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Contents

About the Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv


Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxiii
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxvii
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxix

PART I POLICY ENVIRONMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES


DELIVERY

1 Carilion Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Alexandra Piriz Mookerjee and Kurt Darr
Led by a new CEO, the efforts of a mid-Atlantic acute care
hospital to develop a vertically integrated, clinic-driven health
services system result in allegations of antitrust, excessive
healthcare costs, disruption of physician referral patterns, and
use of harsh collection practices, all of which cause a negative
reaction in its service area.

2 Flu Vaccine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Mary K. Feeney and Abigail Peterman
Flu vaccine shortages in 2004–2005 caused by a major
manufacturer’s problems with quality control result in federal
and state efforts to secure supplies of the vaccine and raise
public policy and resource-allocation issues that users can
role-play in three scenarios.

3 Merck’s Crixivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Kimberly A. Rucker, Nora G. Albert, and Kurt Darr
A pharmaceutical manufacturer encounters significant negative
stakeholder reaction to its introduction of a new medication
for the human immunodeficiency virus despite having

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met expectations for clinical rigor and carefully assessing
stakeholders and the external environment.

4 Pineridge Quality Alliance: A Case Study in


Clinical Integration and Population Health . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Tracy J. Farnsworth
A new CEO urges his board to move toward becoming an
accountable care organization and promoting regional popula-
tion health, which demands choosing among three common
approaches to navigating the challenges and opportunities of
developing a clinically integrated network.

5 Hawaii Health Systems Corporation:


The Politics of Public Health Systems
Governance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Earl G. Greenia
A healthcare executive facing continual public policy
restructuring of Hawaii’s Health Systems Corporation must
develop strategic options for his board to consider in response
to this environmental uncertainty.

PART II STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

6 Riviera Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91


Michael J. King and Robert C. Myrtle
The CEO of a 350-bed hospital explores strategic alternatives
to enhance its financial situation and reputation by asking the
hospital board to approve a worksite wellness program to be
marketed to area companies to improve workers’ health and
decrease employers’ healthcare costs.

7 Edgewood Lake Hospital: Leadership in a


Rural Healthcare Facility During
Challenging Economic Times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Brent C. Pottenger, Douglas Archer,
Stephen Cheung, and Robert C. Myrtle
The new CEO of a 30-bed, not-for-profit rural hospital faces a
turnaround situation to make the hospital profitable after 3 years
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of losses. Problems include challenging payer mix, employee
overstaffing, and difficulty recruiting physicians.

8 Klamath Care: Targeting and Managing


Growth and Company-Wide Development . . . . . . . . . . 121
Tracy J. Farnsworth, Leigh W. Cellucci,
and Carla Wiggins
The CEO of a growing system of urgent care centers recounts
the organization’s development over a decade while consider-
ing strategies and options for future growth in an increas-
ingly crowded marketplace with an analysis that uses financial,
market share, and demographic data.

9 Hospital Consolidation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133


Tracy J. Farnsworth
This case focuses on the relationship healthcare providers have
with their local and regional markets and the need to balance
organization and community interests when making decisions
that affect the healthcare marketplace.

10 Service Area Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141


Tracy J. Farnsworth
Users are challenged to analyze, prioritize, and use disparate
information common to a dynamic and competitive healthcare
marketplace as part of an organization’s strategic planning and
marketing processes.

11 Western Healthcare Systems:


A Healthcare Delivery Continuum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Robert C. Myrtle
Western Healthcare Systems was creating an integrated
delivery system when an opportunity to acquire a large
multispecialty group arose, but it may be imprudent to
proceed because of hospital and multispecialty group
physician resistance.
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PART III ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT

12 Hartland Memorial Hospital:


Part 1, In-Box and Prioritization Exercise . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Kent V. Rondeau, John E. Paul, and Jonathon S. Rakich
The VP for nursing services of a 285-bed for-profit hospital
must decide what actions to take regarding her in-box, which
includes e-mail, correspondence, and phone messages that
communicate various challenges, such as two angry nurses, a
wandering patient, staff shortages, and increasing numbers of
OR infections. Emphasizes priority setting, decision making,
and delegation.

13 Bad Image Radiology Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199


Kurt Darr
Management of a community hospital is unwilling to
recognize and address major problems in its radiology
department, which is directed by a radiologist whose disruptive
behavior and preoccupation with income and stock market
speculation have diminished the quality of radiograph readings
with tragic results.

