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Overcoming Consolidation Challenges for Healthcare Marketing and Strategic Planning

Maintain a Growth Mindset in the Face of Tightening Margins and Shrinking Departments

By Lee Ann Lambdin

As healthcare margins continue to tighten and consolidation remains a reality for many small hospitals, numerous marketing professionals are feeling the need to validate their impact by developing marketing strategies based on reliable, data-based intelligence. The pressure is on to stretch marketing dollars as far as possible, and it’s important for marketing outreach to be focused and data-based

Marketers and strategic planners alike are facing a new reality that requires them to do more with less. Many who have marketing in their title are also responsible for planning and strategy as well, and it’s apparent that this phenomenon is due to one of two things:

  • Either there was never a planning position or strategy has increasingly become a more important function for the hospital or health system so this job was given to the department that made the most sense: marketing.
  • Or, the planning position was eliminated over time and the function was consolidated with the marketing function.

Avoid These 4 Pitfalls When Choosing a Healthcare Strategic Growth Partner

As you are planning for the start of a new year, it may be time to consider bringing on an outside partner or switching to a new one, to help facilitate your 2017 strategic growth plans. As you consider options for a strategic growth partner, there are a variety of factors to consider.

Should you go with a software platform? A consulting firm or services team? Should you keep things simple and go with the partner who could do a little bit of everything, but may not specialize in any one area? Should you hire the company with the fancy website? Or perhaps you could choose a provider that offers just the niche you need.

Ultimately, your best choice depends on your system’s unique needs; but if you find yourself noticing any of the following things as you walk through the evaluation process with a new partner, take note, as it could be a warning sign for a less-than-stellar partnership down the line. Any one of these issues could lead to costly consequences and pitfalls that may not seem important early on but can cause big problems for your health system as the relationship progresses.  

A Comprehensive Approach to Service Line Growth: Product Line Toolkit Webinar

Without reliable, data-based intelligence, it is difficult to create actionable and measurable strategies for growing a service line.

In this webinar, Drake and Sean cover the various challenges to growing a service line and potential solutions, as well as looking at how Stratasan's Product Line Toolkit can help in these efforts.

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