The field of healthcare is always changing and progressing at a rapid pace. Over the past few decades it has become increasingly important for hospitals to plan for the future in order to be successful for years to come. By planning for the unknown, hospitals can be better equipped for whatever may come along down the road. From the financial side of running an organization, to structural decisions within the hospital planning is a necessity. A hospital strategic plan allows for more efficiency in all aspects of the business, no matter how big or small. Healthcare planning must take into account potential government policy changes, technological advancements and economic trends that could significantly change an organization’s operations (Strata, 2019).
One key factor that should be the basis to strategic planning in healthcare organizations is the organization of the institution and how this organization is necessary for the entire system to succeed. This is important when creating an effective plan with specific strategies. Sometimes reevaluating who controls which aspects of the business, and the hierarchy that follows, can be beneficial. An organization built on a solid foundation is important so that communication and ideas can flow freely while implementing strategic healthcare planning. Designing company goals and a path to achieve these objectives allows staff at every level, from administrators to physicians, to have a drive and passion that is extremely important in the medical field. This can be spelled out in the organization’s Mission and Vision Statements (Whitney, 2018).