Being visionary means that you see the future clearly, anticipate large-scale and local changes that will affect the organization and its environment, are able to project the organization into the future and envision multiple potential outcomes.  It also describes those who have a broad way of looking at trends and are able to design strategies and plans based on future possibilities.

Being visionary in health care at this moment in time is difficult.  There’s as much uncertainty in health care as there has been for some time.  Governmental regulations resulting from the Affordable Care Act are just getting started.  Payment models are changing.  The shift from volume to value is gaining momentum.  Our population and workforce are aging.  The future is unpredictable and blurred.

I appreciate the fact that GVMH is governed by a Board of Directors who are visionary leaders.  Our board works hard to position our organization to meet the health care needs of our community today and into the future which is why they are considering the approval of a significant facility expansion project.

You’d think that all of the uncertainty in health care would cause the board pause when it comes to facility expansion, and it has, but the inevitable decline in reimbursement will only be offset by increased volume and the only way to increase volume is to increase service offerings.  Our board recognizes that we are limited in our ability to grow and without the addition of physical space, our services are self-limiting.  If we are going to meet the needs of our community today, and into the future, we need space to expand existing services and add new services.

Both our organization and our community are fortunate that GVMH has a visionary board.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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