HC461 The Hospital and the Community

for F1H 2007

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HC 461 The Hospital and the Community


F1H 2007 BU


Boe, Gerard P.


Professor of Management


BS - Biology - West Virginia Wesleyan College
MS - Clinical Pathology - Ohio State University
PH. D. - Allied Health Education and Management - Texas A&M University

Daytime Phone



Gerard.Boe @park.edu


Semester Dates

13 August - 7 Oct 07

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM

Credit Hours



Health For All - Making Community Collaboration Work;Greenwald and Beery; 2002 Health Administration Press; Chicago,  ISBN 1-56793-180-4

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Course Description:
Issues specific to the organization and administration of hospitals, their scope of services in relation to community need, and relationships with community health care services. Topics covered dealing with the unique aspects of administration of hospitals and internal departments include improvement of organizational performance, personnel productivity, strategic planning, cost containment, materials management, image in the community, medical staff recruitment, patient census and utilization of services and contracting for services from external suppliers. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Adult learning is best accomplished through interaction. Students will be expected to participate in all class discusions and activities.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will explain the governing bodies of hospitals.
  2. Students will justify the role of the hospital in and to its community.
  3. Students will compare and contrast the various departments and ancillary services of the hospital.
  4. Students will integrate concepts such as organizations, personnel and professional relationships, strategic planning, cost containment and other factors in the improvement of the organization's performance.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students will be evaluated by mid-term exam; final exam; the presentation of a term paper and class participation. In order to obtain the maximum points for participation, the student must be in attendance, have prepared for the assignment and participate in class discussion on the topics.


The grading scheme for this course is : mid-term exam = 30 points; final exam = 30 points;;term paper=30 points; participation = 10 points .This relates to : A = 100 - 90 ;; B = 89 - 80;;C  =79-70;; D = 69-60, below 60 = Failure

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students will be penalized for late submission of the term paper. The penalty is 1 point for each day late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The student is expected to be prepared for each class; to arrive on time for each class and to remain in class until dismissed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Meeting Date Activity Assignment
8-13-07 Introduction/Overview
8-15-07 Identifying Community Health Needs
Objective for this week : Student will be able to discuss the fundamental aspects of the health care delivery system and wil understand the need to identify community health needs.
8-20-07 Access to Health Care
8-22-07 Interorganizational Relationships
Objectives for this week : Student will understand the many barriers to health care access and be able to discuss the importance interorganizational relationships in providing access.
8-27-07 Collaboration pages 3 - 23
8-29-07 Evaluating Existing Services
Objectives for this week : Student will understand the various types of collaboration that may ocur in the health care setting,as well as the advantags/disadvantages of each. In addition, theywill know several approaches to looking at existing services.
9-3-07 Health Systems and Community Health pages 24-50
Objective for this week: Student will gain an understanding of the importance of interventions at certain levels and the importance of the concept of interventon.
9-5-07 Mid-Term Examination
9-10-07 Health Providers
9-12-07 Coalitions pages 79-115
Objectives for this week: Student will be able to discuss the personnel structure of hospitals and will understand the importance of establishing coalitions within the health care delivery systems.
9-17-07 Case Study pages 115-145
9-19-07 Multi-institutional organization
Objectives for this week: Using the case study as a source, the student will understand the causes for conflict within the hospital and be able to discuss approaches to solving said conflicts.
9-24-07 Long Term Care/Collaboration intervention pages 213-227
9-26-07 Economics and Policy making
Objectives for this week: Student will understand the various types of health care reimbursement and over all economics of the health care delivery system.
10-1-07 Term Papers/ Review for Final
10-3-07 Final Examination

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Guidelines for Term Paper


1. Paper must be at least 10 pages, double-spaced. This does not include the title page and references or charts/graphs.


2. Paper may be on any topic related to health care management.


3. Student must use multiple references. All references must be fully documented.


4. Papers must be turned into the instructor not later than October 1, 2007. Student will also be required to provide a short presentation of 4-5 minutes to the class.


5. Papers will be graded on  1)proper format, 2) correctness of content, 3) reference citation, 4) timeliness of topic and 5)english and spelling.


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