The organizational huddle process--optimum results through collaboration

Health Care Manag (Frederick). 2002 Dec;21(2):12-6. doi: 10.1097/00126450-200212000-00003.


The St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, initiated a methodology called The Organizational Huddle Process in the fall of 1999. This communication vehicle enhances operational performance through a fast, focused, and highly collaborative process. The results of this initiative have been most impressive. Hundreds of problems have been resolved before escalating to crisis levels, with an increase in stakeholder satisfaction. This process is appropriate for all levels within an organization, is effective for both interdisciplinary and departmental groups, and has minimal associated implementation costs. This article reviews the rationale and benefits of The Organizational Huddle Process, a recommended implementation strategy, and a nurse manager's review on the application of this methodology.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making, Organizational*
  • Group Processes*
  • Hospital Departments / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Institutional Management Teams
  • Intensive Care Units / organization & administration
  • Interdepartmental Relations
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Leadership
  • New Jersey
  • Organizational Innovation*
  • Problem Solving*