Hospital-community partnerships: Be the spark

Guest post by Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida

One day, I was speaking with my colleague, Joan Odorizzi, our Healing Environment business partner. She shared her vision of having a connecting pathway across our campus, reflecting the connecting relationships inside our organization and across our community. What started out as an aspirational concept moved toward a simple walking pathway. As the concept developed, we reached out to community leaders to share our plans to promote healthier lifestyles through the lens of an optimal healing environment (OHE).

A similar concept can be found in a recent FierceHealthcare article, which describes the American Hospital Association's blueprint for hospital-community partnerships and touches on the Triple Aim--better care, better health and lower costs.

An OHE focuses on reaching our individual and collective potential, exploring all possibilities and connectivity. It provides a framework to model how to achieve the Triple Aim, engaging your team toward:

  • Care coordination and collaboration
  • Right care, time, place and cost
  • Population health management and improving the health of a community
  • Community support

Read the full commentary at Hospital Impact