Urban health systems are often credited with driving health care innovation, but rural and critical access hospitals can also be fertile ground for new ideas. The fundamental challenges of rural care – staffing and funding shortages and changing community needs – can inspire creative solutions that push the boundaries of traditional thinking and leverage staff and space in new ways. This session showcases several recent operational and planning innovations including universal platforms that were spearheaded by rural providers.
1.) Explore emerging operational and planning strategies that challenge traditional patient care boundaries.
2.) Identify potential cultural and code-related roadblocks in creating interdepartmental care platforms and learn how to navigate them.
3.) Review processes that engage leadership and front-line staff in innovating traditional care models to design shared, flexible space.
4.) Cultivate the cultural shifts that promote efficiency, adaptability, and collaboration.