledge to help guide you. Avoid the pitfalls of securing your property; our expert staff can give you the tips for planning and effectively securing your medical office.

How Smart Technology is Revolutionizing Healthcare

Smart technology is increasingly popular, and it is not new to healthcare either. Although it may not be as prevalent as it is commercially, smart technology is a major topic for medical suites and hospitals today. It’s all about gathering, sharing and using information with the lofty aspirations of improving care while also cutting costs.

The emphasis is on functional interoperability of medical devices and systems to develop a fully interconnected medical institution where data is seamlessly linked and readily available among devices and systems, particularly in electronic health records. But the question lingers, is it worth the investment?

4 Benefits of Smart Technology in the Medical Industry

An intelligent medical suite is based on a combination of existing technologies that are designed, set up and integrated to share data in real-time; and ultimately to provide an enhanced level of clinical information to enable diagnosis, to monitor treatment, and to provide data to see how your practice is performing. 4 key ways adopting smart tech can help are:

1. Increase Medication Compliance

Mobile technology can help patients adhere to their medication orders. It can provide patients with pertinent information on why medical adherence is necessary, especially prescription adherence. The technology can send patients messages and updates, providing them easy, convenient access to readily available information.

Smart technology can calculate when a prescription will run out and send the patient a reminder to get a refill. When the patient refills their prescription, smart tech can send dosage reminders and ask the patient if they took their medication or not.

These capabilities offer medical suites a resource to help lower medication noncompliance and to reduce readmissions.

2. Improve the Post-Treatment Process

Smart technology is a medium for patients and medical suites to monitor hospital discharge instructions and double-check prescriptions. This convenience helps improve medication accuracy and patient safety.

Patients receive a lot of paperwork and instructions upon discharge from their in- or out-patient care. This is not conducive to patients remembering detailed treatment and post-evaluation care (i.e. prescription requirements). Tech can help patients recall the information they receive at discharge by sending post-treatment instruction reminders.

3. Granting Patients Access to Health Information

Given many people now tend to Google possible causes of health issues, embracing smart technology that provides accurate information is a must. Current technology can help medical suites and healthcare professionals realize the value in storing and monitoring a patient’s historical information.  Making information that is already accumulated and stored about a patient readily available improves evidence-based practice standards.

4. Bigger Data for Improved Healthcare

Smart technologies can provide physicians information on the newest and greatest evidence-based medical best practices. Mobile applications can be developed to track health outcomes and evaluate where deviations from expected outcomes occurred and why; allowing medical professionals to identify areas for improvement.

Big data may improve the healthcare system’s ability to assess population health. Mobile technologies can use applications to track health trends as an early indicator of emerging health issues.

Things You Should Consider before Investing in Smart Tech

Smart tech is revolutionizing the way patients and physicians connect, access and analyze information, and communicate.

While this technology has many great implications, it also raises red flags among some practitioners. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued and amended their oversight to specific mobile medical applications and how they are used to perform diagnostics. This evolving legislative landscape highlights the dangers associated with use of mobile technology:

  • Data Privacy. Free and paid apps may send unencrypted data to advertisers and third party data analytics firms. This information is used for behavioral tracking, transmitting detailed personal information to advertisers.
  • HIPAA Concerns. Many medical practices are aware of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). However, many app developers haven’t considered the importance of HIPAA compliance as required by the medical profession. Up to 50% of health apps have vague or non-existent privacy policies. Some fail to use encryption technology to protect data breaching during the transmission and storage of sensitive information.

Rent or Buy: Which Option is Best for Your Practice?

At one time or another, every medical practice considers whether it is better off to rent or buy its office space. The decision varies.

We’ve compiled a few helpful factors you should consider as you evaluate and strategize your location and move.

Rent or Buy?

The Cash Flow Factor

Typically, you don’t need to invest as much money upfront when you rent as you do when you buy. For example: When you rent, your upfront cost typically comprises the first month’s rent, a security deposit, and extra dollars over the allowance to build out your medical space. When buying, pay for an appraisal, building inspections, loan fees, all the improvement dollars, and other costs.

