I am a physician who graduated medical school with high honors, completed my residency with Intern Of the Year distinction, has published several research articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, and who has been in practice for 11 years. I would like to return to my hometown and practice medicine, thereby fulfilling my life-long dream of serving my community as well as bringing medical care back to an area that is critically medically underserved and has not had a Board-Certified medical doctor in 5 years. I am the only “homegrown” medical doctor that has ever returned to the area makes it only befitting that I return to her community and restore quality medical services to my hometown.
As a family practice physician, I will focus on diagnosing and treating conditions for all ages while emphasizing preventative medicine and the overall health and wellness of my patients. The clinic will utilize new equipment and a trained staff that will be able to optimize the care of each patient. I understand that there are many factors that can affect health, including exercise, diet, environment and heredity. I will provide the most comprehensive medical care possible in order to optimize the care and well-being of each patient. In addition, I will be the first line of contact for area visitors and natives who are experiencing medical emergencies. Having a physician in this geographically isolated region is simply imperative, and lack of this level of medical care could easily be catastrophic.
With no other Board- Certified family practitioners in a 60-mile radius, we project a gradually increasing patient load over the first several years, as we establish our place in the community.
At first, the clinic will be dependent upon the tangible support received from any charitable donations as well as from a business loan that I will take. As patient volume increases, we will begin supporting our expenses from revenues. We expect to incur operating losses in the first two years, but have planned for a strong cash balance to keep the business in operation. We will break even in the third year and begin realizing a profit in the fourth year. I will use all her experience and knowledge to create a successful and profitable practice. I will leverage the years she has spent in group multi-specialty practice as well as in community health center practice to help model this new business. My past experience in conjunction with my progressive and diversified approach to each patient will allow me to rapidly grow a large and devoted patient base.
At this time, I practice in a clinic 75 miles away, to and from which I commute nearly 3 hours per day. A good proportion of the community also travels the same extended round trip to seek my medical care on a regular basis. This redundancy is simply unfortunate and unnecessary.
From a community infrastructure point of view, it is critical that investors, new businesses, visitors and tourists to the area be assured that there is a source of quality health care available in the event of a medical event or emergency. The area is a well-known hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, skiing, snowmobiling, and camping destination, and it is estimated that approximately 50,000 tourists travel to the area yearly. Year–round community members and seasonal visitors alike deserve quality medical and emergency care, which is severely lacking at this time. While my passion is to provide that exemplary quality care to my community, I am cognizant of the fact that the business must be on sound financial footing, and therefore I am seeking tangible help for start-up of my independent medical center.
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