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Running head: WMH’s ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE1Organizational Structure of the Whitlam Memorial Hospital (WMH)NameInstitution
WMH’s ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE 2Organizational Structure of the Whitlam Memorial Hospital (WMH)Whitlam Memorial Hospital (WMH) is a community hospital with a capacity of 130 beds, located in the outskirts of Sydney and offers surgical, obstetric, emergency, and general acute medical services to local community members. Currently, WMH operates on a traditional, bureaucratic (functional) organizational structure, which groups employees according to specialty. The functional structure is important because it centralizes decision-making within the organization since all nursing tasks are under nursing services and similar specialty departments report to the same manager. However, the increasing local population of patients requires a change from the functional structure to shared governance structure that will offer cancer, pediatric, cardiovascular, renal, and trauma services among others (Ballard, 2010). The change from its current functional structure will increase bed capacity from 130 to 250 and will ensure the expansion of the specialties to accommodate the aforesaid needs of the local community. Therefore, the organizational structure is a vital success factor that will help WMH to improve both internal and external communication and enhance flexibility towards achieving its vision, mission, and strategic goals. Actually, the change of organizational structure from the current oneto the shared governance will optimize the quality of care and effective communication will enhance the timely accomplishment of the needs of the clients. Definition of organizational structure and reason for its importance An organizational structure is a system that defines a hierarchy in an organization in terms of job allocation, departmental functions, and where those departments report to within theorganization. Therefore, the structure facilitates the operations and execution of the organizational goals as regards how policies are implemented, how tasks are performed, and howemployees follow rules to help them complete their tasks and responsibilities (Bretshneider, et
WMH’s ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE 3al., 2010). Additionally, organizational structure aids in facilitating smooth flow of information between various levels within the firm; and this may include either centralized or decentralized structures. Notably organizational structures usually determine readiness for change based on therelationships between the various departments. This is because organizational concepts are relevant in implementing devised policies, innovations, and helps healthcare professionals to successfully integrate their empirical findings from research activities. For example, how an organization is structured will promote effective communication and coordination of tasks, which are relevant and legitimate for proper decision-making, evidence-based practice,

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