Being productive boils down to three things in my mind: Hard work, dedication and honesty.
Dr. Alberto Marante has been serving communities in South Florida as a Pediatric Critical Care and Hospital physician for over 30 years. In addition and during this time he has been actively involved in the medical education of dozens of new pediatric physicians that currently practice throughout the U.S. Born in Cuba to parents who were also physicians, Dr. Marante has created Florida Pediatric Critical Care, P.A. one of his most proud accomplishments of his life’s work.
Dr. Alberto Marante, MD obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. After graduating from medical school in 1981 he did internships in Pediatrics and in Family Practice at Miami Children’s Hospital and University of Florida respectively, he then went on to complete his Pediatric Residency in 1987 at Tampa General Hospital where he was elected Chief Resident during the last year of his residency. Dr. Marante completed his medical training when he attended a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Florida where he graduated as Pediatric Critical Care specialist in 1989.
Upon graduation in 1989, Dr. Marante began his professional practice when he was recruited by Good Samaritan Medical Center to become Medical Director for that institution’s Pediatric Critical Care and Emergency Services, a position that he held until 1996.
That year, Dr. Alberto Marante, MD was recruited to what is now the HCA hospital system in South East Florida. They were searching for a dynamic individual who would start providing pediatric services in a facility without existing pediatric infrastructure in a suburban community, an undertaking that was criticized by pundits an impossible undertaking. Dr. Marante took on that challenge for Palms West Hospital and grew the pediatric services over the next several years with great success. As a result of his hard work and dedication to establish pediatric care within the community, The Children’s Hospital at Palms West Hospital has emerged in its own right.
His development efforts became so widely known that he was asked to share his knowledge with many other facilities both locally and from out of state. He assisted these facilities from 2000-2014. At the same time he was asked to expand his practice to multiple facilities which serviced a wide area of Southeast Florida with an impact reaching over a 180 mile radius.
While growing the pediatric practice at the Palms West Hospital, Dr. Alberto Marante, MD was engaged by several medical schools both in and out of the State of Florida. He was always interested in teaching medical students. He Simultaneously became an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for several of these medical schools. He then became first Assistant and then Director of Medical Education and developed a Pediatrics Residency Program, the first such program in Palm Beach County and still the only one within the HCA hospital corporation nationwide. Medical students have been training under his supervision for over 23 years. So far 49 new pediatric physicians have emerged to take their place, as qualified pediatric physicians in addition to many others that are practicing Emergency Medicine and Family Practice, it is this accomplishment that rivals others as Dr. Marante’s greatest.
Dr. Marante is an entrepreneur. He is currently the President and Medical Director of Florida Pediatric Critical Care, P.A. This practice provides a unique pediatric services line to several hospitals located in various communities some of which are in underserved areas. Dr. Marante has strived over the years to provide unique services to his patients and other client doctors, some of these services are a Pediatric Sedation and Procedural Clinic, facilitating of the process of assuring that care is given to sick children quickly and efficiently and providing supervision for pediatric chronic care facilities among others.
In his spare time, Dr. Alberto Marante, MD enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He makes an effort to disconnect from work once he’s home so he can help his kids with homework and share the chores with his wife. As a history buff, Dr. Marante also enjoys tuning in to a history channel once he’s tucked his children into bed. He enjoys skiing, camping, and traveling with his family.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
The name for Florida Pediatrics Critical Care was the name that we created to describe the service line and location we offer to our clients and patients. We also have a website called floridapeds.com.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I am up early to help my wife get the kids ready for school in the mornings. After we drop our kids off at their schools, I go to the hospital and get my workday started. I gather our team of students, nurses and ancillary personnel to start rounds. During the day I may also have scheduled procedures. I am also responsible for administrative oversight with the practice in all the hospitals for which we provide services. Some of these facilities are up to 160 miles apart; this can be quite a challenge due to distance, logistics and demographic considerations. The day continues with many difficult and equally challenging procedures. Documentation must be addressed throughout the day. I also have to address any new direct admissions or through the emergency room. In the afternoons, I try to make sure I make time to go to the gym at least three times a week. My wife and I coordinate the time to retrieve our children. The evening is spent with my family time responsibilities.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I look at my practice and have to ask myself what I might do to be able to improve our services. My wife is a pediatric nurse so we coordinate our efforts together to come up with better ways to do things. Also, I often interact with my employees and hospital personnel to ask their advice and suggestions.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I like watching the new student physicians who come to my teaching service green behind the ears. As I bring them up through the years, I enjoy watching them grow more confident and emerge as medical professionals.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Being productive boils down to three things in my mind: Hard work, dedication and honesty. As an entrepreneur, these characteristics are important. Some of my peers do not have the same work ethic, I also feel that I am an honest and ethical physician who takes pride in providing the very best service to patients and other physicians in the various communities.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell younger Dr. Alberto Marante to seek a different career path where you can share more time with family and value them even more. While I am very proud of my current achievements and feel a sense of accomplishment when I look at what I’ve done over the last few decades, I wish that I had more time to spend with my family. Over the last almost 30 years in medical practice, I have seen the medical profession deteriorate and lose respect and appreciation while at the same time physicians are increasingly targets for managed care, corporate medicine and litigation. Therefore, I’d definitely recommend younger Dr. Alberto Marante, MD to rethink his career path.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I would say that when it comes to politics in any business environment, there are always disagreements. My environment is no different.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
The best thing I would tell someone is to take a service-oriented approach with your patients. Get to know the people you serve and always do the best that you can. If you can make your clients or patients feel like they can trust you, they will feel more at ease. I think another very important quality is to be compassionate and respectful of your patients, the greatest joy is to see a parent smile and say “thank you doctor”.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
I would say personal interaction with my clients is a good strategy. Many of my clients have my cell phone number. I try my best to resolve issues immediately. As I mentioned before, I believe personal service goes a long way.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
In my practice failure comes from circumstances beyond my control, from forces outside my sphere of control. As an independent physician company, we are contracted by hospital systems that often make decisions based on financial and political considerations that may not be in line with our company philosophy. Also, the changes in health care climate in both government regulation and reimbursement have resulted in very serious challenges to a relatively small company such as ours. On way to overcome these challenges is to constantly strive to make changes in our practice that would keep us competitive.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I would advise new businesses to surround themselves with good people no matter what business they want to create. You need like-minded people that are all pulling in the same direction. Employees should take ownership in the business and help grow the company by providing new ideas and better ways to improve service to clients.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
The best money I can ever spend is a date night with my wife! I always make a conscious effort to make her know how important she is to our family and me and how much I love her despite how busy our lives have gotten.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Our website floridapeds.com is what we use to advertise. We don’t have proprietary software. We use hospital software for the practice. We use Dropbox for interaction with billing services.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I would recommend a book that my mother sent me. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peel. The book inspires you to believe in yourself through faith.
What is your favorite quote?
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to courage to continue that counts…Winston Churchill.
- Being productive boils down to three things: Hard work, dedication and honesty
- Get to know the people you serve and always do the best that you can.
- Look at your practice or job and ask yourself what you might do to be able to improve your services.
- Read The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peel.
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