HC461 The Hospital and the Community

for F2B 2011

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HC 461 The Hospital and the Community


F2B 2011 BL


Sims, Phillip L.


Adjunct Faculty


BA, Management Health Care
MA, Management Health Care

Other Phone





Semester Dates

October 17 through December 11, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 11:30 AM

Credit Hours



Hospitals, What They Are & How They Work,  3rd Edition, Don Griffin, Jones and Bartlett Publications, 2006. ISBN-10: 0-7637-2758-X.

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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, utilization of services, and contracting for services from external suppliers.

Educational Philosophy:
Lectures, lecture reviews, examinations, overheads and writings.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will understand what the general publics expectations are for the delivery of health care
  2. Students will understand and discuss the different classifications of health care facilities
  3. Students will understand the various accreditation and licensing organizations that affect health care facilities and their delivery of health care
  4. Students will understand hospital marketing and its necessity.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements.
Prepare an 8 page minimum research paper (APA format)   100 points         30%
Oral research paper presentation                                         100 points         10%
Mid-term examination                                                         100 points          30%
Final examination                                                                100 points          30%
Total                                                                                                           100%

The final letter grade will be determined using the following measurements. Research paper and oral presentation. Mid-term and final examination. The following will be used to assign course grades: 90 - 100 = A, 80 - 89 = B, 70 - 79 = C, 60 - 69 = D, Below 60 = F.

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 class assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the professor.

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 be on time.  Roll will be checked 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:

Week 1 Administrative announcements. Review syllabus. Chapters 1,2, and 3.
Week 2 Chapters 4.5,6, and 7
Week 3 Chapters 8,9,10, and 11.
Week 4 Chapter 12 and 13. Review for the mid-term examination. Mid-term examination.
Week 5 Chapters 14,15,16, and 17. Student presentations.
Week 6 Chapters 18,19,20, and 21. Student presentations.
Week 7 Chapters 22,23,24,25,26,27, and 28. Student presentations. Review for the final examination.
Week 8 Final examination. Research paper due. Discuss final examination. [Make-up student presentations (if any)]

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .


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