For your Competency Discussion, consider an instance in which an organization of which you are familiar faced a challenge or opportunity to add or reduce services based on a strategic issue. Next, reflect on how the organization bridged the gap between an idea for how to address the challenge or opportunity and actual implementation. Then, think about the organizations key strategic and business factors as it relates to planning and implementing the idea. Finally, think about how tools such as strategic plans, SWOT analyses, and business plans help healthcare administrators plan and implement ideas to address the challenges and opportunities they face in improving the health and well-being of individuals and populations.
To begin this Competency and meet your required engagement, post in the Discussion area a brief description of the organization you selected without revealing the name of the organization and explain the strategic issue that compelled the organization to add or reduce services. Next, describe how the organization bridged the gap between the idea and actual implementation. Then, describe the organizations key strategic and business factors as it relates to planning and implementing the idea. Finally, explain how tools such as strategic plans, SWOT analyses, and business plans help healthcare administrators plan and implement ideas to address the challenges and opportunities they face in improving the health and well-being of individuals and populations.
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In this Assessment, you will use information from the documents provided, along with the background reading to demonstrate your ability to develop an integrated strategic plan to address a challenge or opportunity faced by a healthcare organization.
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Access the following to complete this Assessment:
Excerpts from the Community Health Needs Assessment for Western Hospital
- Excerpts from Dr. Novaks Presentation to the Center for Diabetes Care Steering Committee
- Interview with Dr. Novak
- Financial Projections for the Center for Diabetes Care
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (n.d.). CDCs Division of Diabetes Translation: Community health workers/promotores de salud: Critical connections in communities. CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/projects/pdfs/comm.pd…
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Hispanic/Latino Americans and Type 2 Diabetes. CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/features/hisp…
Silberman, P. (2020). The Affordable Care Act: Against the odds, its working. North Carolina Medical Journal, 81(6), 364 – 369. https://www.doi.org/10.18043/ncm.81.6.364
Estrella, M. L., & Allen-Meares, P. (2020). Tools to measure health literacy among US African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes: A scoping review of the literature. Patient Education and Counseling, 103(10), 2155 2165. https://www.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2020.04.012
To begin, imagine you have just finished your MHA and you have accepted a job offer to work for the strategy group of a healthcare consulting firm. Your first project is developing a strategy for a community health center. Your firm has been hired by Dr. Novak, a well-known endocrinologist working with Western Hospital. He is passionate about prevention and early intervention of diabetes. He has led the effort to establish a community-based program to ensure ongoing treatment for this deadly disease for Hispanic seniors in the Lowertown community. His vision is that patients receive diabetes education and ongoing treatment in the language of their choice and in a culturally appropriate manner. Proper treatment and preventive care will improve patients quality of life while reducing hospitalizations from diabetes complications.
- Dr. Novak and his advisors plan to apply for funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts Community Health Center Fund to establish the Center for Diabetes Care. The fund supports the operation, expansion, and construction of community health centers. Before he can apply for the grant, Dr. Novak needs approval from the board of directors of Western Hospital. The board requires a detailed business case and strategic plan for the initiative.
You will create a detailed report that includes a business plan and strategic plan based on the documentation provided and any additional research you conduct. You will also summarize the business case in a slide presentation to Western Hospitals board of directors. Finally, you will present a report to Dr. Novak outlining the business risks of opening the center and providing strategies for managing those risks.
- It is November and the plan is to open the center the following April (17 months from today), which coincides with the start of Western Hospitals fiscal year.
This assessment has three-parts. Click each of the items below to complete this assessment.
Read the case study documents provided. Based on this information create a 15- to 20-page report in which you build a strategic plan and business plan for the Center for Diabetes Care, which extends the reach of Western Hospital and promotes positive health outcomes. This report will be distributed to board members and the CEO prior to the presentation, and a grant proposal will be prepared based on the material in the report. The report should include text, charts, graphics, and financial data. Provide references and sources. The report must include:
- Executive Overview
The summary you will provide for this assessment differs from other Executive Summaries you have prepared during the program as it will not be a summary of your entire report, but will focus on key information needed to make your case for action. This Executive Overview establishes several key facts that will be useful to decision makers as they review the Strategic and Business Planning documents.
- Written in an executive summary format, this section is a case for action explaining how the goals of the Center for Diabetes Care align with the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Healthy People 2030, and the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) aims for quality care.
Includes a recommendation for the establishment of the Center for Diabetes Care, which takes into consideration the perspectives of internal and external stakeholdersincluding accrediting bodies.
- Explains how the Center for Diabetes Care fits within the continuum of care for Western Hospital setting the stage for the next part of the report The Strategic Plan.
Vision, mission, and values statements for the Center for Diabetes Care. Includes introductions for each element of the strategic plan that defines the element and explains its role in the plan.
SWOT analysis listing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to opening the Center for Diabetes Care. Includes introduction of the SWOT analysis that defines its purpose and provides rationale for key aspects of the analysis.
- Introduces and describes strategies for launching and operationalizing the Center for Diabetes Care
Explains the importance of this strategic planning process and defines long- and short-term goals for the Center for Diabetes Care.
Implementation timeline for key activities required to operationalize the Center.
- Analysis of financial data for the Center for Diabetes Care, including a chart summarizing the financial data.
Part II: Business Case Presentation to Western Hospitals Board of Directors and CEO
Summarize the business case for the Center for Diabetes Care in a 5- to 10-minute oral presentation to the board of directors using voice-over PowerPoint. The oral presentation should include a 10- to 12-slide presentation in which text, charts, graphics, and financial data are presented. The presentation should also provide references and sources. As you develop the presentation, consider the information that your audience will need to know to make a decision on whether to approve Dr. Novaks application for the grant. This information would include how the Center for Diabetes Care would:
Address unmet needs of the community that Western Hospital serves.
- Improve health outcomes for the community, which will lead to positive social change.
Be structured to ensure cultural competency with the patient population.
Generate enough revenue so that it becomes financially self-sustaining by its third year in operation.
Measure the success of the project.
You have impressed Dr. Novak with your business and healthcare acumen. Hes asked about risks that you have identified as you have created the business plan, strategic plan, and business case for the Center for Diabetes Care. Write a report for him explaining, in detail, the risks or concerns you have identified and potential strategies for managing those risks.