Networking for Healthcare Professionals

Oct 17, 2019 at 12:25 pm by Staff


By DOROTHY HARDEE, East Orlando Chamber of Commerce

Healthcare providers are some of the busiest people around dedicating significant time to their patients as well as continuing medical education to stay current in their field as required by the state, not to mention additional time balancing a family or personal time. It is easy for a practitioner to get bogged down with the daily routine of going to the office or hospital, seeing patients, performing procedures, completing paperwork/EMR then leaving the office or hospital to start over again the next day. This monotonous routine often leads to physician burnout. Little interaction with colleagues can also put a strain on patient referrals ultimately affecting the business.

ReferralMD examined the issue, suggesting positive relationships with both patients and providers was instrumental for a healthy practice. It is important to devote at least one day every quarter to visit other physicians in your area, introducing yourself and your practice. Once you have put this practice into place, reach out to existing referring providers finding time to network whether by meeting for a quick drink, meal or inviting them to your home expressing your appreciation for their referrals. Networking opportunities can also be found through hospital sponsored events, lectures or associations.

Cultivating relationships is important for succeeding in business. Adam Small, CEO of the Strategic Business Network described networking as the "single most powerful tactic to accelerate and sustain success for any individual or organization." Author John Maxwell was quoted saying, "your network is your net worth." Anyone wanting to succeed in his or her chosen career, needs to build a rapport with their professional peers making networking critical to success.

Associations connect healthcare providers with others of similar backgrounds or focuses. You may ask yourself, with so many professional organizations why add the Chamber of Commerce to your arsenal. The East Orlando Chamber (EOCC) makes the connection between healthcare and business owners and their employees giving the opportunity to expand a physicians practice.

Through the EOCC Healthcare Council, a committee will raise awareness of importance of health in the workplace and changes in healthcare options and regulations. They will examine pertinent health legislation explaining the impact on the business community. As the committee continues to grow, it will open an opportunity for workshops allowing businessmen and women to hear directly from hospital executives and industry experts, as well as healthcare professionals.

In addition to the value of a Healthcare Council, Chamber membership offers money saving benefits for printing, merchant services, FedEx shipping and more. Health benefits are also available for you, your employees and their household. As your practice expands, post job openings, press releases about new members of your team or procedures being offered, as well as community events giving you more exposure throughout Central Florida.

With more than thirteen events per month, you will be sure to find ways in which to connect and grow your practice. Our newest After Hours hosted by Bonefish Grill, is presented by Orlando Medical News and the East Orlando Chamber offering information you can use in the healthcare arena.

The EOCC thinks differently for members taking a close look at their needs providing events and content focused on industry. We cover everything East of I-4 and strive to be the leading resource in business advocacy, community engagement and regional connectivity.

Joining the East Orlando Chamber, becoming actively involved in all it has to offer is the perfect way to grow your business. Give us a call at 407-277-5951 or visit our website at Your Business is Our Business.

Dorothy Hardee is the administrator of East Orlando Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at




East Orlando Chamber of Commerce Calendar:

La Crema de Nona - NEW LOCATION

Every Tuesday

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Graffiti Junktion Nona

9344 Narcoossee Rd., Orlando, FL 32827


EOCC Educational Series on the Menu

"8 Non-Negotiables of Sales Success" with Joe Pici

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

East Orlando Chamber office

12301 Lake Underhill Rd., Ste. 245, Orlando, FL 32828


Coffee Club Goldenrod at Baldwin Fairchild

Thursday, October 10, 2019

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Baldwin Fairchild Dignity Memorial

2420 Harrell Road, Orlando, FL 32817


Ribbon Cutting: Nona Minimally Invasive Surgery Lake Nona

Thursday, October 10, 2019

5:30 - 8:00 PM

12601 Narcoossee Rd., Ste 209, Orlando, FL 32832


2019 Education Day presented by East Orlando Chamber & Orange County

Showcasing Orange County Public Schools

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Jay Blanchard Park

2451 Dean Road, Orlando, FL 2817


October Chamber Luncheon presented by AdventHealth

"Women in Business" Featuring Deborah Spielman, Yamile Luna & Scott Sutherland

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Rio Pinar Country Club

8600 El Prado Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825


Coffee Club Semoran at Bonefish Grill Orlando Gateway

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Bonefish Grill Orlando Gateway

5463 Orlando Gateway Vlg. Circle, Orlando, FL 32812


EOCC Connect 4 Property Professional Networking

Thursday, October 17, 2019

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Bonefish Grill Lake Underhill

12301 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL 32828

Free for EOCC Members - $10 for non-members


Small Business Breakfast & Seminar with Gerry O'Brion

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

9:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Ace Café

100 W Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801

RSVP's required


Ribbon Cutting: Your CBD Store

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

5:30 - 7:00 PM

10376 E Colonial Drive, #127, Orlando, FL 32817


Coffee Club Nona at Sam's Club

Small Group Day

Thursday, September 26, 2019

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Sam's Club Lake Nona

11920 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32832


EOCC Scholarship Foundation Golf Outing

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rio Pinar Country Club

8600 El Prado Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825

*Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 15, 2019


EOCC 5th Thursday After Hours at Marlow's Tavern Lee Vista

Thursday, October 31, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Marlow's Tavern Lee Vista

6889 Eagle Watch Drive, Orlando, FL 32822

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