Integrating Healthcare Organizations Present Three Transformation Coaching Opportunities

by Francine Gaillour, MD

in Aligning With Values & Purpose,Career Resilience & Fulfillment,Transformational Leadership

I came across an excellent article by Dan Zismer in ACPE Journal, on the psychology of newly integrating healthcare organizations: The Psychology of Organizational  Structure in Integrated Health System.

Zismer is becoming a thought leader on the topic of integrated healthcare and leadership structure required to lead this new paradigm of care.

One of the topics we spend a lot of time on during the Physician Coaching Institute program (an advanced training program for healthcare coaches and consultants) is the impact of “integration” and increased number of employed physicians.

There are three important “cultural transformation” opportunities within an integrating organization:

1) Coaching and assisting the leadership team who will lead the integration
2) Managing and coaching the physicians who are struggling with the transition of going from independent owner to now an employee
3) Coaching and training healthcare teams to act “integrated;” what does that mean in terms of communication and getting along;  in terms of managing patients and populations?

Whether you are a professional consultant/coach, or a physician leader within an integrating organization, it is essential to understand all three opportunities in order to move the integrated organization forward.

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