Planning Techniques

Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

Delphi is a project to make high-quality cases treated with homeopathy available for study. The project encountered a number of major difficulties including small numbers of cases submitted, ethical problems and problems of analysis. The nature of these problems and possible solutions are discussed.

Author(s): 
Baas, C.
Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

Convinced that Catholic organizations might have special strengths for succeeding in price-competitive markets, the Catholic Health Association, with the assistance of a national membership advisory committee and The Lewin Group, Fairfax, VA, studied six healthcare organizations that are successfully meeting the challenges of difficult environments. Based on more than 100 interviews and assessments of the environments in which these progressive mission-driven organizations operate, the researchers identified strategies that can assist other faith-based health organizations.

Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

Despite increased security, immigrants continue to enter the United States, most without resources to address health needs. That is the case in and around Richmond, VA, where a quickly growing immigrant population has become a priority for Bon Secours Richmond Health System (BSR), a member of Bon Secours Health System (BSHS), Marriottsville, MD. To plan for the impact of immigrants on community health resources, BSR's Office of Community Health Services in August 2002 brought together local health and human service providers, as well as community groups.

Author(s): 
Cameron, Karen
Hansen, Eletta
Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

As part of its mission to honor human dignity and to care for the poor and vulnerable, Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP), Cincinnati, has made a systemwide commitment to address housing needs in the communities it serves. A priority for the system is providing safe, affordable housing options for the low-income elderly. CHP's approach goes beyond "bricks and mortar," however. The system aims not only to provide a home for senior adults but also to enrich their lives.

Author(s): 
Artis, Bobby
Publication Title: 
Journal of Nursing Care Quality

The Franciscan Health System has designed a new employee orientation program that is both interactive and thought-provoking. The program has transitioned from a predominantly lecture-based format to one that consists of group discussion, role playing, lunch with senior leaders in the organization, and the utilization of adult learning principles. This article describes the shortcomings of the previous program, gaps identified in the needs assessment, and performance improvement methodology used to enhance the program.

Author(s): 
Ragsdale, Mary Alice
Mueller, John
Publication Title: 
Journal of healthcare information management: JHIM

It had been almost a decade since the hospitals that make up the Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) had engaged in a formal information technology strategic planning process. In the summer of 2002, as the health system re-formed, there was a unique opportunity to introduce a planning process that reflected the governance style of the new health system.

Author(s): 
Hutsell, Richard
Mancini-Newell, Lulcy
Publication Title: 
Gastroenterology Nursing: The Official Journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

At some point in our lives, we often envision ourselves in other roles. Being an author is usually a fleeting thought. Nurses have the opportunity to share their professional expertise, the latest research information, or stories of human kindness and compassion. You may often intend to write, but lose the motivation when you think that you are not really capable. Although you may never attain the level of Shakespeare, James Joyce, or Mark Twain, you can still have the satisfaction of seeing your article in print. All it takes is a little organization.

Author(s): 
Barnie, D. C.
Publication Title: 
Gastroenterology Nursing: The Official Journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

At some point in our lives, we often envision ourselves in other roles. Being an author is usually a fleeting thought. Nurses have the opportunity to share their professional expertise, the latest research information, or stories of human kindness and compassion. You may often intend to write, but lose the motivation when you think that you are not really capable. Although you may never attain the level of Shakespeare, James Joyce, or Mark Twain, you can still have the satisfaction of seeing your article in print. All it takes is a little organization.

Author(s): 
Barnie, D. C.
Publication Title: 
Physician Executive

The coming decade is likely to be more turbulent than any we have faced. In fact, the basic structures and roles of health care may begin to shift and dissolve in ways that we cannot begin to predict. In turbulent times, long-term plans are vulnerable to fundamental shifts in the environment. Planning recedes in importance compared to preparing--nurturing the institutional and individual capacity for change. Rigid planning is about power and control. Preparing is about unleashing the strengths of each person on the crew.

Author(s): 
Flower, J.
Guillaume, P.
Publication Title: 
MGMA connexion / Medical group Management Association

Health care administrators may not have the authority of CEOs in other industries, but they can guide the change process in their organizations. By making choices, building alliances, nurturing other leaders, overcoming obstacles, communicating results and respecting themselves, practice managers can provide instrumental leadership to their groups.

Author(s): 
Redling, Robert

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