February 1978

General Hospital: A Model

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by John M. Champion, PhD, 251 pp, $12.50, Baltimore, University Park Press, 1976.

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(2):313. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630260095026

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This publication is designed primarily as a teaching instrument and is directed toward students who are aspiring to careers in the management and administration of health care delivery. The author has dissected the hospital departmental components and graphically demonstrated their complexities. The text depicts a "typical" community hospital of two hundred beds, its departmental and personnel structure, its budget, as well as its patient service area. Further, to a limited extent, the book addresses a model organizational structure of a representative medical staff and board of trustees.

One area in which the publication could be strengthened is the development of the profile of the present and future practicing medical community. On this foundation, existing and future community hospital services are based. Hopefully, this aspect will be comprehensively treated in subsequent revisions of the text.

I recommend a wider utilization of this text to include its use as a core reference

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