Roles and Functions Paper
August 26, 2013
Sandra Marken, RN, BSN, MBA
Introduction This is an exciting time for health care management. Healthcare is changing more rapidly than almost any other field. The field is changing in terms of how and where care is delivered, who is providing those services, and how that care is financed. Health care management requires talented people to manage the changes taking place. In their roles, health care executives have an opportunity to make significant contribution to improving the health of the communities their organizations serve. Today, an estimated 100,000 people occupy health management positions at numerous organizational levels, from department head to chief executive …show more content…
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