Raising the bar in sports medicine
Not content with a nice veterinary facility, these doctors built Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group to rival the best in human medicine.
Oct 01, 2010
When Drs. Sherman and Debra Canapp tackle a project, they don't do anything halfway. That includes starting a veterinary practice—and building a new facility.
BETTER THAN HUMAN
It's common for veterinarians to travel the country seeking ideas from other veterinary hospitals when building their own hospital. Touring facilities such as Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, though, isn't quite as common. But the Canapps visited numerous top-rate human hospitals seeking the best ideas for their own project.
"We wanted a large building that we could convert," Dr. Debra Canapp says. "We wanted the ability to conduct clinical research trials and have space for surgery and rehabilitation all under one roof."
In the Washington, D.C., area, where square footage comes at a premium, that was no small task. But they found a 16,000-square-foot warehouse in a business park that suited their needs. "We didn't want a stepping stone facility," she says. "If we were going in, we were going all in. I knew we offered very high-quality medicine, and we wanted a facility that reflected that to our clients. As a subspecialty, we needed to stand out."
Since clients often travel across the state—or even across the world—for care at VOSM, Drs. Sherman and Debra Canapp wanted to make their time at the practice comfortable. So they included nook seating in the waiting area to offer more privacy, a children's play area, and more upscale, homelike surroundings. A separate waiting area offers space for clients who spend the entire day at the hospital. In this area they enjoy a flat-screen TV and Internet access, snacks and drinks from the hospitality area, and cushy seating.
Last but not least, even team members feel spoiled in this facility. They have access to a full gym with iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs and can kick back in an employee lounge equipped with a full kitchen.