By Susan N. Heck
It is a challenge for many healthcare organizations today to envision how an investment in facility can keep pace with the ever-changing marketplace. Strategic planning efforts typically look to a three- to five-year horizon, while master facility planning often takes on a ten-year cycle. This mismatch in planning timelines often becomes even more challenging for hospitals and health systems given the recent pace of changes in the healthcare landscape.
The shift to the outpatient care setting for many surgical procedures, the intensifying inpatient technologic changes across multiple specialties, the incorporation of physician practices across the full continuum of care spectrum, and the growing focus on the patient and family as healthcare consumers are just a few of the changes that must be considered. Corazon believes that organizations must anticipate how these changes will affect not only day-to-day operations, but also the complexity of the decisions and plans for facility additions, upgrades, or full replacement of specific equipment.
As Corazon works with clients across the country, we often facilitate discussion related to strategic planning across the niche services of cardiovascular, neuroscience, and orthopedic care, along with the associated facility needs of an organization. When discussing facility requirements, our team often challenges key stakeholders to put on “vision goggles” to imagine what the facility would look like if building from the ground up. Although most organizations do not have the luxury of a full “re-do”, this exercise often allows planning participants to think outside the box and challenge existing constraints. [Read more…]