For Our Future: MCCN Strategic Planning

Mount Carmel College of Nursing focuses on continual growth and transformation, and the College has been on a trajectory of growth for more than two decades — adding new programs, introducing new technologies and welcoming increasing numbers of students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Later this year, Mount Carmel Health System will begin a $46 million transformation of the Franklinton campus, which includes expansion of, and many enhancements for, the College.

To ensure we are prepared for our bright future, we have embarked on development of a comprehensive strategic plan in collaboration with key stakeholder groups. We have engaged AMC Strategies, LLC, of Los Angeles to guide us in preparing enrichments to our programs and services that will not only identify ways to enhance the outcomes and preparedness of our graduates, but will also position us to accommodate the growth we anticipate. A Steering Committee, including our Board of Trustees, Mount Carmel Health leaders, community partners, faculty, staff, alumni, and students, began meeting in November 2017. The group has conducted an environmental assessment, 40 individual and group interviews, and in January 2018 launched an essential fact-gathering survey. Planning is expected to conclude by the end of the 2017–18 academic year.

We are helping our students to answer their life’s calling to become professional nurses — today and well into the future.

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The Strategic Planning Timeline

  • Phase I: Conduct Planning Research — November–December 2017–January 2018
  • Phase II: Define Vision and Strategic Direction — February–April 2018
  • Phase II: Finalize Plan/Implementation Planning — May 2018

Survey Composition

  • Approximately 5,000 stakeholders were invited to take the strategic planning survey.
  • The audience consisted of faculty/instructors, staff, students and approximately 3,700 alumni.
  • Of those invited, 42 percent of internal stakeholders (n=546) and eight percent of alumni (n=296) completed the survey.

Participant Demographics

Survey Respondents by Role

  • Students: 46%
  • Alumni: 35%
  • Faculty: 10%
  • Other: 5%*
  • Staff: 4%

Response Rates by Role

  • Staff: 83%
  • Faculty: 61%
  • Students: 36%
  • Alumni: 8%

* Of the 30 participants choosing other, 20% were Board of Trustees members and 20% had more than one role.

Steering Committee

Steering Committee
  • Dr. Todd Everett, Director, Financial Aid and Project Lead
  • Miriam Abbott, Faculty Senate Chair and Associate Professor
  • Cora Arledge, Coordinator, Lancaster Campus
  • Dr. Ann Marie Brooks, Interim President
  • Dr. Kim Campbell, Director of Admissions /Recruitment
  • Dr. Scott Dolan, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program
  • Brian Draher, Graduate Student -FNP
  • Frieda Gill, Assistant Professor
  • Karen Greene, Director of Enrollment and Records
  • Sister Barbara Hahl, CSC, MCHS Senior VP Mission, and MCCN Board of Trustees
  • Tanya Hahn, Chair, MCCN Board of Trustees
  • Robin Hutchinson Bell, Director, College Relations and Marketing
  • Dr. Jill Kilanowski, Associate Dean, Graduate Program
  • Brett Justice, Senior VP, MCHS, Strategy & System Development
  • Mary LaFrancois, MCHS, Senior VP, Human Resources
  • John Lawson, Trinity Health, Director of Regional, and CIO, Client Services
  • Dr. Kim Loscko, Assistant Professor
  • Matt Mazza, Vice Chair, MCCN Board of Trustees
  • Tauana McDonald, MCHS, COO
  • Dr. Jeri Milstead (’57), MCCN Board of Trustees
  • Jami Nininger, Assistant Dean, Distance Learning
  • JJ Perez, MCCN Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Charles Sanders, MCCN Board of Trustees
  • Sean Seminsky, Undergraduate Student - Junior
  • Kathy Smith, Director, Business Operations
  • Deanna Stewart, President, MCHS Foundation
  • Susannah Townsend, Director, Institutional Effectiveness
  • Dr. Ann Waterman, Interim Academic Dean

Pizza Party

MCCN celebrates the completion of the Strategic Planning Survey with a pizza party for students, faculty and staff. See the photos and video here.

March Steering Committee Meeting activities and accomplishments

The primary purpose of this meeting was to Confirm/Refine of Vision Statement and the College Core Values/Beliefs. The Steering Committee diligently worked on the Vision Statement to assist the College posture for the future. The Steering Committee also worked on 3 Goals during the meeting. There are additional goals to refine and develop tactics accordingly in the April meeting.

The first 3 goals that where examined in depth during the meeting were the following:

  • Goal 1: Prepare highly-skilled, compassionate nurses that will transform health care
  • Goal 2: Advance evidence-based practice and nursing research through nursing scholarships
  • Goal 3: To value and expand clinical practice within the Health System and the community.

April Steering Committee Meeting activities and accomplishments

The primary purpose of this meeting was to continue to Refine of Vision Statement and the College Core Values. The Steering Committee diligently worked on the 3 additional goals and the associated tactics for achieve the additional goals and the 3 initial goals from the March Meeting.

The original and additional goals are listed below:

  • Goal 1: Education-Prepare highly-skilled, compassionate nurses that will transform health care
  • Goal 2: Research-Advance the integration of evidence-based practice, education and research through MCCN and MCHS
  • Goal 3: Clinical Practice-Grow nursing clinical within the College, system and community.
  • Goal 4: Support Environment-Create an academic environment that supports and enables the achievements of the College’s faculty, students, and staff.
  • Goal 5: Valued Partners-Position MCCN as a valuable partner and a recognized community resource.
  • Goal 6: Financial Stewardship-Advance financial sustainability to ensure the College’s long-term success and responsible growth.

Town Hall Meetings

Dr. Brooks will hold several meetings to discuss the progress of the MCCN Strategic Plans to provide a venue for all faculty and staff to provide valuable input and get and update on the Steering Committees progress thus far.

The final Steering Committee Meeting will be held on May 22nd.

This meeting the Steering Committee will finalize the Vision Statement, Strategic Goals and Tactics and move towards and implementation plan

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