HC461 The Hospital and the Community

for F1B 2008

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HC 461 The Hospital and the Community


F1B 2008 BL


Sims, Phillip L.


Senior Adjunct Faculty



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Semester Dates

$ August through 28 September 2008

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours


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Course Description:
HC461 The Hospital and the Community: 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

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:


The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. 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 Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The comprehensive case (paper) must be typewritten and submitted on or before the 9/17 class meeting  unless previously coordinated with the instructor. Late papers will be marked down one letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Students are expected to come to all classes and to be on time. Roll will be checked at each class meeting. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty are excusable, however, the student must make up the missed work. The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence either prior to or immediately after the absence. Two unexcused absences are excessive and four unexcused absences will result in an involuntary withdrawal and a grade "F" (attendance) for the course. Cell phones, pagers, etc. will be turned off or put on vibe during class. Submitting someone else’s work as your own will not be tolerated. If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade of “F” and dropped from the course. The second violation results in automatic expulsion from the school. The Assistant Vice President will be notified in writing of the action taken.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

8/4       Administrative announcements, discussion of the course description/requirements,

            introductory comments. Chapter 1, A Brief History of Hospitals. At the end of this session, the student will have a better understanding of the origin of hospitals.

8/6     Discuss Chapters 2 & 3.Hospitals and Important Health Care Trends. Hospital

          Organization. By the end of class the student will be able to justify the role of

          the hospital in and to its community.


8/11   Discuss Chapters 4 and 5. The Governing Body and The Chief Executive Officer.

          Students will understand and be able to explain the governing bodies of hospitals.


8/13    Discuss Chapters 6 and 7. Outpatient Areas and the Emergency Department


8/18    Discuss Chapters 8 and 9. The Admitting Department and the Medical Staff


8/20    Discuss Chapters 10 and 11. Nursing Services and Key Ancillary Services


8/25    Discuss Chapters 12 and 13. Other Ancillary Services and Patient Support Services. By the end of these classes (8/13 through 8/25) students will be able to compare and contrast the various departments and ancillary services of the hospital.


8/27    Mid-term examination. Chapters 1 through 13.


9/1      Discuss Chapters 14 and 15. Facilities Support Services and Administrative Support


9/3      Discuss Chapters 16 and 17. Generating Revenue and Hospital Budgeting. Diagnosis

           Related Groups. Cost containment and other factors in the improvement of the

           organizations  performance. Student Presentations


9/8      Discuss Chapters 18 and 19. Business Functions and Medical Records. Student



9/10    Discuss Chapters 20, 21, and 22. Quality Improvement, Risk Management and

           Malpractice and Patient Safety. Student Presentations.


9/15    Discuss Chapters 23, 24, and 25.  Bioethics. Accreditation and Licensing. Hospital

           Marketing. Student Presentations.


9/17    Discuss Chapters 26, 27, and 28. Planning and the US Medical Care System. Americas System Compared to the World. By the end of these sessions (9/8 through 9/17) students will be able to integrate concepts such as organizations, personnel and professional relationships, and strategic planning. Research paper due. Student presentations.


9/25    Final Examination. Chapters 14 through 28. Make up Student Presentations.


9/27    Review of 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 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 .


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