Hospital looks to update strategy

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Central Peninsula General Hospital Board members generally agree their hospital could accomplish more with a plan to improve its strategic plan, or at least the process by which the plan is created and implemented, said Tom Boedeker, the board’s vice president.

“The system we’ve got has some shortcomings,” he said. “So we’re trying to figure out a way to improve.”

At the board’s meeting Thursday, members considered a resolution that proposed CPGH ask a consulting group to help it improve its strategic planning process.

The board did not act on the resolution, which was proposed by its Strategic Planning Committee, but requested more information.

Improving the process could include streamlining, but an even bigger part of improvements may focus on organizing, Boedeker said, likening the proposal to a program guide to developing a strategic plan.

“(It’s) to get to where it’s more than just a meeting where everybody has an idea and says, OK now you’ve got everybody’s ideas how do you put them together? Who does what? How should we be doing it?” he said.

A refinement of the hospital’s strategic planning process would also look at how the hospital keeps tabs on whether strategic and operational goals are being met and whether the steps being taken to meet those goals are working, he said.

In addition to the proposal, the board considered Thursday a second proposal recommending a path to improving the strategic planning process has also been submitted for review.

Boedeker said he did not yet know how the second proposal differed from the first, but that he expects both of the proposals will come before the board when they hold their next meeting on Jan. 25.

At Thursday’s meeting the board also held elections for three board seats. A total of six candidates including three incumbents submitted applications, and all three incumbents, Alyson Stogsdill, Russell Peterson and Loretta Flanders, held onto their positions.

“We had some really qualified people,” Boedeker said. “It’s really good we have interested people and hopefully we’ll get them involved if not directly on the board then on the committees like strategic planning.”

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