Hospitals have always fascinated you rather than scaring you off. You have an empathic nature along with a flair for organisation and an eye for detail. A career prospect you can consider is Hospital Management. A large number of private hospitals and clinics have come up all over the country. With increasing emphasis on quality of health care and patient satisfaction there is a tremendous need for persons with a professional qualification in Hospital Management.
Hospital Management is a new concept in management stream. Gone are the days when a senior doctor was generally responsible for the role of a hospital manager. But in today's era of specialization, the term hospital has undergone sea- changes and many categories related to medical sciences and hospitals have been revamped completely. So, now we have ordinary hospitals, specialty hospitals and even super specialty hospitals depending upon the kinds of services they render to the public and the number of people they cater to, on an average.
As a Hospital Administrator you will be responsible for the overall organisation and management of the hospital to ensure its smooth functioning with the objective of ensuring the complete satisfaction of the patient. You will have to co-ordinate between the various departments of the hospital, ensure that all the equipment is functional, that there is a smooth flow of medical supplies and above all the required standards of cleanliness are maintained. You will also deal with the employees and financial matters. The emphasis is on quality, efficiency and cost containment. The challenge is to deliver the highest quality care at the lowest cost. It entails giving 100% of your time to quality in-patient care, lowering the length of stay, decreasing resource utilisation, and working with the medical and administrative staff to co-ordinate all aspects of in-house care.
For the smooth functioning of a hospital, qualified professionals are required. As a consequence, several courses and training programmes have been developed to churn out professional hospital mangers. Such individuals are by far exceedingly well-equipped to face the growing challenges and cater to the specific requirements of modern day hospitals. Hospital Management courses are not only for the medical graduates but are also open to non-medical and non-science graduates.
Most job opportunities in the field of Hospital Management are in hospitals, but one can also find openings in health agencies, laboratories and other health and allied services. Government hospitals as well as private hospitals employ Hospital administrators/ managers. Hospital Management positions varies from Head of the department to Chief executive officer at numerous organizational levels. A fresh graduate with Master's degree in health services or hospital administration may start their professional career as Assistant Hospital administrators or as managers of various departments like Front office, Public Relations, finance, Quality control etc. Experienced and senior Hospital Administrators can eventually reach the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). It is these people who are supposed to report to the board of directors or the governing body of the hospital.
The Hospital Manager's role differs according to the size of the organization. In a smaller, medical or health care center, they have to handle day-to-day administrative work, which may involve billing, maintenance, equipment supply etc. and also work closely with doctors, in group practice and decision-making. But large-scale organizations may require the services of a manager in key aspects as well. Hospital administrators have to co-ordinate between the various departments of the hospital and have to ensure that all equipments are functional. They are responsible for hiring non-medical staff, maintenance of hospital services, security, building the hospital brand, non-marketing, accounts, financial operations, planning and control for continuous supply of materials, management of the research and clinical work etc.
Employment opportunities in this field are plenty. Fresh degree holders may start their professional career as assistant hospital administrators or as managers of non-health departments like finance. One can find employment in large corporate and public sector hospitals, international and national healthcare organizations and health insurance companies, College and Universities, Healthcare Portals, Nursing Homes, Mental Health Facilities, Pharmaceuticals and Hospital Supply Firms, Medical Software Companies and Hospital Consulting Firms. Big hospitals like Escorts Heart Institute, Apollo Hospital, Belleview Hospital, CMRI, AMRI, Moolchand Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital etc. appoint hospital management graduates for their administration purposes. Experienced and senior hospital administrators can eventually reach the levels of CEOs in their respective organizations.
The applicant must be an Indian citizen, having passed/ appeared at the Higher Secondary Examination in the General or Vocational Stream of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education or its equivalent examination from a recognized Board University. Candidates applying for admission should have English as one of the subjects at the 10+2 level. The admission of the candidate would be subject to clearing as guidelines of affiliated University.
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