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The Center's Strategic Direction

Strategic DirectionThe Center for Health Affairs strives to provide its member hospitals with vital services and resources aimed at enhancing the region’s healthcare community. Its strategic direction, which spans 2014 through 2016, provides the foundation for carrying out the goals of the association. Support and guidance for the plans development was provided by five focus groups whose members included participants from The Center’s board, the boards of its affiliated organizations as well as some non-board members with special expertise. The plan mirrors The Center’s five areas of expertise, which are described below, and includes a strategic direction metrics package with tools to help stakeholders understand the association’s progress in meeting the goals set forth in its strategic direction.

Strategic Initiative 1.0 - Data & Information
Provide member hospitals with timely, accurate and meaningful information that is valuable for improving our members’ operational effectiveness.

Strategic Initiative 2.0 - Workforce
Assist our members in creating and developing the healthcare workforce for the 21st century.

Strategic Initiative 3.0 - Public Policy & Economic Development
Fully utilize the collective leverage of our members in the areas of community development, economic development and public policy. Provide regular, timely, and relevant information to C-suite leaders on emerging issues of opportunity and threat to members.

Strategic Initiative 4.0 - Quality, Safety & Patient Experience
Support member hospitals in achieving or exceeding public indicators and best practice benchmarks in quality care, patient experience and patient safety through educational opportunities, sharing of data and interpretation of data.

Strategic Initiative 5.0 - Community Initiatives
Create opportunities for hospital/health systems to coordinate/collaborate to identify and address the health needs of the community and improve the benefits they provide to Northeast Ohio community.