HC461 The Hospital and the Community

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HC 461 The Hospital and the Community


F2J 2010 DN


Field, Thomas R.


Adjunct Faculty



Office Location

3901 Rainbow Blvd.; Kansas City, KS 66160

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

Oct. 18 - Dec. 12

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Health for All: Making Community Collaboration Work
Howard P. Greenwald
  • ISBN-10: 1567931804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567931808
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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:
    Education must involve learning and application. This course will provide learning opportunities for students through readings and lectures. Through exams and especially through class discussions and case studies, students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned - to demonstrate that the information is useful in the real-world, day-to-day management of the relationships between hospitals and the communities they serve.

    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:

    Assessment for this course will include the following:

    1. Two exams and one final projects will be required of students (see attached project guidelines).

    Exams one and two will cover material discussed in class and presented in the book.

    In the final project, students will be required to identify an article in the news or in a professional journal that serves as a contemporary example of a healthcare-related issue that could be addressed/improved by partnership between a hospital/hospital system and the community. Students will prepare a (3-5 page) paper on the article incorporating and applying course material to the article. Students will hand in their papers on the last day of class and will provide a brief (10-15 minute) presentation to the class about their article and its relation to the materials covered in class.


    Exam I = 100 points
    Exam II = 100 points
    Final Project = 100 points

    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:
    Late submission of work (i.e., missing an exam or the final project/presentation) must be arranged in advance with and must have approval from the instructor.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:
    Please feel free to ask questions that you may have. Chances are good that someone else also has the same questions. Additionally, your question may spark a discussion, which often is where the really great learning takes place. The primary, hard-and-fast rule is to be respectful of one another.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    October 18: Syllabus, Chapter 1, Franklin Handout (Principles of Collaboration)

    October 25: Chapters 2 (Health Systems & Community Health)

    November 1: Chapter 3 (Partnership Challenges)

    November 8: Exam I, Chapters 4 & 5 (Case Studies: Mutual Partnership Coallition & Case Study in Conflict)

    November 15: Chapter 6 (Project Outcomes)

    November 22: Chapter 7 (As sessing Accomplishments / Evaluation)

    November 29: Exam II, Chapter 8 (Collaboration Intervention)

    December 6: Final projects/presentations due

    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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
    Integrity is essential to a successful professional, especially in healthcare, an industry in which our customers seek our services at times in which they are most vulnerable. The practice of principled behavior must begin in one's academic training.

    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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

    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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

    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 .

    Final Project

    Picture of Book for Class


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