Hospital Management
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Hospital Management : Job Prospects & Career Options

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Hospital management is concerned with the efficiency and cost effectiveness of all levels of health service. With the tremendous growth in the healthcare/hospital industry there are sufficient job opportunities for Hospital Managers in India and abroad.

The work of a hospital manager involves administration, managing and maintaining equipment, management of the medical staff and day-to-day medical activities, financial planning, operations of the hospital etc. They try to bring about economy in the use of supplies, facilities and human resources of the hospital.

The Hospital Manager's role differs according to the size of the organization. In a smaller, medical or health care center, they have to handle day-to-day administrative work, which may involve billing, maintenance, equipment supply etc. and also work closely with doctors, in group practice and decision-making. But large-scale organizations may require the services of a manager in key aspects as well. Hospital administrators have to co-ordinate between the various departments of the hospital and have to ensure that all equipments are functional. They are responsible for hiring non-medical staff, maintenance of hospital services, security, building the hospital brand, marketing, accounts, financial operations, planning and control for continuous supply of materials, management of the research and clinical work etc.

Most job opportunities in the field of Hospital Management are in hospitals, but one can also find openings in health agencies, laboratories and other health and allied services. Government hospitals as well as private hospitals employ Hospital administrators/ managers. Hospital Management positions varies from Head of the department to Chief executive officer at numerous organizational levels. A fresh graduate with Master’s degree in health services or hospital administration may start their professional career as Assistant Hospital administrators or as managers of various departments like Front office, Public Relations, finance, Quality control etc. Experienced and senior Hospital Administrators can eventually reach the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). It is these people who are supposed to report to the board of directors or the governing body of the hospital.

Degree/ Diploma holders in Hospital Management can find employment in large Corporate / public / private sector hospitals, clinics, international and national healthcare organizations and health insurance companies, college and universities, healthcare centers, nursing homes, mental health organizations, public health departments, rehabilitation centers, pharmaceuticals and hospital supply firms, medical software companies and hospital consulting firms. Those having a Masters Degree in Hospital Management with 4-5 years of experience can get employment as a lecturer. With several years of experience in the field, one could even set up their own nursing home or hospital.

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