No issue is more important to hospitals and health systems than developing and sustaining a healthy workforce that can respond to the challenges of caring for our patients and communities.

The AHA Committee on Performance Improvement’s new report explores key components of workforce. It is intended to foster a national conversation about why the alignment between workforce planning and development and operations is critically needed now.

Changing care delivery models, changing payment models, increasing numbers of people accessing care, an aging population, aging caregivers and more patients presenting with comorbidities – all require us to focus on the workforce of today and tomorrow.

The key to success in meeting these myriad challenges is to make workforce planning and development a core element of all your business and strategic operations. The women and men who work in America’s hospitals and health systems – and the people and communities they serve – deserve no less.