Health care facilities range from small clinics and nursing homes to enormous hospitals with cutting-edge treatment services. Each of them must employ teams of people to do the tasks necessary for the facility to function, and the health care facility administrator is the primary individual responsible for managing the facility's operations.
Whether by directly supervising staff or supervising administrators who themselves supervise staff, the health care facility administrator’s goal is to ensure that all patients are administered the highest quality of care by ensuring the facility is adequately-staffed, properly-trained, and supplied with everything it needs. This administrator is also responsible for the indirect aspects of the facility's operation, such as planning budgets, developing personnel management procedures, codifying rules, arranging for necessary facility upgrades and repairs, and working with other health care facilities to expand the overall quality of care for everyone in the community.
The health care facility administrator is a leader who must have the ability to handle many tasks at once and take charge when conflicts and problems arise. They must thoroughly understand the health care system as a whole, as well as the particulars of patient care, and should always be ready to adapt to changes and progress in the health care industry.
Those who aspire to administration may need a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or a related field, though it is common for facilities to hire administrators from within the ranks of doctors or nurses.
Facility Administrator, Health Care Tasks
Negotiate improvements and additions to equipment and buildings.
Administer fiscal operations, like budget planning, accounting plus establishing rates for health care services.
Direct and coordinate activities of medical, nursing, administrative and service staff.
Direct the hospital, nursing home, or other health care facility within authority of governing board.
Develop policies and procedures for various facility activities.