March 29, 2009

Opening a NEMT Franchise

OPENING A NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISE - Bernard Squitieri started Express Medical Transporters with one vehicle back in 1995. Today EMT is the largest for-profit non-emergency medical transportation provider in the state of Missouri with 150 vehicles and thousands of trips per year. In 2007, EMT began offering franchising opportunities to prospective investors. Franchise owners are provided these supports to open and operate: 1. Extensive start-up and ongoing training. 2. Comprehensive operators manual. 3. Access to latest technologies for vehicles, logistics, and management functions. 4. Assistance with client outreach, local networking, and national organizations. 5. Guidance on working with government agencies, brokers, equipment & vehicle suppliers.

CASE STUDY - One such Express Medical Transporters franchise opened for business in June 2009 to serve the non-emergency medical transportation needs of Mobile, Alabama. It is owned by Bob McBride and his son, Justin. They already owned a Wheelchair Getaways franchise (see franchise list below), which offers daily/weekly wheelchair accessible van rentals; so they were able to utilize some of their existing assets to offset start-up costs. By the end of the 2009 they had expanded operations and hired 6 more drivers, with plans for further growth in the coming years. They estimate their initial investment "somewhere between $187,000 & $243,000" - Reliable Rides: Father, Son Provide Transportation You Can Count On. According to Entrepreneur Starts EMT Franchise: State Systems Founder Rolls Out Another Business, "franchisees are required to pay a $45,000 franchise fee and a 5% royalty fee based on gross revenue." To find other examples, go to the NEMT Franchises page of my supplement website: Paratransit Watch - EXTRA.

Other related transportation franchises:

1. SuperShuttle - Shared-ride door-to-door airport shuttle service. Includes accessible service upon request. Operating in over 50 U.S. cities, transporting 8 million passengers per year. Read More...
2. Wheelchair Getaways - Wheelchair accessible van rentals agency. The article: "Entrepreneur Starts EMT Franchise" discribes how one father and son partnership started with a Wheelchair Getaways franchise and then successfully expanded their business with a Express Medical Transporters franchise (see 'Case Study' above). Read More...
3. Driving Miss Daisy - Driving and attendant service for seniors. Ambulatory clients are driven to appointments, outings etc.; and staff can act as attendant to the client. Franchise based in Alberta, Canada.
4. Dignity Transportation - Wheelchair accessible transportation service in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Operating since 1990. Fleet of 50 accessible vehicles. Currently offering Franchise Opportunities.
5. NEPAT Mobile Transport - NEMT company based in North Carolina. Started by Dr. Joe White, it is a national franchisor of non-emergency medical transportation. See Video #2. Read More...
6. Caliber Patient Care - National franchised provider of local and long distance non-emergency medical transportation services. Read More...

VIDEO #2: NEPAT Mobile Transport Franchise


- NEMT Business Opportunities - Introduction to NEMT
- Diversifying a NEMT Company - Introduction
- Interview with Carlos Banks of The Wheelchair Taxi, North Carolina
- Interview with Robert Hall of Basic Life Support, Arizona.
- Interview with Dr. Richard Terry discussing Health Care & the Future of NEMT.


Find more blog posts and directory pages that deal primarily with non-emergency medical transportation on the NEMT Index.

1 comment:

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