14 Westmount Nursing Homes: Implementing a


Continuous Quality Improvement Initiative . . . . . . . . . . 213
Kent V. Rondeau
The future of a total quality management initiative is threatened
when the CEO has to overcome more than the expected barriers
and pitfalls in a chain of seven nursing homes and the initiative
becomes entangled in negotiations with the union representing
nurses.

15 District Hospital: A Lesson in Governance . . . . . . . . . . . 225


Cynthia Mahood Levin and Kurt Darr
A tax district community hospital has major problems with
its governance structure because of historical animosities
among internal stakeholders, medical staff politics, weak and
ambivalent senior management, and a disruptive member of
the medical staff who has ambitions to attain major power in
the hospital.
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Family Hospital: Overcoming Resistance
to a Shared Governance Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Kent V. Rondeau
A change initiative introduced to democratize decision making
and improve clinical care in a healthcare organization is met
with staff suspicion, derision, and resistance.

PART IV ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

17 Attica Memorial Hospital:


The Ingelson Burn Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
Bonnie Eng-Suess and Robert C. Myrtle
After the merger of two hospitals, planning must include how
to consolidate duplicated services and realign units, including a
burn center, while considering the center’s financing and com-
munity and organizational impact.

18 Pediatric Dental Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269


Eleanor Lin
A not-for-profit pediatric dental care center that has struggled
financially for years as it serves a Medicaid population is offered
the opportunity to become part of a federally qualified health
center, but to do so requires expanding services and significantly
changing its governance structure.

19 Radical Innovation on the Idaho Frontier:


Bengal Telepharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Julie Frischmann, Neil Tocher, and Alexander R. Bolinger
Efforts to provide pharmacy services in a rural community are
successful because of creative thinking, perseverance, political deal
making, and using telepharmacy in a unique and effective way.

20 Structure and Funding of Hospitalist Programs . . . . . . . 293


John E. Paul and Gillian Gilson Watson
An academic medical center must decide how to structure
and fund hospitalist services in the context of its relationship
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with an affiliated school of medicine; the history and content
of hospitalist functions; and other revenue that might be
derived from hospitalist services, even while considering several
alternate strategies.

21 Appian Health Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305


Robert C. Myrtle
A negotiation simulation allows participants to assume union
and hospital roles to work toward an acceptable collective
bargaining agreement.

22 Evolution of the Healthy Communities


Initiatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Barry Ross
Several years after initiating healthcare services for diverse,
underserved communities, hospital leadership is planning
how to take its activities to a level with greater impact and
sustainability.

PART V LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES

23 Hospital Software Solutions (A) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327


Elizabeth M. A. Grasby and Jason Stornelli
A software company supplying information technology
services to Ontario (CN) hospitals has an ill-defined structure
and controls that frustrate a new employee with conflicting
demands from the firm’s managers, including expectations
inconsistent with her job description.

24 The Case of Tim’s Last Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341


Kurt Darr and Carla Jackie Sampson
Declining physical health forces an accomplished retired
professor to enter a life care community in which his
diminished independence leads to conflicts with manage-
ment and staff even as further health problems result in an
apparently willed death.
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25 Autumn Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355
Cara Thomason Embry and Robert C. Myrtle
The executive director and the director of assisted living in a
community for independent and assisted living must resolve a
disagreement as to the appropriate level of care for a difficult resident.

26 Appalachian Home Health Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365


Kathryn H. Dansky
A not-for-profit home health agency faces a controversial
choice after learning its best applicant for a nursing position
is a convicted felon, and a review by management shows more
widespread problems with recruitment and staffing.

27 Suburban Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373


Bruce D. Evans and George S. Cooley
The supervisor of the suburban branch of a city health
department faces problems with an insubordinate and possibly
incompetent nurse, even as the lack of authority and inadequate
support from superiors are complicated by the absence of
employee performance evaluations.

28 Team Building: From Success to Failure in 24 Hours . . 377


Cherie A. Hudson Whittlesey
What starts as a highly successful team-building exercise
becomes problematic when one physician challenges the process
and forces the facilitator to consider underlying issues and then
devise responses that will preserve team cooperation.

