We in the Department of Neurology are committed to achieving the primary missions of an academic medical center –
Clinical Care: Provide excellent clinical care
Research: Conduct research that will improve the lives of neurology patients around the world
Education: Educate and train future neurologists and neuroscientists
To those traditional academic medical center goals, we have also added:
Culture: Build a culture within our department where people feel valued and supported
Doing that right doesn’t happen by accident. We set out nearly two years ago to define specific ways to succeed in those mission areas. Our strategic planning process involved the entire department, patients, patients’ families, as well as leadership in the medical school and the health system. In all, we received input from more than 100 people through one-on-one interviews, focus groups and surveys.
After much thought and effort, we articulated our plan. We summarized our Strategic Plan into our mission, vision, values, priorities and goals.
We then took each goal and identified specific ways to reach it – we went from “lofty” goal to “granular” tactic. Lofty is a good place to start but granular gets it done. In all, 122 project ideas were generated. We selected 28 projects to focus on first.
We are now in the midst of creating a dashboard tool to measure our success on all these granular projects. As we implement our strategic plan, we will watch the dashboard to see at-a- glance where we’re succeeding and where we need to find a better way. Stay tuned…we’ll keep you updated.