The pressure to compete and expand market share is at an all-time high for hospitals and health systems. Providers in many markets are feeling the impact of reduced patient payments, competitor maneuvers, and new market entrants. Looking for new opportunities for service area growth, hospitals and health systems often rely on their instincts, local knowledge, or attempt to draw guidance from raw market data. Too often, these tactics lead to frustrating ends—growth plans that prove unsuccessful and year-end budget frustration.
New, trackable strategies must be enacted for the growth and change that is needed. Consideration of these five key areas will allow your hospital or health system to identify the best potential opportunities within a service area and guide your team toward more productive growth strategy and planning.