<![CDATA[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. Post a comprehensive response to the following: 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)
- 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?
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 This article identifies 25 pitfalls health care managers can avoid to make strategic planning a stronger tool for their organizations.
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 Interviews of leaders in 20 health care organizations in two major metropolitan areas provide insight into the value of strategic planning in health care.]]>