9 Recent Hospital Strategies for Growth

Here are nine recent hospital strategies for growth, beginning with the most recent announcement.

1. Cleveland Clinic described its strategic priorities of patient safety, quality and patient experience in its "2012 United Nations Global Compact Report: A Communication on Progress to our Community."

2. Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., said acquiring The Westerly (R.I.) Hospital is part of a strategy to strengthen L&M's position in the market.

3. St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Enid, Okla., is planning to use the city's new brand, which emphasizes the city's vast opportunities and heritage, in efforts to recruit new physicians into the community.

4. Kingsport, Tenn.-based Wellmont Health System is changing its leadership structure to accommodate community hospitals in an effort to enhance patient care and improve relationships with physicians and other care providers.

5. Columbia-based Health Sciences South Carolina, which includes six of the state's largest health systems and the state's three largest research-intensive universities, has released a new strategic plan with an updated mission statement that prioritizes creating a comprehensive clinical data store; developing and deploying information management tools; and hosting collaborative research initiatives.

6. Harrisburg, Pa.-based PinnacleHealth System has a new strategic plan to create a highly integrated system of care that will increase access to care, improve quality and reduce cost.

7. Hospitals in Tampa, Fla., are increasingly looking to expand to the suburbs to attract new patients, build relationships with community-based family physicians and increase access to care.

8. George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., is developing an updated strategic plan in which it will expand service lines to meet the demands of an aging, growing patient population.

9. As hospitals focus on the newest technologies, niche specialty services and attractive amenities to draw in physicians and patients, they are also expanding into targeted, geographic markets with "well-insured" people.

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