I am pleased to share the news with you that UW Health’s Strategic Plan was approved by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board of Directors at our May meeting!
Through our many listening sessions across Wisconsin and Illinois, we heard from clinicians and staff that they preferred to learn about the new strategic plan from their directors and managers rather than reading about the plan in an email or on the intranet. In support of this widely held preference, we will be empowering managers to take the lead on sharing the information in the plan with clinicians and staff this fall. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss as a team how the work on your unit, clinic or department will impact and be impacted by our plan.
We will be communicating this manager-led approach to clinicians and staff in the June 28 In Brief and the June 29 Physician/APP Briefing. Your senior leaders will be sharing more detailed information about the plan and specific expectations with you now through August. Please start thinking about how you will have a discussion about the strategic plan with your teams in September.
To support your efforts to share information with your teams, we are developing a Manager’s Toolkit that will include tools such as a Strategic Plan summary document, infographic poster, videos, talking points, FAQs, and PPTs. You will receive notice in August when the Manager’s Toolkit is available. In the meantime, Mike Dallman, SVP, Chief Strategy Officer, Stephanie Berkson, VP, Planning and Business Development and other leaders from around the organization will be meeting with our leadership groups to share details of the plan.
UW Health has been critical to the health of midwesterners for decades, and we have a proud tradition of advancing the science and practice of medicine. The strategic plan builds on that tradition by defining our priorities in an evolving market. With the ongoing discussion about the budget shortfall, I ask that you help clinicians and staff understand the importance of making thoughtful investments for the future even as positions remain unfilled and operations are restructured. We need to manage the short term without losing track of what is ahead of us.
Thank you for helping create this exciting new chapter in UW Health’s history!