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How Community Outreach Programs Can Relieve Overburdened Hospitals




Community outreach poster to raise funds for hospitals and social care

As a hospital administrator, it is your duty to oversee the day to day operations of your facility so that everything functions well as a whole and above all, you are expected to hold a wide variety of skills to get the job done. In most cases, a hospital administrator must have the minimum of a master’s degree in health administration, even though some institutions require even higher-level degrees. 

If you have, for example, a Master’s in Health Administration from Ohio University, you can be in a perfect position to qualify as a hospital administrator and among your many duties, keeping costs within a very strict budget is going to be of prime concern. Have you considered how to implement community outreach programs as a viable means of helping your hospital operate within that budget? Here are some ways in which community outreach programs you sponsor can relieve understaffed and financially overburdened hospitals.

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

While we typically think of community outreach programs as those sponsored by civic groups outside the confines of a healthcare institution, is there any reason why you, as an administrator can’t sponsor community outreach programs right there on campus? In some studies, it was found that educating the public on prevention reduced avoidable inpatient stays by as much as 25%. Therefore, when it comes to cutting costs, that is huge. 

You worked long and hard to get where you are today and now that you have that prestigious Ohio University MHA, put it to good use by helping to keep local residents healthy. Yes, you are in business to treat illness, but isn’t it also your duty to promote health and wellness? There is no reason why you can’t put some of those unused conference rooms to good use for educational purposes!

Community Outreach Programs You Can Sponsor

While many hospital administrators seek community outreach programs to help fund their financially strapped institutions, there are those that sponsor health awareness classes at their facility. If you are looking to keep your census within budget, why not offer classes on some of the leading causes of illness within our communities? An example of outreach programs you could organize might include:

  • AA and NA meetings – Drug and alcohol related hospitalizations and death are on the rise.
  • Sanitation and Good Housekeeping – You would be surprised at the number of households that don’t know how to keep germs at bay!
  • Healthy Cooking and Meal Planning – We are an obese nation. Let’s teach healthy eating habits.
  • Parenting Groups for Tips on Childcare – Babies aren’t born with manuals and many new parents don’t know the first thing about child safety. Do you know the statistics in your area of infants hospitalized as the result of avoidable accidents?
  • Group Therapy Sessions – Some psychologists are open to volunteering an hour a week to host group sessions for those who are depressed and on the brink of a breakdown. Sometimes in sharing with others, those symptoms are relieved and as patients open up, they begin to realize there are solutions and that they can take control of their lives.

While you may not have a budget to pay professionals to host these outreach programs, you just might find staff within your hospital willing to donate an hour a week, or even an hour a month. As you make efforts to educate your community, you will begin seeing your census drop in those areas. As a hospital administrator, it is your duty to see things run smoothly, but it is also your duty to improve the health and wellbeing of those you serve. Community outreach programs can help you achieve several goals with minimal effort.

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