Building Organizational Capacity in Healthcare.

The Sydney Community Hospital (SCH), a 110 bed community hospital situated in the outer northern suburbs of the Sydney, has provided general acute medical, surgical, obstetric and emergency services to the local community. Over the last 15 years the population of the area has increased significantly to include a much larger proportion of young families and a significant number of retirement villages with nursing homes attached. The hospital is no longer able to provide the range of services and care required to meet the needs of the community and the resources allocated.
To deal with these changes the Government has allocated resources to redevelop the hospital facilities and restructure the organisation to provide a focus on the health needs of the growing population and to provide a number of specialty services including cancer, paediatric, cardiovascular, renal services, trauma services, aged care and community services. The bed numbers will increase to 200, with an increase in the capacity for community clinics in the specialties.

-The Vision statement of the hospital is to “Provide positive health experiences for the community”.
-The stated mission of the new, larger hospital is “to provide highest quality, specialist health care in partnership with patients, carers, the community at large and other health care providers”.
-The overall strategic goals of the new organisation are “to develop high performing, multidisciplinary teams within the specialist services in order to provide high quality, patient-centred care that is effective, efficient and able to respond to the changing health needs of the population”.

The existing hospital has a traditional, functional organisational structure but the management team is currently reviewing Matrix organisational structures which might be better suited to the changing internal and external environments of the organisation and which have the potential to improve communication and collaboration across teams as well as accountability for resource utilisation, quality of care and patient outcomes.

Within the essay, ensure that the following key points below are part of the discussion.
1. The advantages and limitations of the traditional functional organisational structure for the current health care environment and changing health needs of the population.
2. Identification of a matrix organisational structure; describe the features of such a structure and identify how this structure might better facilitate the achievement of the new mission and strategic goals of the organisation.
3. Identify the key lines of authority and responsibility for achieving the overall organisational goals within the matrix structure (you may wish to compare this with the key lines of authority and responsibility in the previous functional structure) and discuss how this might enable this new hospital to achieve their stated objectives.
4. Critically analyse the advantages and limitations of the matrix structure in relation to the changing health care environment and what the organisation wishes to achieve for patients, carers and the community.
5. only references from the supported files, you may not to reference any scholar articles.
6. introduction and conclusion only need general idea and does not need references.


 

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