The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition -
(PHIC-TN) is a community health partnership.
The purpose is to improve the pediatric health of all Tennessee
children. We are currently raising funds
to begin a four phase strategic planning initiative. Tennessee Valley
In Phase I, PHIC-TN plans to complete an analysis of the
pediatric healthcare market. This will
include defining the region's population health needs and demographic
trends. The analysis will map market
share and quality of current ambulatory and in-patient offerings. It will also model future demographic shifts,
healthcare demand and the impact of healthcare reform. Chattanooga
Using the analysis in Phase I, Phase II will call on community leaders to develop a vision for pediatric healthcare. A series of presentation forums and inclusive, participatory workshops will be used to bring community stakeholders, medical industry leaders and providers together to plan future goals. These meetings will lead to a detailed plan for the development of a comprehensive care system over the next five years. The final step of Phase II will be a gap analysis of the difference between the coalition's vision and the current pediatric healthcare resources.
Phase III will define pragmatic, efficient and sustainable delivery models for the region's comprehensive pediatric healthcare services. This will include diagramming the options for local and regional alignment of pediatric providers, medical service vendors, in-patient facilities, community health-focused organizations, medical academics and payers. The future vision of a comprehensive pediatric network in
will be explored in terms of the integration of best practices, emerging
innovations, impact of health care reform and other financial and regulatory
pressures. In Phase III, similar
existing institutional examples will be cataloged. We will also project community infrastructure
modifications and/or expansion requirements. Chattanooga
Phase IV will complete a time and cost accounting of proposed alignment, operating and care delivery models. Physician and other provider demand will be reconciled with resources and potential outcomes. The Coalition will define requirements and capital costs of facility and other infrastructure needs. We will produce a detailed impact plan on region healthcare outcomes. This impact will be the basis of a development campaign to complete the community accepted recommendations of the Coalition.
Once our strategic planning campaign is complete, we will have a robust picture of our community and its pediatric health challenges. Our health, cultural, religious, education, business, and political leaders will have a more singular view of the problems and potential solutions. This data will empower the development of a cost-effective and efficient regional pediatric healthcare system. This long-term, comprehensive road map will be resilient to the stress of current national changes as it meets the needs of all of our region's children. Finally, PHIC-TN will begin a development program to implement a pediatric provider alignment, refine delivery of care systems and construct new facilities.
region's children are among the unhealthiest in and the nation. Because of future progress based on this
project, our children and the system that cares for them can become an example
of community wellness. Our city is a
national leader in business development, natural beauty and cost of
living. It is time that we continue that
narrative of excellence in the story of our children's health. We have the health provider talent and
leadership, we have the community commitment, we have the philanthropic heart,
and we have the political leadership.
This project will provide a needed tool to congeal and energize these
components so that Tennessee
can be what we desire: Chattanooga
a world class city for all children.