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Five Ways Milestone Project Management help our clients be more profitable

November 7th, 2011

At MPM we apply our efforts and our expertise to help you achieve greater growth and profitability through five “Smart” Services.

  1. Smart Source and Partnering.  The demand for capital project management ebbs and flows with your strategic plan.  When the demand grows for project management it is more cost efficient (profitable) to use our professional project management team rather than hiring and maintaining a staff. Retain the leadership of capital projects within the executive suite but let us provide the staff you need. The money you save on not having an in-house staff can be invested in other more profitable ventures.
  1. Smart Negotiation. Negotiate your facilities repair and maintenance supplier/vendor contracts.  Because we are in the market every day we can help you evaluate their proposals to make sure the “favored customer” rates aren’t above current “market rates.”  Competitive pricing can result in significant savings and increased profitability.
  1. Smart Tools. Use our smart management tools to create project scope documents, capital requests, strategic capital budgets and track project development.  We will help you establish the controls and reporting mechanism so you always know the status of your projects and are always in a position to make knowledgeable (information and data based) smart decisions.  Our tools will help you use project data to drive project decisions and proactively manage the project.
  1. Smart Schedules. The shortest schedule isn’t always the best schedule. Unrealistic short schedules can drive the cost of a project up and result in operational problems in the future, which reduce profitability. Smart schedules allow you to take advantage of the market place and your capital. Our expertise in schedule management will help you get your project to market at the right time and at a cost that will result in potentially greater future profits.
  1. Smart Planning and Expertise. Applying expertise at the right time, to the right areas and issues results in better projects.  Better projects have more potential to produce greater profits.  Putting your money where it will do you the most good (location, quality materials, efficient design) is the result of smart planning and expertise.  Making smart decisions based on real expertise throughout the duration of the project is the best way to assure reaching your return on investment goals.

There are more ways we can help your organization be profitable.  From leadership to stewardship we are your partners in creating better, more efficient, more viable healthcare facilities regardless of the obstacles that have to be over come.

Please call Bill (713-523-2552) if you would like to discuss how we could help your hospital be more profitable and visit our web site ( for more information about Milestone Project Management.

Our Community

November 1st, 2009

Our office is in the Village.  For those few who may not know, the Village is an area of about 20 square blocks located between Kirby Dr. and Rice University and University Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard.  We moved here so we would be close to our client base (the institutions of the Texas Medical Center).  We can be in our clients offices in 10 to 15 minutes which is just one of our measures of responsiveness (we’ll talk more about responsiveness in future blogs).  But as we’ve learned, there is more to the Village than just being close to the Medical Center.

The Village is an eclectic collection of shops, restaurants and businesses.  There are just enough national brands so it feels a little like a shopping center but the best part is all the locally owned and operated little shops and restaurants.  There is one of the last Dime Stores in Houston where you can go and re-discover your youth or help your children find the toy that will become the foundation for the best of memories.   There are restaurants like Bistro Les Amis where the food is excellent, the wine is memorable, the proportions are just right and the atmosphere is very French and you can enjoy it with friends and still have enough money left over for  some shopping or maybe a Rice University football game.

There is more to The Village than its proximity to the Medical Center, the food and shops.  We love it because we can just walk to lunch or dinner or go shopping; or just walk around to reduce the stress of the day.  By walking we get to experience the sights and sounds and yes even some of the smells of a real Village.   There are very few alleys and back doors so Village life takes place in front of the shops and restaurants.  You may see today’s fresh vegetables being delivered in a BMW or witness the give and take between fish merchant and chef.

By walking, we reconnect and experience the busy, real and larger life of an entire community.  We understand we are part of a community.  We depend on others to help us get through our days and they depend on us.

If you stay in your car and just drive around searching for the perfect place to park you’re going to miss most of the charm and interest of the Village; you’ll miss the opportunity to be part of a community.  So our advice is to walk to The Village or park as soon as you can and then walk; become a part of our community.