The Essential Hospital Start-Up Checklist

1. Determine the legal structure of your organization (corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, etc).

2. Research and apply for any necessary licenses or permits.

3. Obtain funding to cover startup costs such as office space, equipment, supplies, and staff.

4. Find and secure a suitable location for setting up your hospital.

5. Purchase or lease medical equipment required to run the hospital; develop relationships with vendors in order to obtain discounts on medical supplies.

6. Develop policies and procedures manual that outlines the goals, mission, services provided and operational guidelines of the hospital.

7. Develop a marketing strategy to reach potential patients and healthcare providers.

8. Hire qualified personnel, such as physicians, nurses, administrative staff and other required personnel needed to run the business.

9. Set up systems for billing, bookkeeping and accounting procedures to ensure accuracy in financial management of the hospital.

10. Participate in networking opportunities and establish relationships with other healthcare professionals in your community.

11. Develop a long-term strategy for growth, including expansion of services and potential mergers or acquisitions.

12. Implement an effective quality assurance program to ensure the highest standards of care are met at all times.

13. Invest in patient satisfaction surveys and use the feedback to make necessary changes or improvements.

14. Monitor changes in healthcare policies and regulations to ensure compliance with all applicable laws.

15. Establish relationships with insurance companies and other third party payers for reimbursement of services rendered by your hospital.

16. Develop a disaster preparedness plan to ensure the safety of staff and patients in case of an emergency.

17. Utilize technology such as electronic health records (EHRs) and telemedicine to improve patient care and reduce costs.

18. Analyze data related to financial performance, patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes in order to identify areas of improvement.

19. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of operational processes to ensure peak efficiency.

20. Develop a plan for ongoing staff education and training to ensure high quality medical care is provided at all times.