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  1. Blouin, Ann Scott PhD, RN
  2. McDonagh, Kathryn J. PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. Neistadt, Allyson M. MPH
  4. Helfand, Bradley MA, MPH


Hospitals and health systems today are challenged by the lack of consistent workforce planning which has resulted in a significant dearth of effective succession planning strategies and tactics for the executive suite as well as middle management. This article discusses how the healthcare industry lags behind other corporate organizations in creating a succession plan and in retaining top leadership talent. It also provides practical approaches for succession planning in healthcare and identifies the key elements of succession planning for the chief executive officer and other senior leaders.