The Fixed/Variable Cost Factor

Buying an office building gives you a good idea of what your annual costs will be, especially if you get a fixed-rate loan on the property. However, you must be prepared for costs associated with refinancing. Renting an office, on the other hand, is subject to market changes when your lease term expires. Many rental agreements also have a clause allowing for an annual cost increase tied to changes in the Consumer Price Index or some other measure.

The Expansion and Growth Factor

Buying a building to relocate may seem attractive, but factor in the potential for growth and expansion. Outgrowing a space doesn’t have to be a financial crisis. If your practice increases so much that it needs twice the space of the building you have, you can lease out the building at a profit and move your practice into a new, larger space.

Outgrowing a space doesn’t have to involve relocation. Sometimes a growing practice can avoid the cost of moving by simply leasing more space in the building it occupies (subletting). That, however, is not an option when you own a building unless you’re only occupying part of it and another space is available.

The Appreciation Factor

Buying a building opens the door to real estate investing, especially if you’re in an area of appreciating land values. If you own a building with more space than your practice needs, you will likely rent out available space to others, becoming a landlord. It can be profitable, but it can also be more work than simply renting a space.

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In general, renting tends to appeal to medical practices, especially those that don’t want to make large upfront investments. Buying makes more sense if your practice is more established, wants to be in one location for several years, has the financial resources to take on a significant real estate investment.

Whether your medical practice is growing or just getting started, Boulevard Medical Properties has the expertise and knowledge to help guide you. Avoid the pitfalls of expanding your practice; our expert staff can give you the tips to help you effectively rent or buy your next medical office.

The 6 Best Ways to Expand Your Medical Practice

Expanding your medical practice is a sure sign that you’re doing something right and that your patients find you valuable. Focusing on your patients while going through the expansion process, however, is not an easy task. There are numerous things to consider when expanding, but there are a few that will make planning and execution smoother in the end.

Expanding Your Medical Practice

1. Infrastructure

Expansion doesn’t stop at just adding new staff or service. When adding a new doctor to an existing practice you need to consider your existing space (rooms, offices, restrooms) to make sure enough capacity is available to handle the increased patient load. Another consideration is the impact to your current technology bandwidth.

2. Staffing

Expansion often requires new hires. While your staff is one of your greatest assets, they are also one of your biggest expenses. When considering new hires, it is important to evaluate your resources and decide if you can expand assignments or if technology can help. Take time to review and analyze your current IT capabilities and see if adding additional staff is necessary, and/or if new software can improve your customer service and efficiency.

3. Services

Expanding your medical practice is an opportunity to expand the services you offer. This can be concierge services that create additional value for your patients or expanding hours of operation or adding niche services. Simple changes create added value to your business and for your patients. It can also have a tremendous impact on your bottom line.

4. Online Presence

Expanding your medical office will mean getting more brand recognition and clientele. The internet is an invaluable tool to create a website, manage social and content marketing services, and purchase SEO services to ensure your site ranks in the best possible positions. Make sure your site is informative, intuitive, easy to navigate, and also provides potential patients with a means of communication.

5. Go Digital

Innovative medical professionals value and understand that most patients use the internet to research services and medical concerns. They are also savvy about how their patients use smart phones and tablets. Stay updated and connected with your patients and community with a touch of a screen. Go digital. Create a personalized portal to provide patients with sensitive information about lab results and prescriptions. Allow patients to book appointments straight from the app or website for more convenience.

There are numerous ways to expand your practice with the use of digital services. Before you decide which strategy to implement, assess your competitors and their strategies.

If time is of essence, you could outsource the work to trained professionals. Consultants and third party professionals can focus on the technical side of the business as you continue to work on the operative side.

6. Move Your Practice

Expanding your practice may require relocation. Not only is it time consuming, it is can be very stressful. Your time is money and efficiency is key. You’ll want to employ extra professionals to manage the increase in work. It is vital that you relocate within your timeline and schedule, select trusted advisers and consultants, plan IT relocation carefully, and map out your budget wisely.

