For two years, the novel coronavirus has tested health care leaders. Staff are burned out, patients are confused, vaccination rates have stalled, and the future remains uncertain. As the highly transmissible omicron variant spreads among both vaccinated and unvaccinated groups, leaders must address its impact on capacity, staffing, and public health.
How to use this guide
To help hospital leadership teams pressure test the comprehensiveness of their response and check for blind spots, we created this scenario planning guide in collaboration with health systems and internal experts.
The document contains 7 scenarios that are unfolding or could unfold in communities with moderate to severe infection rates. Each of these scenarios includes a set of questions that leaders can use to engage leaders, taskforces, partners, and other executives to identify potential gaps in strategy. This information should be used as a supplement to, rather than a replacement for, any guidance you receive from federal, state, or local officials.