The current health care environment is characterized by rapid changes in various aspects of operations, prompting hospitals to embrace strategic planning in order to position themselves in the dynamic environment. Strategic planning serves a vital purpose of helping an organization determine what it wants to be in days to come and how it will achieve this objective. This paper explains how a well constructed strategic plan would benefit Atchison hospital which is located in the State of Kansas in the Midwestern United States.
Atchison hospital was opened in 1913 with an initial investment of $65, 000 which went to the purchasing of land, medical equipment, and building of three-storey building. The original purpose of the hospital was to ensure that every patient who was admitted in the hospital whether ill or injured received appropriate care regardless of color, race, or creed. Inability of a patient to pay for medical services was not to be a reason for denying him/her the right medical care (Atchison Hospital History, n.d).
Atchison hospital is a critical acess hospital whose focus is to offer general medical and surgical services. It is privately owned but is non-profit with accreditions by the American Osteopathic Association. The services offered by the hospital include cardiology, acute care, intensive care, surgery, obstetrics, cardiopulmonary care, cardiac rehab, and radiology. The mission of Atchison hospital is to provide excellent healthcare and wellness for life. Its vision is to be a leader in the region in the areas of health and wellness. The vision is built on exceptional care, innovation, being family and patient focused, and being the first choice for patients, employees, physicians, and the community at large (Mission, Vision, and Values, n.d).
The hospital has a highly dedicated health care staff who have faithfully served the Atchison community as well as the people living in the neighboring areas. The current number of physicians is 20 who have specialized in different medical fields. These include ophthalmology, internal medicine, radiology, cardiology, surgery, anesthesiology, sports medicine, and family practice. In both the hospital and at the various clinics, the hospital has a consulting staff comprising more than 40 physicians. The physicians provide services for a wide array of medical fields. The number of registered nurses who work full-time is 35 while those working part-time are 12 in number. Practical nurses who are licensed and work full-time are 2 while those working part-time are also 2. Atchison hospital has 195 full-time personnel and 75 part-time personnel (Atchison Hospital, n.d).
The hospital has 25 beds and a total of 1562 people are admitted every year. On annual basis, the number of inpatient surgeries is 365 people while the number of outpatient surgeries is 1602. A total of 184 births per year also take place at Atchison hospital. Average annual emergency room...