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Meet Javier Busutil of SOL Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Javier Busutil.

Hi Javier, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Like many Cubans living in Miami, my story began when I was six years old and my parents decided to come to the United States with my brother and I. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be in the health field since both my parents were physicians in Cuba. While completing my undergraduate studies at FIU, I decided I wanted to become a Physical Therapist. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2011, I jumped right into graduate school at FIU.

In 2015, I received my clinic doctorate in Physical Therapy and began practicing immediately. I took a job with CORA Physical Therapy, one of the largest outpatient providers of physical therapy in the country. I was fortunate enough to meet great leaders within that company that mentored me throughout my time there. Within my first year, I was promoted to manager of their homestead location and within my second year, I was managing the biggest clinic in the company, their coral gables location.

After four years with CORA, I decided I wanted to venture out and find a space in health care that was underserved. This is where I landed on a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) center. This type of center focuses its care on medically fragile children under the age of 21 and is 100% covered by Medicaid. For the most part, these children and their families require multiple disciplines of rehab as well as nursing care. To receive these services, most families will need to go to multiple locations as well as take a lot of time off work to make it possible. This is a problem we address with a PPEC since the child can receive all rehab disciplines and nursing care under one roof. In addition, transportation to and from the facility is provided and covered through Medicaid.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Opening SOL PPEC has been a challenge from the start. As soon as we began our build-out, we were shut down due to the pandemic. This delayed all permitting, building, inspections, etc. A little over one year later, we are still facing obstacles as the pandemic has made marketing in doctor’s offices and hospitals very difficult. Marketing is crucial to our center because there are many doctors and families that are unaware this service is available to them.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about SOL Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC)?
We are a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) center. This is basically a medical daycare. We provide nursing care, PT, OT, SLP, behavioral therapy, and respiratory therapy to medically fragile children under the age of 21 for up to 12 hours per day. We provide transportation to and from our center and all our services are 100% covered by Medicaid.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I played baseball throughout a large part of my life and have always been very disciplined. I believe this self-discipline has been the most important to my success.

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