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What makes a good health care manager?

discussion board due by thursday (250 words) cite citations and references correctly give credit where credit is due in all your work. health•care [helth-kair], noun

  1. The field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of the health of the body or mind.
  2. Any of the procedures or methods employed in this field.  –adjective Also, health-care
  3. Of, pertaining to, or involved in health care: health care workers; a health care center.
man•ag•er [man-i-jer], noun
  1. A person who has control or direction of an institution, business, etc., or of a part, division, or phase of it.
  2. A person who manages.
  3. A person who controls and manipulates resources and expenditures, as of a household.
This is an exciting time for health care in general, but especially for the team of professionals that provide leadership and direction to enable the maintenance or restoration of health in a variety of settings. Health care management requires talented people to facilitate the delivery of care to patients and their families. The rewards of helping are great, the challenges are many. What type of individual makes a good health care manager?To prepare for this Discussion, complete the readings in your Learning Resources. Review the various health care managers who work in a health care setting profiled in Waldenville (click on the org charts to learn more about the managers) and in the profiles provided in your Career Opportunities in Health Care Management course text. Post a comprehensive response to the following:Health care managers can work in settings that provide direct or nondirect service.
  • What makes a good health care manager?
  • Why do professionals choose either of these paths?
  • Identify and compare the characteristics common in those health care managers who work in either direct or nondirect care settings.
*****Please be sure to cite your resources using APA style within your post. Please try to select specific public health examples that are different from those posted by your classmates for this discussion._________________________________________________________________________________assignment due by 11:59 pm sunday be sure to cite your resources  A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so they can get on with their jobs.  —Robert TownsendTo prepare for this Application, review Chapter 1 of your Career Opportunities in Health Care Management course text. Take the Healthcare Management Talent Quotient Quiz in Table 1-1 of your course text to determine your strengths and aptitude for working in health care management. Review the various types of health care settings (see Waldenville health care settings and your course text) and the various descriptions of health care management positions available. Prepare a 1- to 2-page self-assessment of the role and setting of health care management that you might pursue based on your Management Talent Quotient.To complete this Application, write a 1- to 2-page paper that identifies the following:
  • Based on the results of your quiz, on what areas did you score highly?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What areas do you feel you need to work on to be successful as a health care manager?
  • What information from this week’s Learning Resources affected your understanding of the skills necessary to be a successful health care manager? Please explain and provide sufficient examples.
Instruction:Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct._______________________________________________________________________resources
Course Text: Buchbinder, S., & Thompson, J. (2010). Career opportunities in health care management: “Perspectives from the field (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.   Chapter 1, “The Healthcare Management Workforce”   In this chapter, you will begin to look at the essential skills of health care management professionals. The authors highlight the origins of health care management and the growth and opportunities available in the profession.   Chapter 2, “Understanding Healthcare Management”   Health care management provides leadership and direction to organizations that deliver personal health services in a variety of settings. This chapter defines the role, function, and competencies of health care managers.   Chapter 3, “Healthcare Management Practice Settings”   This chapter summarizes the major settings for the practice of health care management. The authors explain the differences between direct and nondirect care settings and the key managerial skills and competencies involved in each.   Chapter 4, “Perspectives From the Field: Profiles of Healthcare Managers”   The authors provide a unique glimpse into health care management through profiles of actual professionals. In addition to describing a “day in the life” of a typical health care manager, dozens of individuals share their perspectives on the training, career path, satisfaction, and challenges that excite them about being involved in direct or nondirect care settings.  
Article: Mandel, M., & Weber, J. (2006, September 25). What’s really propping up the economy. Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved from What’s Really Propping Up The Economy, by Mandel, M., & Weber, J., in Bloomberg BusinessWeek (2006, September 25). Copyright 2006 by Bloomberg L.P. Reprinted by permission of Bloomberg L.P. via the Copyright Clearance Center.   In recent years, the U.S. economy has been ailing, but the health care job market has been healthy. The authors of this BusinessWeek article shed light on the effect of health care organizations on local economies.

Required Media

Course Media: Welcome to Waldenville! Waldenville is a fictitious city in Anystate, USA. The population of Waldenville is 324,995. There are approximately 1,094 people per square mile. Of those who reside here, approximately 5.2% are living below the poverty level. Age and race distribution are:  The city of Waldenville is proud of the health care available to its residents. Visit to learn more about the Waldenville Urgent Care Clinic, the Waldenville Department of Health, Waldenville General Hospital, the Regional Hospital System, Waldenville Women’s Medical Group, the Primary Care Physicians of Waldenville, the Waldenville Assisted Living Community, the Nursing Home of Greater Waldenville, and the Waldenville Community Health Foundation. An organizational chart showcasing the various heath care management professionals is found in Waldenville General Hospital, the Waldenville Urgent Care Clinic, and the Primary Care Physicians of Waldenville. 


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