Week 8 Paper Assignment - David A Givens III Health Care...

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David A. Givens III Health Care Quality Assessment & Improvement Instructor: Dr. Mountasser Kadrie Mission, Performance, and Quality
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1 Healthcare organizations come in two flavors in the United States: for-profit and not-for- profit. Roughly, two-thirds of all U.S. urban hospitals are nonprofit while the remainder are split between for-profit and government ownership (Horwitz, 2005). For-profit organizations pay income and property taxes and nonprofits don’t. However, for-profit organizations have the ability to raise money through revenue streams that aren’t available to nonprofits. The for-profit organizations also are controlled by shareholders, whom sometimes aren’t on the same page with the local communities when it comes to providing services. Like their name implies they are there to make a profit, which at times, can clash with what a community may think they need to provide in way of services offered. In contrast, nonprofits are usually held accountable to the communities they serve. Their governing bodies are composed of community leaders while their earnings are reinvested to benefit the community. With that being said, the question remains: is there a difference in performance or the quality of care between the two entities? This paper will attempt to answer that question by comparing two nationwide organizations that operate in the U.S. that represent both sides. Each organization’s mission statements, values, goals, plans, and performance with be compared. In the end we shall reach a conclusion on whether organizations geared towards profitability and return on equity for shareholders are really that much different than organizations that supposedly “do right” by the communities they are located in. The for-profit healthcare organization that will be analyzed is Community Health Systems, Inc (CHS). They specialize in acute care hospitals. With 195 hospitals in 29 states it is one of the largest operators of its kind. Ascension is the largest nonprofit health organization in America. It is also the world’s largest Catholic health system. It operates 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities in 24 states and also the District of Columbia.
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2 Mission Statement A mission statement is usually a statement used to convey the purpose of an organization. It is the framework from which an organization’s strategies are formulated. Basically, it is the goal that the company wishes to accomplish (Hill & Jones, 2008). There is no mission statement to be found on the main CHS website. Although there is a twenty-three page code of conduct accessible through a link. After a small search a mission statement for CHS was found at: . It states “Community Health Systems (CHS) is known for sound management decisions and a leadership team that sets a company standard of excellence”. The validity of this being the organization’s
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