Community invited to Jan. 26 meeting on AGH/FVM strategic plan

by Mary-Wilson Trider

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  One of a hospital board's most important roles is to develop the strategic plan for the organization. This requires board members to imagine the hospital's future and the path to get there.The management team then translates the strategic direction into a series of specific steps or actions that will be implemented to achieve the desired future. As board members consider different options for the strategic plan, they look at information about services the organization provides today and who is using those services. They also look at what services people are leaving the local area to receive and where they are going for them. Board members also review projections of future population trends, by age group, to gain some understanding of what services the community will need in the future.

Another important component of their research is gathering input from internal stakeholders, including physicians, staff and volunteers, and from external stakeholder, including community leaders, other health service providers and the general public.

The Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Board of Directors has begun the strategic planning process to set the organization's course for the next five years. Over the past several months, Board members have been reviewing information about the health care environment, about the population served and about the services provided by the Hospital and Fairview Manor today.On January 13-14, 2012, the Board will meet to consider this information, as well as advice from some stakeholders. By the end of the two-day session, the Board will have developed a list of proposed strategic priorities. This list will be discussed with internal and external stakeholders for feedback before it is finalized.

Interested members of the community are invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the dining room of the

Mary Wilson Trider is the President and CEO of theAlmonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor