The Power of Together

The Power of Together

UF Health launches new strategic plan

By Melissa Lutz Blouin

Power of Together _MCM_2192UF Health has launched a new five-year strategic plan to serve as a framework for the entire academic health system to ensure continued high-quality patient care.

The new strategic plan, called The Power of Together, builds on UF Health’s first-ever integrated strategic plan, Forward Together. Over the past five years, Forward Together united everyone in the UF Health family across colleges, hospitals, institutes and programs with a shared vision, values and goals. Forward Together was the roadmap for growth and decision-making for long-term success.

“Over the past five years, while putting our patients and our community at the center of all we do, we have greatly enhanced our education and research stature in serving the missions of the University of Florida,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of UF Health. “Building on Forward Together, the real power behind UF Health is the 22,000-plus faculty, staff, residents and volunteers. Every person is contributing to our expanding virtuous circle of patient care, education, research and community service.”

The broad, mission-based goals outlined in the new strategic plan will guide future growth and decision-making across the academic health center colleges, hospitals, institutes and programs. They serve as the framework for more specific unit- and program-
based goals.

The new strategic plan features five guiding principles that form the framework for mission-based goals. They include a focus on patient care, research, education, community engagement, and growth and expansion.

Guzick led the overall planning process. Thomas A. Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., executive vice president for research and education at UF’s Health Science Center, was responsible for leading the research, education and community engagement components. Laura Huntley, M.B.A., HSC vice president for administration, staffed all meetings and coordinated the
entire process.