Hospital administrators are responsible for the smooth operation of daily hospital activity. They manage the daily operations of a hospital and they supervise staff. An administrator must direct and coordinate departments to formulate specific goals and to reach organization-wide goals. They liaise with regulatory bodies, the press, the community and scientists. Hospital administrators also set budget goals and costs for service as well as direct fundraising and fees for special cases. They interact and work with physicians, nurses, orderlies, assistants, lawyers, ethicists and patients. As such, administrators must be professional and aware of who they are interacting with at all times. This is to ensure the most efficient working environment for physicians as well as the most comfortable environment for patients.
Hospital administrators work indoors in the hospital setting. Their work is not physically demanding, but does require extensive mental abilities. An administrator must be able to manage all aspects of the hospital daily as well as put together agendas and plans to make the hospital run in the most efficient manner. Extensive education is required including high school and college, graduate school is also highly recommended. The hours of a hospital administrator are often very long and may last from very early in the morning to late in the evening. The job is active seven days a week and requires constant commitment and dedication to the hospital.
Hospital Administrator Tasks
- Liaise with external entities like regulatory bodies, the press, the community, and scientists.
- Direct and coordinate departments to formulate specific goals and to reach organization-wide goals.
- Manage daily operations of a hospital and supervise staff.
- Set budget goals and costs for service, and direct fundraising and fees for special cases.