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Keep Production Up While Renovating

by Mohsen Ghoreishi, CEO

In the thriving economic times of today, there is a common question from private practitioners:The banks are providing loans and the market is great. It’s time to renovate, but can I keep producing while renovating my office?

The answer is YES, but it depends on a few things. First, you must commit yourself to your practice more than ever before. Second, you need a team that is committed to seeing this through with you. Third, the physical space plays a key role as to how simple or challenging this road may be.

Let’s begin with last key point first – physical space. It sounds like you have great production and do not want to lose a penny doing a remodel. This is a daunting task, but it’s possible. I often ask my clients how many entrances they have to the practice, and they look at me wondering, why is he asking that?

If you have at least two entrances to the suite, it’s much easier to remodel while working. The project may consist of at least two or more phases. Should you have only one entrance,it becomes much more challenging to maintain production during a remodel – to the point that you may not be willing to do it.

The number of entrances is important due to maintaining legal and required means of egress for your patients and staff during the remodel. The idea is to direct patients to one entry and use the existing waiting area, while keeping a few operatories open for your daily production while the other side is blocked off for construction and remodeling.  Sterilization and lab rooms can be used during this phase depending on their location, or the architect can allocate a temporary location in the Phase I area to accommodate production. H.C toilet, if any are available, must be available to patients...

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