As you plan to move, consider the location, demographic, cost and competition in the market. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages, and consider the necessity and the viable alternatives.

Putting it All Together

Every business, small or large, wants to operate in the most cost-effective manner, even during an expansion. It is an exciting prospect; however, the actual expansion can be very stressful. In fact, most people involved in the process will experience high stress levels, sleepless nights, and blame if anything goes wrong. To minimize delays and errors, it is essential to understand the best practices and how to expand your practice efficiently and smoothly.

To help you get started, schedule an appointment with Boulevard Medical Properties. Avoid the pitfalls of expanding your medical practice; our expert staff can give you the tips for planning and effectively working with your project team.

How to Keep Patients Calm with the Right Colors

A perfectly crafted color palette can set the tone for a healthcare facility, whether it’s the product of renovation, interior design, or a new-build project. But determining what shades of colors are best suited for your medical office should be done with consideration of how you can keep patients calm.

Learn how to create an environment that will create and foster health and wellness with the help of colors.

How to Choose Calming Colors for Your Medical Space

Color tones and contrasting textures create the ambience of the space. This could be in the furniture you choose, as well as the colors of your walls and fixtures. If you are designing your medical office, you may want to consider calming and soothing colors that help your patients feel more at ease.

Blue represents honesty, loyalty, wisdom, dependability, and security. It can help bring down blood pressure, and slow respiration and heart rate. It is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for medical offices for healing properties.

A pastel blue can come across as unpleasantly chilly on the walls and furnishings. A light blue, on the other hand, can balance well with warm hues for furnishings and fabrics. To encourage relaxation in waiting or exam areas, consider warmer blues such as periwinkle, or bright blues such as cerulean or turquoise. Softer blues are known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. Darker blues can have the opposite effect, evoking feelings of sadness.

Green is very pleasing to the senses. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and cheerfulness of yellow, green has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress and is often associated with peace, harmony and support.

Yellow is commonly associated with laughter, happiness and joy. A room decorated with yellow fosters positivity because the brain reportedly releases serotonin when around this color. It has energizing properties, but be careful with yellow; when too strong, it is the color of intensity. Use yellow sparingly in just the right places to add contrast and visual interest, but refrain from using it as your choice for main color schemes. In larger amounts, yellow can create feelings of frustration and anger.

Pink is believed to be the most calming of all colors. Think of pink as the color of compassion, kindness, empathy, and hope. A touch of pink in a room is intuitive and insightful; a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings. It is a positive color that reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger and aggression. In a healthcare facility, the color pink helps patients relate to understanding and the giving and receiving of nurturing.

Color Tones to Avoid

Red is the color of energy, movement and excitement. Red is not commonly used in the healthcare industry. Invoking feelings of rage and hostility, this color can raise blood pressure, and increase respiration and heart rate. Sitting for long periods of time in a room painted in red will likely affect the peace and harmony you are striving to create in your medical office. Instead of ensuring you keep patients calm, they will likely feel less at ease.

Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm, and is an energetic color. While this color is great for an exercise room, it is not recommended for your medical office as it stimulates deprivation, frivolity, frustration, and immaturity. Unlike the calming and healing properties of blues and greens, orange increases energy levels.

How to Choose a Color Palette for Your Medical Office

  1. Stick to 2 or 3 colors and one accent color. This allows for simplicity in design and visual interest.
  2. Follow the 60-30-10 rule. Use a primary color for 60% of the space, a secondary color for 30% of the space, and an accent color for the remaining 10%.
  3. The makeup of your target audience. For hospitals and medical offices, gear towards using cool and calming colors to create a soothing environment. Stay away from bright, highly saturated colors or high contrast colors as either can create a sense of anxiety.

If you need help finding a property for your medical practice or having it designed in a way that will ensure the space can foster a calming atmosphere, be sure to get in contact with Boulevard Medical Properties today.

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