Analyze the current driving forces of the healthcare industry.

Learning Outcomes
Analyze the current driving forces of the healthcare industry.
Develop strategic goals for various levels of a healthcare organization.
Compare strategic thinking, strategic planning and strategic momentum.
Action Items
Conduct research regarding the current driving forces of the healthcare industry.
Write a three- to four-page paper in which you:
Identify a healthcare system that is comprised of several hospitals/clinics within your local area or region.
This should be the same healthcare organization that you have chosen for your capstone assignment. (Note: you will revisit this organization in future assignments.)
Discuss the current driving forces that impact the system.
Conduct a brief analysis of the external environment of the system including the general environment, the service area, and the healthcare environment (see Exhibit 2-2, p. 42 in your textbook).
Use SMART criteria to write a strategic corporate goal that responds to the driving forces you identified. Justify the goal using information from your external analysis.
Write SMART goals for each major level of the organization (refer to Exhibit 1-5, p. 26, in your textbook).
Distinguish and explain the concepts of strategic thinking, strategic planning, and strategic momentum that are unique to each organizational level as they relate to the strategic goals that you wrote.
Prepare your assignment for submission:
Follow all applicable APA Guidelines (Links to an external site.) regarding in-text citations, list of cited references, and document formatting for this paper. Failure to properly cite and reference sources constitutes plagiarism.
The title page and reference list are not included in the page count for this paper.
Proofread your assignment carefully. Improper English grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, or spelling will result in significant point deductions.