Today's Hospital

Much like people, hospitals have a business self and a personal self. The business self of hospitals is their corporate structure; their personal self is reflected through the care they provide to patients - their medical-service structure. In a hospital, the corporate business self keeps things productive and humming smoothly from corporate financial performance to sheets and towels. The personal self, the personality of the hospital that you see as a patient, evolves from the hospital's mission - the commitment to the medical responsibility it has undertaken - and from the attitudes of its employees, administration and medical staff.

As you research your hospital options, the overall personality of the hospital - its corporate self and its personal self - combined with your personal medical and health needs will determine your choice. Knowing something about how a hospital is structured may help you make a more comfortable decision.