You Do Not Have to Make Do with a Space That Is Outdated
Many medical offices now house two or more physicians. In some cases, professionals with different specialties share a location to allow for more comprehensive patient service and continuum of care. However, no matter what your practice looks like, a medical office needs four features to do business effectively.
- Ample Parking is a Necessity
Once you calculate the numbers of employees, traveling support personnel, partners, and visiting sales reps, subtract it from the available parking spaces. If there is not enough left for patients, look for secondary parking solutions. In some cases, you might rent parking lot spaces from an adjacent business. Of course, an even better answer is parking spaces at the front and rear of the building.
- Expansion Opportunities for Multiple, Large Exam Rooms
Even if you are a sole practitioner, it makes sense to have multiple exam rooms. Doing so allows your physician’s assistant to take the standard vitals and prepare patients to meet with you. Since exam rooms now also double as consultation spaces, it is not unusual for patients to bring family members along for support. As a result, the rooms need to be larger than they were in the past. Having the ability to build out and make changes to a venue’s layout is instrumental in accommodating this need.
- Building and Lot Signage Displays
A FedEx Office Survey explains that excellent signage has a direct influence on bringing in new business. A building sign is a necessity. But did you know that parking lot signage – this might include a pylon or a monument sign – is just as crucial? It appeals to motorists and introduces your brand message, practice’s name, and specialties that prospective patients want to know about.
- Buffer Area between the Reception Desk and the Waiting Area
Privacy laws require your front office personnel to protect patient privacy. People, who come to see you, check in at the front desk. Sometimes, your staff members may ask questions about pre-existing conditions, insurance coverage, or co-occurring medical disorders. To facilitate privacy, the patients’ waiting area and reception desk should have a significant buffer zone in between them. Some clinics add water features or television screens to add some white noise that keeps quiet conversations from being overheard by others.
Does Your Venue Measure Up?
These four features that a medical office needs are just a starting point. High visibility from the street, available storage, secure access, and included daily janitorial services could be other features that are important to you as well. When you want to look around to see what is available, or you want us to adapt your current building space to meet your growing needs, Ellicott Development can help. Contact us today to learn more about your options.