Competing institutions report on geriatric care

The healthcare industry has entered an era of intense competition and rapid change with the advent of government regulated prospective payment for hospital care. Now, more than at any time in the history of the healthcare industry, has it become imperative that hospitals market their services, while at the same time cutting costs and continuing to insure a high quality of patient care. The objective of this thesis project was to identify and assess the geriatric programs of 11 competitors of the hospital that I currently work for, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Employees from the Departments of Planning and Social Services of each competing institution were interviewed using a list of standardized questions and a geriatric services graph. Using the American Hospital Association Guide to the Health Care Field, 1983 edition, statistical data were prepared for each hospital to gain an awareness of such factors as individual hospital size, admissions, occupancy, affiliation, services offered, accreditation and number of personnel. (See more in text.)

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