Strategic Planning Process: Reducing Wait Times In A Community Hospital

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Roles and Functions in Planning I Name: Institution: Course: Tutor: Date: Strategic Planning Process The strategic planning process for this project includes the following steps: development of a plan on the stipulated expansion of the already existing cardiac care units from the already existing 30-bed; conduction of a survey to determine the number of potential cardiac patients within the surroundings of the community hospital; review of the previous plan which involves establishment of a 30-bed medical surgical unit to establish if it was adequate; conducting a SWOT meeting to determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the proposed…show more content…
Establishment of reduce wait times as a culture in the hospital involves implementation of staffing policies among others that would reduce the wait time. Automated systems can be used to reduce time spent in the registration process. The disadvantage of this strategy is that it is costly and requires high initial capital to implement. Incorporation of preferences of the patients requires the health administrators to determine the issues that affect the patients hence increased waiting time. A system can be established to enable the cardiac care patients make appointments when faced with issues that are less critical in order to reduce wait time. However, this strategy will require the community hospital to incur additional costs during the registration process. Revamping the process of front-line scheduling enables the personnel of the community hospital to adhere to demand and supply when scheduling treatment procedures which are not life threatening. This will reduce the number of emergency cases. The negative force of this strategy is that it will make most patients to prefer hospitals which do not revamp its front-line schedules (Sullivan,
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