Thank you for taking the time to check out this blog. If you are curious, here’s a little bit about my story.
In 2003, my wife, who is a pediatrician, decided she wanted to open her medical clinic. In retrospect the timing was perfect. I was in-between jobs which gave me the chance to help get the practice up and running.
The plan? Secure loans, lease office space, buy office furniture, computers, equipment, credentialing, etc. and once the practice was up-and-running, I’d return to my job as a marketing consultant.
Scared but determined, we opened the clinic on March 1st, 2004.
A few months later and with a couple of employees helping now, we decided it was time for me to find a paying job. Soon after I was consulting for a well-known financial institution.
During my absence from the practice, while working full-time for the financial institution, it became apparent that we needed someone with a different type of skill set to manage the office.
An office manager was critical, but the practice also needed someone that had the big picture in mind, particularly with the profitability aspect of business. Someone that not only made sure medical supplies were ordered and set staff schedules but also had a broader, administrative-focused oversight.
We thought long and hard. But we could not come up with a single name that fits the requirements.
I’m kidding. The best person for the job was me. Not because I had all the skill set or the experience (I didn’t even know what an ICD-9 or CPT code was). I was the best person for the job because nobody else was going to have vested interest in the success of the practice.
Twelve years later, I’m still in the same role, and I’m happy to report that my wife and I are still married. As it turns out, we can work together (not for everybody, I know. But we are proof that it is possible).