PART VI ETHICS INCIDENTS

29 Ethics Incidents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 381


Kurt Darr
Twelve mini-case studies cover the spectrum of administrative
and clinical ethical issues, from conflicts of interest to dishonest
contractors and from infection control to advance medical directives.
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Administrative Ethics
Incident 1: Borrowed Time
Incident 2: ED Repeat Admissions: A Question of
Resource Use
Incident 3: The Administrative Institutional Ethics
Committee
Incident 4: Bits and Pieces
Incident 5: A Potentially Shocking Revelation
Incident 6: Intensive Care Unit Dysfunction

Clinical Ethics
Incident 7: Protecting the Community
Incident 8: Decisions
Incident 9: The Missing Needle Protector
Incident 10: To Vaccinate, or Not
Incident 11: Demarketing to Avoid Bankruptcy
Incident 12: Something Must Be Done, But What?
About the Editors
Kurt Darr, JD, ScD, LFACHE, is Professor Emeritus of Hospital
Administration, and of Health Services Management and Leadership,
Department of Health Services Policy and Management, School of
Public Health, The George Washington University . Dr. Darr holds
the Doctor of Science from The Johns Hopkins University and the Master
of Hospital Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of
Minnesota. His baccalaureate degree was awarded by Concordia College,
Moorhead, MN.
Dr. Darr completed an administrative residency at the Rochester (MN)
Methodist Hospital and subsequently worked as an administrative associate
at the Mayo Clinic. After being commissioned in the U.S. Navy during the
Vietnam War, he served in administrative and educational assignments at
St. Albans Naval Hospital (NY) and Bethesda Naval Hospital (MD). He
completed postdoctoral fellowships with the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, the World Health Organization, and the Accrediting
Commission on Education for Health Services Administration.
Dr. Darr is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the state
of Minnesota and the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. He was
a mediator for the Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of
Columbia and has served as a hearing officer for the American Arbitration
Association. Dr. Darr is a member of hospital committees on quality
improvement and on ethics in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.
He is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Darr’s teaching and research interests include health services
management, administrative and clinical ethics, hospital organization
and management, quality improvement, and applying the Deming
method in health services. Dr. Darr is the editor and author of numerous
books, articles, and cases used for graduate education and professional
development in health services.

Tracy J . Farnsworth, EdD, MHSA, MBA, FACHE, is President


and Chief Executive Officer of the Proposed Idaho College of
Osteopathic Medicine . Dr. Farnsworth has served as Director and
Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions, Division of Health

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Sciences, Idaho State University (ISU [Pocatello]) since 2010. He is
Associate Professor in the Health Care Administration Program at ISU
and has served as Program Director.
Dr. Farnsworth is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He
received master’s degrees in Business and Health Services Administration
from Arizona State University and the Doctor of Education in Educational
Leadership from ISU. In 2014, Dr. Farnsworth was awarded the
Kole-McGuffey Prize for excellence in education research, and in 2016
he received the J. Warren Perry Distinguished Author Award from the
Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.
Prior to becoming an educator, Dr. Farnsworth had executive-level
appointments with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic Healthcare West,
the City of Hope National Medical Center, and other public and private
healthcare systems.
A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives,
Dr. Farnsworth has written and spoken widely on subjects related to
hospital and health systems performance improvement, healthcare reform,
medical education, healthcare leadership and governance, and inter-
professional education/collaboration.

Robert C . Myrtle, DPA, is Professor Emeritus of Health Services


Administration, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of
Southern California . Dr. Myrtle received a bachelor’s degree in business
administration from the California State University, Long Beach, and a
master’s and doctoral degree in public administration from the University
of Southern California. During 41 years at the University of Southern
California (USC), Dr. Myrtle co-authored two books on management;
18 book chapters; 51 articles in journals, including Health Care Management
Review, Health Policy and Planning, Public Administration Review, Social
Science and Medicine, and The Gerontologist; and 70 conference papers
and professional reports. He has academic appointments in the Leonard
Davis School of Gerontology and the Marshall School of Business and is
a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Health Policy and Management at
the National Taiwan University.
Dr. Myrtle’s key research interests are leadership, executive
development, and organizational and management effectiveness. Current
research includes the influence of managers’ behavior on perceptions
of overall leadership effectiveness; examining factors influencing
the performance of surgical teams; and assessing factors influencing
organizational legitimacy during and following major natural disasters.
Dr. Myrtle is the recipient of the Academy of Management’s Health
Care Division’s Teaching Excellence Award and the American Society for
Public Administration’s Los Angeles Chapter Harry Scoville Award for
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Academic Excellence. He was named Professor of the Year at USC and
has three times been named Most Inspirational Business Professor. He is
the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Regents
Award, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Award for best article of the year
appearing in the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration .
Dr. Myrtle was chair of the Los Angeles County Hospitals and
Health Services Commission. He was board chair for SCAN Health Plan
and was a member of the board of directors for the Huntington Medical
Foundation. He has served as board chair of Health and Human Services
for the City of Long Beach (CA).

