Boca Raton’s MDVIP Focuses On Building Strong Doctor Patient Relationships

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By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor

Boca Raton-based MDVP is changing how people look at their health.

Instead of waiting until you don’t feel well, the MDVP model aims to connect people to a primary care physician that can spend more time planning for a healthy future than reacting to ailments after their onset.

The company was founded in Boca Raton in 2000. Now, the company has 20 affiliated physicians within a 20 mile radius of Boca and a national network of more than 800 physicians.

MDVIP is located at the former IBM campus now known as the Boca Raton Innovative Campus. The company took over a 50,000-square-foot space that Siemens used to call home last April.

The office takes former IBM to a space may find in Silicon Valley. The office lets as much natural in as possible and mimics being outdoors. The carpet has green in it to look like grass and big pillows line the hallway that resemble rocks. A break room has games, a ping pong table and a pool table. There is an exercise room where employees can use a standing desk that has a treadmill on the bottom. There are phone booths for private calls, a meditation room and a large area to eat lunch in. Glass conference rooms are named after famous fictional doctors.

Chief Financial Officer Matthew Hashem said the space was designed by a committee with employees from every MDVIP department.

The result of their creative ideas is the current space. He said the committee still exists and if employees want to propose modifications their ideas go before the committee for consideration.

The company matches people with smaller practices so the physicians can spend more time with their patients. Physicians who are affiliated with MDVIP have a maximum of 600 patients under their care.

MDVIP members receive an annual prevention and wellness program that encompasses advanced screenings and physician counseling that focuses on important health and wellness areas including heart health, emotional well-being, diabetes risk, respiratory health, quality of sleep, hearing and vision, sexual health, nutritional assessment, weight management, bone health, comprehensive risk factor analysis and face-to-face counseling with your doctor to develop a personalized wellness plan.

The annual membership range between $1,650 and $1,850. That includes the ability to reach your doctor 24/7. The doctor will also see any children the member has. If you are traveling and fall ill the MDVIP network of physicians is available for you to access.

MDVIP was recently visited by Mayor Susan Haynie, Councilman Robert Weinroth and other city officials. The company was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the city of Boca.

“Thanks to innovative companies like MDVIP, the healthcare industry continues to be a vibrant and growing sector of our corporate community,” Mayor Susan Haynie said. “MDVIP has enjoyed tremendous success, growing from a local start-up 17 years ago into a national network. I appreciate their valuable contribution to our community and wish them continued success.”

The company’s workforce is comprised of more than 280 employees. It has been growing at 8 percent a year. The new office has 7,000-square-feet of unoccupied space available for future expansion.

For more information, visit http://www.mdvip.com