Strategic plan update: mission critical

Posted by Dr. Alan Kaplan, CEO, UW Health and Dr. Robert Golden, Dean, UWSMPH

When the UWHCA Board approved the Strategic Plan, it also reaffirmed our core mission of advancing health without compromise through service, scholarship, science and social responsibility. As an academic health system, we serve a crucial role in providing outstanding care for the most critically ill patients, educating the next generation of providers, advancing scientific discovery and improving the overall health of the communities we serve.

While our Strategic Plan already embeds all parts of our mission in its work, we felt it was important to update the Strategic Plan image to honor our mission and the critical role it plays in our success. In the updated graphic, you will note that four arrows with the words: Patient Care, Education, Research and Community Service now encompass our strategic domains and foundational competencies.

UW Health strategic planThe care provided by UW Health has been critical to families in the Midwest and beyond for decades, and we have a proud tradition of advancing the education, science and practice of medicine. Just as our work is guided by our mission, so too is our strategic plan.

Feedback from our faculty educators and physicians was crucial to the update of our strategic graphic. Members of the Council of Chairs, Council of Faculty, leaders from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Dean’s Office, as well as front line physicians were instrumental in the design and approval of the new look.

“As an integrated academic health system, SMPH is dedicated to a mission, vision and values shared by UW Health,” says Dr. John Frohna, Vice Chair for Education and Director for Pediatrics Residency. “The new graphic shows very clearly that the world in which we work at SMPH and UW Health includes all four parts of our mission.”

“The Graduate Medical Education enterprise is an integral part of UW Health’s mission and I am pleased to see education highlighted prominently in our new Strategic Plan graphic,” says Dr. Susan Goelzer, UWSMPH Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education. “The GME community is proud to play a fundamental role in the future success of UW Health.”

While the focus of the strategic plan remains intact, the new version keeps all aspects of our mission in clear focus.  As we plan our annual initiatives, we will be mindful of advancing all aspects of our role as an academic health system.  It is always important to remember that we exist as a healthcare organization for only one reason — the patients and communities we serve.  That remains true whether we are providing direct patient care, educating the next generation of providers, advancing scientific discovery or addressing community health needs.

Finally, we look forward to sharing updates to our Strategic Plan with you later this summer and fall. Our Domains and Foundational Competencies are unchanged, however, the work needed to support and accomplish our priorities and goals are revised each year.

Thank you for everything you do and for supporting our mission and Strategic Plan.