Our team of more than 23,000 is driven by our mission to improve health in Ohio and across the world through innovation in research, education and patient care. The foundation of our strategic plan is centered on our ambition, mission, vision and values.



We will become a leading academic medical center driving breakthrough health care solutions to improve people's lives.


We will improve health in Ohio and across the world through innovation in research, education and patient care.


We will push the boundaries of discovery and knowledge, solve significant health problems and deliver unparalleled care.


Inclusiveness, Determination, Empathy, Sincerity, Ownership and Innovation


The strategic plan is the result of collaboration, engagement and ideas from faculty, staff and leaders across the medical center and university.

A founding principle of our planning process was to actively engage faculty and staff through various means, including faculty meetings, town halls, faculty leadership forums, surveys, focus groups and strategy groups that addressed specific issues facing the medical center. The strategic planning process was led by a board oversight group which included members of the medical center's board of trustees, university leaders and medical center leadership.

Additionally, a team of medical center faculty and leaders was formed to help advance the planning process, discuss key strategic issues and gather insight from across the organization to ensure a comprehensive planning process. The Medical Center Board will continue to have an active role alongside medical center leaders to ensure the plan is successfully implemented.


To achieve our ambition, mission and vision, we need specific goals and strategies that can be put into action.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center has an important role in the success of the university's new strategic plan. One of the core strengths and assets of the medical center is being part of Ohio State — the largest and most comprehensive university in the nation. By being part of the university, the medical center is benefiting from an unlimited supply of innovative thought, research breakthroughs and talent resources that most health organizations do not have access to.

To further Ohio State's aspiration, the medical center has developed a multifaceted strategic plan that advances the university's Academic Health Care goal and will continue our history of success. The five goals of the plan include:
Doctors and Nurses


Our goal is to foster an environment to attract and develop a diverse and talented team of people committed to creating a culture of innovation and discovery

Our people bring the medical center’s plan to life. By bringing together the right talent and the right culture to foster curiosity, collaboration, innovation and discovery, we will move the medical center forward. Our efforts will focus on:

  • Culture
  • Employee Experience
  • Leadership Development
Researchers in Lab


Our goal is to pioneer life-altering biomedical discoveries and their translation into breakthrough health care solutions

Research is foundational to Ohio State and our academic health care mission. Through our research, we are changing patient care and taking care breakthroughs to the patient bedside and to the community. Our efforts will focus on:

  • Biomedical Innovation
  • Extramural Funding
  • Research Talent
  • Infrastructure
  • Precision Medicine

Our plan in action:

  • Find out how our researchers are accelerating innovation by slowing the decline of patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Instructor with students


Ohio State must continue to push the boundaries of health professional education, to create the next generation of clinicians and leaders

We will implement an innovative, multidisciplinary education model to educate the most diverse and sought-after health professionals in the world. Our efforts will focus on:

  • Learner Centeredness
  • Education Innovation
  • Inter-professional Education
  • Inclusive Excellence
Doctor treating patient


Create innovative health care delivery models that deliver high-value care with unparalleled patient experience and access while addressing Ohio's most pressing health needs

Ohio State will create innovative health care delivery models that deliver high-value care with unparalleled patient experiences and access. We have a critical role in both meeting the most complex care needs of our community and also keeping our community and individuals healthy. This role can only be filled by a leading academic medical center such as Ohio State. Our efforts will focus on:

  • Patient Experience and Clinical Outcomes
  • Value-Based, Person Centered Care
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Community Health
  • Network Development and Strategic Partnerships
The Wexner Medical Center


To achieve our ambition and our goals, we must be a responsible steward of all resources

This will require us to be innovative and open to new ideas. Leadership toward sustaining our mission will come from faculty and staff across the medical center as they innovate on how we can build upon our proven track record of operational sustainability. Our efforts will focus on:

  • Efficiency Enhancement
  • Philanthropy
  • Payment Reform
  • Accountability

Our plan in action:


The Wexner Medical Center has always been on the leading edge of discovery and patient care. But we are ready to go further

How will we do it? Where others stop, we keep going. Where others see limitations, we see possibilities. Where others say there is no solution, we work tirelessly until we find one. We break right through obstacles, barriers, conventions, setbacks, distraction, opposition and doubt. When we stay focused and determined and we work together toward common goals, nothing can hold us back. It’s time for Ohio State to break through.

What's our mission at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center? Watch to see how we're driving breakthroughs to improve people's lives in central Ohio, throughout the state, nationally and beyond.


Our long-term vision is to develop space and facilities that strengthen our position as a national flagship public research university.

Our facilities must be able to keep up with our unceasing curiosity and ideas for innovation. But we want to aim higher than just keeping up. We want to create environments that inspire new ways of collaborating, new approaches to hurdles and new ideas to explore and evaluate. 

Four areas of investment in Framework 2.0, guided and informed by the university’s strategic plan, are:


Time and Change: Enable, Empower and Inspire

Ohio State aspires to be a leading national flagship public research university. The university’s new strategic plan, “Time and Change: Enable, Empower and Inspire,” has five areas of focus. Learn more about Ohio State’s Strategic plan.


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