(I was a Florida girl for a while lol. I get the demographic situation and travel for good prospects as well.)
I did not stay in a hotel in KC, although there are many choices. My flight got me in in time for a 10 am screen and I flew back same day so didn’t need one.
I also screened for a 13k study there. It seemed worth the risk of paying for travel. They are not known for paying screening stipends, so you’re on your own for all expenses to get there and back.
Lenexa is south of KC, and an hour south of KC airport (2 if you hit it during rush hour) and not well located for public transit. I paid $800 for airfare (because there was barely a week’s notice) plus car rental because it was cheaper than Uber or a public transit system that really didn’t fit the logistics of the location. Omaha is much less expensive to fly in and out of and so much better experience in every way, but it’s a 3-4 hour drive. KC airport is an unpleasant dinosaur and car rentals are also more expensive and they won’t take debit cards there even though they will in most other airports now, regardless of your balance or that you have a line of credit...some local ordinance I was told...after arrival...which was quite stressful.
My BP, which was within normal limits before the “new standards” were implemented (coincidentally inspiring a lot more stress and profitable prescription writing for those of us who wouldn’t have qualified for them before) ...was a couple of points over so I was excluded from the study. Even the tech said it was so close it was negligible but the doc nixed it.
Interestingly, they called me a week later and wanted me to come back for a recheck. I told them Id be happy to if they paid my travel lol, so you know how that ended.
I have no comments about the inpatient area, but the screening rooms seemed clean and well kept, in a nice newer corporate building and seemed professionally run with plenty of parking. The reception staff were cordial but not friendly which is fine. You’re on camera the whole time...they’re suspicious of people trying to fake results...and they keep your ID until you’re checked out.
It’s also very cold inside so bring layers and keep that in mind when it’s vitals and blood draw time.
I’m not likely to return. $1k is a big investment for a fail. It was an arduous trip logistically, I didn’t get a great vibe from that first impression, and I’ve learned to trust that.
ASIDE- DO hit Joes Garage before you leave. Some of the best BBQ I’ve had in my entire life...and if you want to bring home a jar of sauce (not available in stores) pack it in your checked luggage because TSA will take it if you try to carry it on....which almost made me cry it was that good.
Post by FloridaGirl on Sept 11, 2019 4:23:46 GMT -5
Thx for all of the great info. I am still hoping for a study in Daytona Covance. Had a,screening gor the 7,000 29 nite but had a dental emergency and had to cancel screening and could not get another screening appt so hoping for soing else there or there is a 3Rd gp. for that study. I am hoping to find someone to travel with , I have a few female friends that I have met at studies hoping to find soing that the age and money match for us both and it needs to pay at least 5,000( probably more) to make it worth the travel. Thx again it is not always easy to get good accurate informatiom.
The only good thing is I have points on Southwest so can fly a few flights for free .
Post by Camps out on Sept 23, 2019 18:45:00 GMT -5
My observations, having done about 5 studies there (some with multiple stays) is this... PRA has great policy towards courtesy-stays for non-locals. One can remain in-house, with freedom to leave and return once a day, between opv's (I've seen one guy stay weeks in between). It does feel small, but it's decent and clean most of the time, with comfortable leather couches and multiple lounging areas with TV's. Occasionally the bathrooms can use more attention when big groups come in, but no more than other places. The male bathroom has about 8 or so stalls, of which you never see full or have trouble finding a clean one. No bunks, only single beds in dorms, typically groups of 8 to 12 in my experience, although I've seen bigger once or twice. Staff is very nice, of course every place has that one staff member that grew up on lemons, lol! After a few studies it's likey they'll recognize you, even if you're an out-of-towner, as I am. They compensate back-ups decent if you stay over night, like $200, I think. And they'll assist you in rescreening, asap, for another study provided your labs are good and you're eager to work with them. They provide scrubs, but do bring warm-wear. Food, I'd rank on a scale of 1 to 10, a weak 7. They're not knit-picky about the rules and docking folks like Texas can be. The downside in this is, the video game area does tend to get a little loud sometimes, which can be annoying if you happen to be in the dorm near it (I have once, no biggie) Aside from that, however, I've found this KC area (of which I include Celerion) to be very pleasant, with sort of a small town feel, and staff that are very down to earth. You don't feel like you're just a number, like say in Phoenix or Austin. However, if I were to rank them by favorites, it'd be - 1)Celerion Nebraska 2)Vince and Associates (now Alta Sciences) 3)PRA PRA is great though... I rank it 3rd, only because those other facilities are exceptionally comfortable!
If I can answer anymore questions, please feel free to text me, as I'm seldom on here. Hope this helps someone
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2019 15:16:43 GMT -5 by Camps out