What was that all about? Was Dr. B cashing in his chips and pulling out? I had never seen a for sale sign for a doctor and his practice. Did someone other than his wife own our doctor and decide to sell him like a slave? Was he being sold by the pound along with his staff? I thought slavery ended 150 years ago - so why was someone still selling doctors? News sometimes travels slowly in Milford.
I always thought I owned a piece of North Valley Internal Medicine and Dr. B. I’ve been making payments for over 25 years and often wondered if there were any other patients who owned a larger stake in him and his practice than me.
I've brought doctor B along since he was a pup, over a quarter century in fact, and taught him everything I know about medicine. He apparently picked up a bit more formal training at medical schools along the way. But it was me and my body full of challenges that gave the doc a practice dummy so to speak on which he could perfect his craft.
So when I saw the “For Sale” sign, I wanted answers. I marched into his office, storming past his loyal gate keepers at the reception desk. “Step aside jill and Dawn, I have business with the doc”.
“What’s going on Doctor B? You can’t do this to me and hundred if not millions of other loyal patients. You can’t just sell yourself to the highest bidder. Didn’t you take the Hypocritical oath?” I demanded.
“Slow down Ern”, came the reply.” I am not being sold. No matter how much money I could make, I’m staying here and will continue to take care of you and my other patients. It’s the building that’s for sale. It will be bought by an investor hoping to make a profit from the rent he collects from me and the other tenants in this building. It’s a good business deal that frees me from the maintenance and other costs of owning a building of this size. Would you like to buy it?”
‘Hmm … why, heck yes I would” I thought. “Do I need money?” Apparently my last lobotomy had taken its planned course when that question came out. If it wasn't for that “money thing”, I would be the proud owner of the clinic. As things turned out, i am left with one column of the newsletter that is not refreshed often enough by a certain unnamed person with the initials Diane Belgiano.
I must admit that I felt better immediately, but i couldn’t help but wonder why the realtor would install a sign directly in front of the primary business sign that wrongly gave the impression that the whole skedaddle was up for grabs. And that the entire building was soon to be sold, shutters and left for the frackers or the practice shutdown or moved to Hoboken or Trump Tower.
The sign placement was a thoughtless move by a real estate agent that upset many Milfordians. The sign should have clearly stated that this was a great opportunity for an investor and the tenants were all staying. It’s all covered with a lot of blahhh, blah, blah and more high falutin’ real estate jargon.
Since then, the sign has been moved and changed and we can all go about our business knowing that North Valley Internal Medicine Clinic and Dr. Belgiano and his merry band of practitioners will be here for us.
The good news is that with the recent additions of Dr. Guido and Dr. Genson to the staff, North Valley stands ready to serve the people of Milford, Highland and parts of Outer Slobovia with even more terrific healthcare.
Looking for a great investment opportunity? Call Dr. B asap.