Professor Emeritus Darr coauthored the textbook, Managing Health


Services Organizations and Systems, Sixth Edition (2014), with Beaufort B.
Longest, Jr., published by Health Professions Press. This health services
management textbook should be used as a complement to Cases in Health
Services Management .
Contributors

Nora G . Albert, MHA George S . Cooley


Project Manager Long Green Associates, Inc.
Children’s National Health System Long Green, MD 21092
111 Michigan Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20010 Kathryn H . Dansky, PhD
Associate Professor Emerita
Douglas Archer, MHA Department of Health Policy and
Hospital Administrator Administration
Sutter Health-Memorial College of Health and Human
Hospital–Los Banos Development
520 West I St. Pennsylvania State University
Los Banos, CA 93635 201 Main
University Park, PA 16802
Alexander R . Bolinger, PhD,
MBA Kurt Darr, JD, ScD, LFACHE
Associate Professor of Professor Emeritus, Hospital
Management Administration
Idaho State University Dept. of Health Services
921 S. 8th Ave. Management & Leadership
Pocatello, ID 83209-8020 The George Washington
University
Leigh W . Cellucci, PhD, MBA 2175 K Street, NW
Professor and Program Director Suite 320
Department of Health Services Washington, DC 20037
and Information Management
East Carolina University Cara Thomason Embry, MSG,
Greenville, NC 27858-668 MHA, RN
Sol Price School of Public
Stephen Cheung, MHA, DDS Health
School of Dentistry University of Southern California
State Capital Center Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
School of Policy, Planning,
and Development
University of Southern California
Sacramento, CA 95811

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Bonnie Eng-Suess, MHA Elizabeth M . A . Grasby, PhD
Director of Hospital Risk c/o Richard Ivey School of
Contracting and Operations Business
Dignity Health The University of Western
251 S. Lake Ave., Ste 700 Ontario
Pasadena, CA 91101 1151 Richmond Street North
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Bruce D . Evans, MBA CANADA
Professor of Management
University of Dallas Earl G . Greenia, PhD, FACHE
Satish & Yasmin Gupta College Professor, Healthcare
of Business Administration & Management
1845 E. Northgate Dr. Colorado State University–Global
Irving, TX 75062 Campus
7800 E. Orchard Road
Tracy J . Farnsworth, EdD, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
MHSA, MBA, FACHE
Associate Dean and Director Michael J . King, MHA
Kasiska School of Health Chief Financial Officer, Shared
Professions Services Division
Division of Health Sciences Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Idaho State University 1445 Ross Ave., Suite 1400
921 South 8th Ave. Dallas, TX 75202
Pocatello, ID 83209-8090
Eleanor Lin, MHA, DDS
Mary K . Feeney, PhD Children’s Dental Health Clinic
Associate Professor and Lincoln 455 E. Columbia St.
Professor of Ethics in Public Long Beach, CA 90806
Affairs
School of Public Affairs Cynthia Mahood Levin, MHSA
Arizona State University Healthcare Consultant
411 N. Central Ave., Suite 450 Palo Alto, CA
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Nova Ashanti Monteiro, MD
Julie Frischmann Children’s National Medical Center
Instructor/Academic Coach 111 Michigan Avenue NW
Student Success Center Washington, DC 20010
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave. Robert C . Myrtle, DPA
Pocatello, ID 83209-8010 Professor Emeritus, Health
Services Administration
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
105 Siena Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
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John E . Paul, PhD, MSPH Kent Rondeau, PhD
Clinical Professor and Associate Associate Professor
Chair for Academics School of Public Health
Department of Health Policy and University of Alberta
Management Faculty of Extension, Enterprise
Gillings School of Global Public Square
Health 10230 Jasper Ave., Room 2-216
University of North Carolina at Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4P6
Chapel Hill CANADA
135 Dauer Drive.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 Barry Ross, MPH, MBA
Vice President, Healthy
Abigail Peterman Communities
Center for Science, Technology St. Jude Medical Center
and Environmental Policy 101 E. Valencia Mesa Dr.
Studies Fullerton, CA 92835
Arizona State University
University Center Kimberly A . Rucker
411 N. Central Ave. Healthcare Consultant
Phoenix, AZ 85004 Washington, DC

