Two differing health care organizations that could be compared in terms of their mission, vision, and values are the Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser Permanente.
The Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit academic medical center that focuses on patient care, research, and education. Its mission is “to provide better care of the sick, investigation into their problems, and further education of those who serve,” while its vision is “to be the world’s leader in patient experience, clinical outcomes, research, and education.” The values that guide the Cleveland Clinic include patient-centered care, teamwork, compassion, integrity, and excellence.
On the other hand, Kaiser Permanente is a nonprofit integrated health care system that provides care to its members through a network of hospitals, clinics, and medical offices. Its mission is “to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve,” while its vision is “to lead the way in creating the future of health care.” The values that guide Kaiser Permanente include quality, affordability, access, innovation, and equity.
One potential implication of these distinctions for stakeholders of each organization is that the Cleveland Clinic’s focus on research and education could lead to more innovative and advanced treatments and therapies, while Kaiser Permanente’s focus on affordability and access could make health care more accessible and affordable to a broader range of people.
Another potential implication is that the Cleveland Clinic’s emphasis on patient-centered care and excellence could result in higher patient satisfaction and better clinical outcomes, while Kaiser Permanente’s focus on equity could lead to more equitable health care outcomes for underserved populations.
In terms of nursing, both organizations require nursing administration to support and fulfill their mission, vision, and values. Nursing administrators play a critical role in ensuring that nursing care aligns with the organization’s goals and values and that nursing practices are evidence-based and patient-centered.
A goal consistent with the mission of Kaiser Permanente could be to increase access to care for underserved populations by expanding its network of clinics and medical offices in low-income neighborhoods. This could be achieved through a SWOT analysis, identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the organization and using that information to develop a strategic plan that aligns with its mission and values.