Strategic Planning in Healthcare: Physicians Involvement
Strategic planning in a healthcare organization is a critical component in guiding it towards achieving long-term objectives. A clear and well-stated plan promotes communications, enhances teamwork and cooperation between employees for high-quality patient care and treatment. Strategic planning aligns the future organizational goals with its mission and vision (Esfahani et al., 2018, p. 567). Future planning also involves outlining the necessary multidisciplinary collaborations between physicians, nurses, management teams, patients, insurers, and government agencies. Involving medical officers in the strategic planning process is particularly crucial for the hospital’s success as these professionals are an integral component in the development and implementation of programs for optimal patient care (Harrison, 2016, p. 41). Therefore, this paper will look at the advantages of involving physicians in strategic planning to achieve the hospital’s goals.
Physicians are equipped with the expertise necessary for promoting the wellbeing of the patient. They are well informed on patients’ management in different healthcare settings, including outpatient, medical and pediatric wings. This knowledge is crucial for hospital managers in the employment of primary care physicians and specialist clinicians to provide high-quality services to improve the organization’s marketability (Harrison, 2016, p. 42). Additionally, involving physicians in developing new hospital plans promotes their success as clinicians are significant stakeholders in treatment modalities. Collaborating with medical officers in the strategic planning committees will enhance their ownership of the generated ideas for effective implementation. The involvement of physicians will also result in the creation of workable plans for the organization’s success and foster the support of physicians in the achievement of the stated goals (Willis et al., 2018, p. 257). However, the medical staff’s involvement in the strategic planning process is complex due to their high workload and administrative responsibilities (Harrison, 2016, p. 42). Physicians need to be involved in planning because of their expertise in patient care.
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