The Case for Open Heart Surgery at Cabarrus

The Case for Open Heart Surgery at Cabarrus

Running head: THE CASE FOR OPEN HEART SURGERY AT CABARRUS








The Case for Open Heart Surgery at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital
Terry Brown
Strayer University
Health Services Administration
HSA 599
Dr. Donna Leveque
November 17, 2012
Abstract
                This report will discuss the ways an open heart surgical program does or does not comply with Cabarrus Memorial Hospital’s (CMH) mission. It will analyze whether or not CMH has the infrastructure and financial resources/leverage to add this program. This report will describe the competitive situation among other hospitals that will impact the hospital’s decision. This report will further describe the changes necessary in the service area to accommodate the cardiovascular surgery service.


                Key Words: cardiovascular services/competition, mission, decision factors, financial considerations, changes





The Case for Open Heart Surgery at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital
                Cabarrus Memorial Hospital (CMH) was dedicated to education. They were affiliated with Duke University Medical Center. This affiliation allowed for many specialists to practice at CMH. The goal at CMH was for everyone to have the best healthcare services. The issues now facing CMH were to address the opening of a new cardiovascular service program, in order to continue to provide this excellence in care.
                Cardiovascular services/competition
                The decision was in front of the board as to rather or not development of an open heart surgical program would benefit the needs of Cabarrus Memorial Hospital’s (CMH) patients. The hospital was currently transferring patients that required open heart surgery or coronary angioplasty to other hospital. These transfers were causing burden to their patients, families along with placing the patient at risk for delayed treatment. According to Campbell, questions were asked:
                    • Should the hospital add an...

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