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Board of Directors Approves Strategic Plan

November 12, 2015

McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital Board of Directors approved the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan at the board meeting on Wednesday, October 28. Jim Ulrich, Community Hospital President & CEO said Community Hospital uses a continuous strategic planning system where various aspects of the plan are reviewed and updated throughout the year and the complete plan is presented to the board annually.

This year’s plan maintained the focus of the organization on the same five-year strategies, one for each of four seeds: People, Service, Quality and Finance. However the focus on the three to five-year objectives was greatly refined by reducing those objectives from 16 to three. Those three objectives include:

  1. 1. Advance Community Hospital’s Journey to Excellence through further adoption of the Baldrige criteria.
  2. 2. Enhance local access and value to healthcare services along the continuum of care through collaboration and improved coordination with the hospital’s local healthcare providers and other healthcare entities throughout the region.
  3. 3. Provide the necessary leadership and advocacy efforts to preserve and enhance the overall health and economic stability of our community and region.

“Through these three objectives, we can enhance our advantages or strengths as an organization while we are also addressing the challenges that face us today and will likely continue to face us in the future,” Ulrich said. “By better focusing our organization on these objectives and having the strategic seeds of People, Service, Quality, and Finance focus on these same three objectives, our ability to move forward in a unified direction and a very positive manner are greatly enhanced. We feel confident that this strategic plan will move us forward in our ability to uphold our Mission and strive toward the achievement of our Vision,” Ulrich added.

Other items at the board meeting include:

Board Education

Under board education, the directors reviewed the 2015 Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence Peak Award Application and were reminded of the examiners’ visit at Community Hospital from November 2-6.

Strategic Update

Jim Ulrich brought the board of directors up to date on Community Hospital’s collaboration efforts with other area hospitals.

Consent Agenda

Minutes and committee reports were approved from the September 16 regular meeting of the board of directors, September 10 of the regular meeting of the medical staff and October 7 meeting of the policy, personnel and planning committee.

Action to be Taken

Under Action to be Taken, the board approved revisions to the health insurance wellness discount policy and the hazard communication program.

The directors also approved reappointment privileges to consulting medical staff and allied health staff.

Review of Activities

Board members were reminded of the 46th annual membership meeting of the Community Hospital Association, Inc. on Tuesday, November 3 at 4 p.m. A number of thank you notes and other notes were reviewed.

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