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J Health Organ Manag. 2013;27(5):665-72.

Development of a culture of sustainability in health care organizations.

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  • 1Department of Health Management and Informatics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA. bernardo.ramirez@ucf.edu
  • 2Department of Health Administration and Human Resources, The University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This paper aims to examine the concept of sustainability in health care organizations and the key managerial competencies and change management strategies needed to implant a culture of sustainability. Competencies and management development strategies needed to engrain this corporate culture of sustainability are analyzed in this document.

DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH:

This paper draws on the experience of the authors as health care executives and educators developing managerial competencies with interdisciplinary and international groups of executives in the last 25 years, using direct observation, interviews, discussions and bibliographic evidence.

FINDINGS:

With a holistic framework for sustainability, health care managers can implement strategies for multidisciplinary teams to respond to the constant change, fine-tune operations and successfully manage quality of care. Managers can mentor students and provide in-service learning experiences that integrate knowledge, skills, and abilities.

RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS:

Further empirical research needs to be conducted on these interrelated innovative topics.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Health care organizations around the world are under stakeholders' pressure to provide high quality, cost-effective, accessible and sustainable services. Professional organizations and health care providers can collaborate with university graduate health management education programs to prepare competent managers in all the dimensions of sustainability.

SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

The newly designated accountable care organizations represent an opportunity for managers to address the need for sustainability.

ORIGINALITY/VALUE:

Sustainability of health care organizations with the holistic approach discussed in this paper is an innovative and practical approach to quality improvement that merits further development.

PMID:
24341182
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