Midwest Eye Care is a 10-MD, 7-OD practice with five full-service locations in Omaha (Nebraska) and Council Bluffs (Iowa). The practice is searching for a general ophthalmologist, or a fellowship trained doctor interested in establishing a strong general ophthalmology practice, for its Council Bluffs office. Council Bluffs is a suburb of Omaha, separated from Omaha by the Missouri River. Our Council Bluffs office is located approximately 10 miles (15 minutes) from our Omaha headquarters and ambulatory surgery center.
Council Bluffs has a population of approximately 65,000, but it also serves as a medical hub for the surrounding towns in Southwest Iowa; collectively, the Council Bluffs medical market serves approximately 100,000 individuals. Midwest Eye Care is the only ophthalmology practice in this community. We currently service this office with one full-time ophthalmologist, two full-time optometrists, and three other ophthalmologists and optometrists who visit the office on a weekly basis. There is strong medical and surgical demand in this location, particularly because of the aging population.
Omaha (and its surrounding suburbs) is a great place to live. With a MSA population approaching one million people, Omaha offers many of the attractions found in major cities – but without the traffic jams and high cost of living. Omaha’s cost of living is 12% below the national average, the local unemployment rate is 40% below the national average and the average commute time is 22% below the national average.
Surgery is performed at Midwest Eye Care's ambulatory surgical center in Omaha or at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.
In addition to the Council Bluffs location, the surgeon who fills this position will also have the opportunity to travel to small communities no more than once per week to see patients who have already been identified by local optometrists as surgical candidates. These outreach clinics will supplement the robust surgery volume generated in the Council Bluffs clinic.
Midwest Eye Care is a physician-owned private practice. Among our 10 ophthalmologists, we have a large collection of fellowship trained doctors – three in retina, two in cornea, one in glaucoma and one in neuro-ophthalmology. One fairly unique aspect of our practice is that we allow our specialists to determine their scope of practice, so nearly all of our doctors perform cataract surgery and engage in at least some degree of general ophthalmology. We are the largest eye care practice in Nebraska, and our footprint reaches approximately 100 miles in all directions. Our shareholders also own the surgery center where approximately 80% of all of our cases are performed.
This is a partner-track position. New doctors typically join the practice in July-September and will be considered for ownership 15-18 months later (effective January 1st). The buy-in for the clinic is calculated based on actual assets; no goodwill is added to the purchase price. The buy-in for the ASC does include a cash-flow component, but new shareholders typically recoup their buy-in amount in less than two years. Employed physicians are offered a shareholder position if they meet the following requirements: (a) achieve board certification, (b) work full-time, (c) have reached cumulative break-even, and (d) are a good fit for the practice and community.
US residency and fellowship programs
Board eligible or board certified
Additional Salary Information: Base salary plus a bonus based on excess production over a multiple of base salary. Our intent is for employed physicians to become shareholders within 18 months if they meet the following requirements: (a) achieve board certification, (b) work full-time, (c) have reached cumulative break-even, and (d) are a good fit for the practice and community. Shareholder compensation is primarily based on production, and our average shareholder compensation typically ranks above the 75th percentile of US ophthalmologists.