Alexandra Piriz Mookerjee, Carla Jackie Sampson, MBA,


MHSA FACHE
Administrator Graduate Research Associate
Westminster Communities of Florida Center for Nursing
Florida 12424 Research Pkwy, #220
Magnolia Towers Orlando, FL 32826
100 E. Anderson St.
Orlando, FL 32801 Jessica Silcox, RN, MSN
Staff Development Educator &
Brent C . Pottenger, MD, MHA Stroke Coordinator
Dept. of Physical Medicine & Sentara Northern Virginia
Rehabilitation Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Medicine 2300 Opitz Blvd.
707 North Broadway Woodbridge, VA 22191
Baltimore, MD 21205
Jason Stornelli
Jonathon S . Rakich c/o Richard Ivey School of
Professor Emeritus Business
Indiana University Southeast The University of Western
4201 Grant Line Road Ontario
New Albany, IN 47150 1151 Richmond Street North
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
CANADA
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Neil Tocher, PhD Cherie A . Hudson Whittlesey,
Professor of Management ML
Idaho State University Director, Organizational
921 S. 8th Ave. Learning and Effectiveness
Pocatello, ID 83209-8020 St. Jude Medical Center
101 E. Valencia Mesa Dr.
Gillian Gilson Watson, MHA Fullerton, CA 92835
Department of Hospital Medicine
University of North Carolina Carla Wiggins, PhD
Hospitals Professor and MHA Program
101 Manning Dr. Director
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7085 Weber State University
3875 Stadium Way, Dept. 3911
Ogden, UT 84408
Preface
Like its predecessors, the sixth edition of Cases in Health Services
Management describes management problems and issues in various
healthcare settings. The primary criterion to select a case was that it had
to be rich in applied lessons. Case selection was tempered by the editors’
90 years of combined experience in teaching and using the case method.
The result is a comprehensive set of health services management cases in
one volume.
Cases vary in length and complexity and are grouped into six parts.
Of the 28 cases in this edition, 14 are new. There are two new ethics
incidents. Cases and ethics incidents that have stood the test of time and
use were retained in this edition. All have been updated and edited to make
them as streamlined as possible. Consistent with the evolving healthcare
delivery system, half the cases are set outside of acute care hospitals. Those
include a long-term care facility, a health network, a continuing care
retirement community, an emergency department, a hospital burn unit, a
dental clinic, a pharmaceutical company, a city health department, a home
health agency, and a software company.
Acute care hospital cases include a range of sizes, types, ownerships,
and geographic locations, including rural and inner-city settings. One
hospital case is set in a multi-institutional system; another applies the
principles of continuous quality improvement. An in-box exercise set in
a hospital simulates the time pressures that confront managers and the
importance of prioritizing the issues, and a labor relations role-play case
creates a powerful learning experience that emphasizes the challenges and
dynamics of any negotiated relationship.
Depending on depth of analysis and time available for out-of-class
preparation, most cases can be analyzed in two hours, or less. A few cases
are short and have one issue. Most, however, are integrative and complex
and involve multiple problems and issues. As a result, analyses will often
require applying concepts from different disciplinary fields and knowledge
areas. This may require users to synthesize and apply knowledge, skills,
and experience from the social and health sciences in their analyses and
discussions.

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The primary use of this book of cases is the education of health ser-
vices managers. Case analysis bridges theory and practice. In this regard,
students studying health services management, as well as experienced
managers, will find the cases informative as they hone analytical and
problem-solving skills. These cases can also be used in continuing profes-
sional development for practicing managers.
By their nature, cases present events, situations, problems, and issues.
The dynamics of the analysis, including the group discussion, make
the case method a powerful and rich tool for learning. Users are urged
to review the Introduction, which describes the case method and case
analysis.
The cases included in this volume are intended to stimulate discus-
sion and analysis. In most instances, the names of organizations and indi-
viduals are disguised. In all instances, authors of the cases have prepared
well-written, factual situations that are based on field research in a specific
organization, or a composite case based on experience with several organi-
zations. No case is meant to reflect positively or negatively on actual per-
sons or organizations, or to depict either effective or ineffective handling
of administrative situations.
The 28 cases and 12 ethics incidents are organized into six parts:
Part I: Policy Environment of Health Services Delivery (five cases)
Part II: Strategic Management (six cases)
Part III: Organizational Management (five cases)
Part IV: Organizational Effectiveness (six cases)
Part V: Leadership Challenges (six cases)
Part VI: Ethics Incidents (12 statements of fact that show ethics issues)
The case synopses in the table of contents identify organizational setting,
dominant themes, and managerial problems. The core task of teaching
effective health services management is to hone the ability to identify
and define problems as well as sharpen the judgment and ability to apply
the skills and methods to solve them. As experiential learning in health
services management education has given way to more discipline-based
didactic preparation, and as younger, less-experienced students have
entered graduate programs, cases that apply didactic work have become
more important. Using these cases following a comprehensive academic
grounding in the health services and management disciplines will prepare
users for the types of problems they will encounter as health services
managers. With instructor or seminar-leader guidance, cases such as those
in this volume can make an important contribution to that goal.