As an established health system, we have a defined culture among all of our sites, service lines, locations. Values, vision, and leadership are well established, and well communicated. For the most part, they are shared, respected, and there’s buy in. Similarly, we have established polices, procedures, and practices, for the most part, throughout the organization. However, there are certainly variations (within guardrails) at some of the acute care hospitals that are embraced, and fostered. There is a great deal of strong history at many of our locations before we came together as a system about 20 years ago.
As we continue to grow, we are acquiring some smaller specialty practices. The variations of polices, practices, leadership approach, cultures, values, etc., vary widely among these practices. Many, being smaller, are not embracing the large system leadership they are now under. A commitment was made to keep things “status quo” (for the most part) for the staff and physicians as it relates to office protocol, staff scheduling, certain benefits, pay, to name just a few. As we are now past he initial onboarding, and wish to make some standardized changes to create efficiencies among and within practices, as many of you would expect, we are facing resistance. What we are faced with now, are staff and docs alike are “cherry picking” what they have observed across the many practices, as well as the larger system itself. There is going to be give and take in many scenarios, but we are having a challenge communicating this, as morale is going down, as many feel like they are getting less, even though some of their benefits and perks are “better than” their peers.
I am looking for help devising a communication plan and strategy on how to best implement and make changes…some positive, yet some that will be viewed as a negative…..for staff and docs (knowing that many of these docs were previously the business owners).