Altimier, L.B., Sanders, J.M., (2000, April). Can you make a merger pay off? Nursing Management, 31(4)8.
This article discusses the merger of three hospitals and prenatal departments with
the results of this complex transition. This huge project comprised of five nurse led areas
proved to be cost-effective. By maintaining a single administrative structure, they
eliminated bureaucracy and cut costs with staffing changes.
No doubt time will test the success of this story. There are many given numbers
for a grand total cost savings given as the merger's big reward. However, there are no
numbers revealing patient satisfaction or quality indicators to measure possible outcome
changes on care delivery. Hospitals have a challenging task ahead in balancing supply and
demand. Creativity will be illustrated many ways in the future as a constant pulse is
monitored on the bottom line.
Espo, D., (2000, May 15). Progress toward HMO ...