HC461 The Hospital and the Community

for F2B 2009

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HC 461 The Hospital and the Community


F2B 2009 BL


Sims, Phillip L.


Adjunct Faculty



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Semester Dates

October 19 through December 9, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


Health Care Delivery in the United States, 9th Edition, Anthony Kovner, Ph.D, & James Knickman, Ph.D, Springer Publications, 2008.

Additional Resources:

            Health for All, Making Community Collaboration Work, Howard Greenwald and William Beery, Health Administration Press, 2002.


            Healthy People 2010, Understanding and Improving Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, November 2000.

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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

Educational Philosophy:
Lectures, handouts, overheads, discussions, examinations, research papers.

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:
Examinations (mid-term and final), research papers, research paper presentations.


Examinations (mid-term and final, 100 points each) research paper, 100 points, paper presentation 100 points.

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurement:


            Mid-term examination                                    30%

            Final examination                                           30%

            Comprehensive cases (paper)                         30%

            Class participation                                          10%

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurement:


            Mid-term examination                                    30%

            Final examination                                           30%

            Comprehensive cases (paper)                         30%

            Class participation                                          10%

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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The comprehensive case (paper) must be typewritten and submitted on or before the last

            lecture (12/2) prior to the final examination. Late papers will not be accepted and will be

            marked down accordingly.

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                                         three unexcused absences will result in an involuntary withdrawal and a grade of  F

                (attendance) for the course.

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:

10/19    Administrative announcements, discussion of the course description/requirements,

            introductory comments.  A history of hospitals, what they are and how they work.

            Chapter 1 and discussion of Chapter 1 supplement.


10/21   Discuss Chapters 2 and 3. Measuring health status. Financing health care.


10/26   Discuss Chapter 4. Public health: Policy, practice, and perceptions. Healthy People 2010.


10/28   Discuss Chapter 5. The role of government in U.S. health care.


11/2     Discuss Chapter 6. Comparative analysis of health systems among wealthy nations.


11/4    Discuss Chapters 7 and 8. Acute care and chronic care.

11/9     Discuss Chapter 9.Long-term care.


11/11   Mid-term examination. Chapters 1 through 9.


11/16   Discuss Chapters 10 and 11. Health related behavior. Pharmaceuticals.


11/18  Discuss Chapter 12.  The health care workforce. At the end of this session, the student will better understand and be able to compare, contrast, and discuss the various departments and ancillary services of the hospital. Student Presentations


11/23  Discuss Chapters 13 and 14. Information management. Governance, management, and accountability. By the end of class students will have an understanding of  hospital governing bodies and their responsibilities not only to the hospital but to the community as well. Student Presentations.


11/25   Discuss Chapter 15. The complexity of  health care quality. Student Presentations.


11/30   Discuss Chapters 16. Access to care. Students by this time will be able to justify the role  of the hospital in and to its community. Student Presentations.

12/2     Discuss Chapters 17 and 18. Costs and value. The future of health care delivery in the United States. By the end of class each student will understand and be able to integrate concepts such as organizations, personnel and professional relationships, strategic planning, cost containment and other factors in the improvement of the organizations performance. Student Presentations. Research paper due.


12/7     Final Examination. Chapters 10 through 18. Make-up student presentations.


12/9     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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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:
All cell phone and similar devices will be turned off during class.


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