Strategic Planning Overview


The Texas State Office of Rural Health and Texas Healthcare Trustees is excited to launch our 2024 Series: Strategy for Rural Trustees. This first session  will provide an overview of the board’s pivotal role in shaping and supporting your organization’s strategy. The session will delve into the development and oversight of a strategic plan with key considerations for rural hospitals, as well as how to maintain proper oversight to make your strategic plan an actionable and effective roadmap. Lastly, we will hear from a rural hospital peer on how they have effectively updated and implemented their strategic plan.

Registration Pricing

Member and Non-Member Group (Unlimited connections from your organization): Free

Register via PDF

Who should attend:

Hospital Trustees and Executive Leadership in Texas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of strategic planning.
  • Know the roles of management and the board in the strategic planning process as well as other key stakeholders.
  • How to align key initiatives into a comprehensive and effective strategy.

Continuing Education:

Certified Healthcare Trustees Education
The Texas Healthcare Trustees designates this continuing certified healthcare trustee education activity for up to 1.5 contact hours. For more information about the CHT program, please contact THT at 512-465-1071.


John Downes, Director, Stroudwater Associate

John Downes brings over 25 years’ experience to clients in the healthcare facilities planning arena. John has led the development of demand-based market assessments, strategic plans, charrette facility master plans as well as functional and space programs for clinical service line expansions. Recently, John has also been working with real estate clients to identify and analyze markets to determine potential healthcare facility demand. Before joining Stroudwater Associates in 2009, John directed the consulting division of a Boston-based architectural firm that enjoys a national leadership position in the healthcare arena. 

A nationally recognized speaker, John has served as a guest lecturer in the Brown University’s Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership program. He has also recently presented on linking strategy, finance, and facilities at Healthcare Design and at the ASHE Planning and Design Conference. 

A graduate of Rutgers University, John earned a Master of Business Administration from Boston College. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). 

The Following Webinar is Presented by Texas Healthcare Trustees and the State Office of Rural Health

Seal of the State Office of Rural Health