7/3/2012 9:21 AM
Faced with an ever-changing environment, health care food service leaders are experiencing elevated demands on delivering quality and efficiency yet faced with access to limited and shrinking resources. Developing programmes and business models that are aligned with corporate strategic planning and will contribute to the overall the vision of the future direction of the health care community is the opportunity and critical for success.
Health care food service programmes typically fit into one of the following business categories:
- Market demand for a product/ service; policy, marketing strategy, marketing campaign
- Clinical practice advancements
- Business development; such as alternative revenue solutions
- Client/consumer feedback
- Technological advances
- Inefficient business approaches
- Rising costs of goods and services
- Legal requirements; health and safety concerns
Utilizing an approach that merges entrepreneurial thinking and structure project management systems approach, once considered only in the information engineering system world, and is being incorporated into organizations as a business practice to meet strategic agendas.
Project management leadership focuses on aligning projects
with the strategic agenda and outcome of the stakeholder community. The approach establishes clear scope and objective parameters, incorporates cross-functional teams, well-executed communication
plans, financial resource and process monitoring management skills and the identification of barriers to successful completion of a project, as well as the documentation of lessons learned. Incorporating this systems approach in presenting projects/programs for funding for much needed capital and human resources should be considered as a viable solution in preparing and positioning the need of the department and connecting the need directly with the value benefit to the organizations strategic business needs.
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Joy Langlois, Healthcare Food & Nutrition Consultant, Kaizen