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Strategic Plan

Date: June 5, 2014

Let’s have a conversation about Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Strategic Priorities.

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It all starts with a discussion


If you’re familiar with the expression “You can’t move forward until you know where you’re going,” then you understand the value of a conversation and a plan. Johns Hopkins Medicine’s five-year Strategic Plan ensures that our six hospitals, medical school, outpatient and ambulatory centers, community physicians group, and other health care entities are moving in the same direction to reach the following identical strategic priorities:

  • People
  • Biomedical Discovery
  • Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Education
  • Integration
  • Performance

Each of you—our 41,000 staff members, physicians, trainees and faculty members—is in some way connected to our three-part mission to deliver quality and compassionate patient care, explore the unknown for innovative research, and provide students and trainees with a world-class, transformative education.

Think of the Strategic Plan as the roadmap (or GPS) for our ever-expanding institution’s future. The competitive, evolving world of health care is creating challenges that the Strategic Plan will help us navigate to remain in the top tier of medicine—not just in the Maryland-D.C. region and in Florida, but across the nation and around the world.

Whether you’re an administrative assistant, food service worker, IT technician, nurse, physician, researcher or scientist, as a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, you play an invaluable role in the implementation of the JHM Strategic Plan. It’s important that all of us are engaged and inspired, that we understand what the priorities mean, and that we know how each person can contribute to some or all of them.

The best ideas come from our people. The steps and template on the other side can be used as a guide for every team leader. Every single person at Johns Hopkins Medicine has an important role on this journey to advance our promise of medicine.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Strategic Plan Priorities

If you are a team leader, please use this information to begin or continue conversations with your team about how each person can help us achieve our goals.

STEP ONE: Understand the plan and priorities.

All team leaders should get familiar with the plan.         

  • Review the Strategic Plan at Become familiar with the six priorities and each priority’s goals.    
  • Apply the priorities to your everyday work and guide your team to do the same. Visualize what success will look like.

STEP TWO: The best ideas come from our people.

As a team leader, hold meetings with your people. Start the conversation. If someone doesn’t get it, help him or her
connect the dots.      

  • Continue to review the priorities.
  • Encourage people to speak up in meetings and share their ideas. What priorities are important to them? What can they contribute to the priorities? What can they do to support the priorities? How does their work strengthen the strategic priorities?

STEP THREE: Take action and follow up.

Dozens of people helped to develop this plan. But it can’t come to life if it’s forgotten in a folder.

  • Meet regularly with your team to review the priorities and their contributions.
  • Ask each team member to share accomplishments and progress on the priorities.

Template for Team Leaders to Use in Group Meetings

How will I contribute to the priorities?

Hold meetings, have conversations and ask your team members to provide two ideas, where applicable, on how they can contribute to one or some of the six priorities. Collect all input and share all ideas with your team and with your own manager. Ideas are appreciated and important.

People: Attract, engage, retain and develop the world’s best people.

How can I contribute to this priority?

  • Idea 1
  • Idea 2

Biomedical Discovery: Become the exemplary model for biomedical research by advancing and integrating discovery, innovation, translation and dissemination.

How can I contribute to this priority?

  • Idea 1
  • Idea 2

Patient- and Family-Centered Care: Be the national leader in safety, science, teaching, and provision of patient- and family-centered care.

How can I contribute to this priority?

  • Idea 1
  • Idea 2

Education: Lead the world in the education and training of physicians and biomedical scientists.

How can I contribute to this priority?

  • Idea 1
  • Idea 2

Integration: Become the model for an academically based integrated health care delivery and financing system.

How can I contribute to this priority?

  • Idea 1
  • Idea 2

Performance: Create sustainable financial success and implement continuous performance improvement.

How can I contribute to this priority?

  • Idea 1
  • Idea 2

Be sure to send your thoughts about the plan to After all, the best ideas come from our people.