The six Ps in the title of this Discussion indicate the value of planning. Whether it is planning your classwork, planning dinner for your family, planning for a major purchase, or planning to run a health care organization, the main point is the same. When you analyze the situation and plan ahead, as well as check your resources and your progress, you go a lot further toward achieving your personal and professional goals.
To prepare for this Discussion, think about the elements of strategic planning in health care settings.
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Using specific examples and support from your Learning Resources, identify the benefits and challenges of strategic planning in health care for each of the following:
- Providers (physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals)
To prepare for this Assignment, select one Strategic Plan from the two listed below and find another plan online or through the Walden University Library”s Gale Virtual Reference Library. Feel free to use the optional links to other Strategic Plans listed below or find your own. Be sure you include the link to the second Strategic Plan in your Assignment. If you work in a health care setting, you can ask for a copy of the Strategic Plan from your organization.
Links to Other Strategic Plans (optional)
Seattle Children’s Hospital: Laying the Foundation for the Next 100 Years
Trillium Health Centre’s Strategic Plan 2009/10-2011/12
Nevada Strategic Health Care Plan
The Michigan Prisoner Health Care Improvement Project
UC Davis Health System Strategic Plan
By Day 7
Write a 2- to 3-page paper to compare and evaluate the two Strategic Plans you select. Address the following:
- How are the strategies different?
- What are the key elements of each Strategic Plan?
- Compare the goals and strategies identified in each one. Which plan is likely to be more successful and why?
- Put yourself in the role of a manager at one or both facilities. What are your responsibilities in ensuring one or both are successful?
- What barriers are there to successful implementation of the strategies, and how could the manager overcome these barriers?
Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct.
Course Text: Introduction to Healthcare Management
Chapter 1, “Strategic Planning”
In this chapter, you will be introduced to the strategic planning process within health care settings. The author provides insight into the process of identifying a desired future state for a health care organization and planning a means to achieve it.
Chapter 5, “Planning”
Planning is a fundamental task for health care managers. This chapter addresses the role of planning in an organization’s mission and vision, goals and objectives.
Article: Zuckerman, A. (2006). Advancing the state of the art in healthcare strategic planning.Frontiers of Health Services Management, 23(2), 30-15. Retrieved from http://auth.waldenulibrary.org/ezpws.exe?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mnh&AN=17310806&site=ehost-live&scope=site
The author identifies the steps that health care organizations should take to increase the rigor and degree of sophistication of their strategic planning practices to be on par with non-health-related organizations. Current best practices are identified.
Article: Bartling, A. (1997). 25 pitfalls of strategic planning. Healthcare Executive, 12(5), 20-23. Retrieved from http://auth.waldenulibrary.org/ezpws.exe?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mnh&AN=10170078&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Article: Begun, J., & Kaissi, A. (2005). An exploratory study of healthcare strategic planning in two metropolitan areas. Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives, 50(4), 264-274. Retrieved from http://auth.waldenulibrary.org/ezpws.exe?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mnh&AN=16130809&site=ehost-live&scope=site