Live from the Hospital Design Conference: Advice from the General Practice Hospital of the Year

August 24, 2017
Katie James, dvm360 Associate Content Specialist
Katie James, dvm360 Associate Content Specialist

Katie James is an Associate Content Specialist for UBM Animal Care. She produces and edits content for dvm360.com and its associated print publications, dvm360 magazine, Vetted and Firstline. She has a passion for creating highly-engaging content through the use of new technology and storytelling platforms. In 2018, she was named a Folio: Rising Star Award Honoree, an award given to individuals who are making their mark and disrupting the status quo of magazine media, even in the early stages of their careers. She was also named an American Society of Business Publication Editors Young Leader Scholar in 2015. Katie grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. Outside of the office her sidekick is an energetic Australian cattle dog mix named Blitz.

It will be hard, but building your own practice is so rewarding, they say.

We caught up with the winner of the 2017 General Practice Hospital of the Year Award in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference to see what advice she has for other practice owners about to build their dream hospitals.

“This will be the hardest thing you do, but the most rewarding," says Lura Jones, DVM, owner of McGregor Boulevard Veterinary Clinic in Fort Myers, Florida, who brought her husband, and architect of her award-winning hospital, Matthew Horton, ASLA, with her. “I got to design my practice to fit how I function as a veterinarian. My husband is an architect and we got to take my ideas and put them on paper and design the practice in a way that would give the animals and my staff the best experience possible,” she continues.

What did they do when they ran into unexpected snags? Watch the video below to find out.