Not surprisingly, workforce challenges ranked No. 1. Financial challenges ranked second, and behavioral health / addiction issues ranked third, followed closely by patient safety, governmental mandates, and access to care.
I wasn’t able to get a hold of the full survey report, but as I read the summary on the ACHE website, I started thinking about how these survey results could be used by those of you who are planning and designing healthcare facilities.
It starts with empathy — putting yourself in someone else’s shoes who might not know what you know or think the way you think. This is true whether you’re an architect or designer trying to convince a hospital to hire you, a hospital facility executive trying to get approval for a project, or a vendor trying to sell products to a hospital.
You need to look at the person (or people) you want to influence and ask yourself two questions:
Once you answer these questions, you’ll have a better idea of what to say to them that will get them to take the action you want. Obviously, the best way to find the answers is to ask them directly.
But you can also use the ACHE survey results to get a better idea of the issues hospital CEOs are grappling with and how you can help them.
Besides identifying 11 overall top issues, ACHE’s survey also identifies issues within each of those top issues. A lot of them have nothing to do with healthcare facility design. But many do.
Here are six issues for the top three that stood out for me:
I’m sure there are other issues identified in the other top issues of patient safety and quality, access to care, patient satisfaction, technology that relate to the physical environment.
So if you can, get a hold of the full report (I think you have to be an ACHE member, though) and start using this information in your presentations and conversations with hospital CEOs. And those of you who provide products and services can use it to craft your marketing messages, too.