"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Health Care in Five Years

Two weeks ago, I asked the leadership of WMHS to answer a question, "From your perspective, will the health care environment in the next five years be: Very Difficult; Difficult; The Same; Easy; Very Easy?  My intention was to gauge the leadership as to our alignment for the future.  So far, the aggregate response is Difficult.  The explanations that accompanied each response were wonderful.  This is a group of leaders who truly get it.  They understand the challenges, but at the same time are up for each challenge. 

Information Technology has been labeled as Very Difficult and appropriately so, but they are following a strategic plan that will get us to where we need to be over the next five years.  Leaders in other areas wrote about the importance of planning, teamwork, a focus on quality, continuing to be fluid and dynamic as an organization, the importance of adaptability, continuing to educate the community on changes in health care, being creative and ingenuous, continuing our focus on our approach to perfect care and learning how to "fly blind" with the uncertainty of the federal government's Affordable Care Act and Waiver Modernization in Maryland.

I am thrilled that I asked the question and I am honored to be associated with such a stellar group of leaders.

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