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Multi-hospital networks can achieve efficiencies, increase scale and reduce labour costs by centralising non-clinical and non-differentiating functions, such as human resources, marketing, finance and purchasing, underlines hospitals & Health Networks Daily. Peninsula, says she and the rest of her colleagues have constantly asked themselves how they can find innovative ways to save money at their 284-bed freestanding hospital.
This includes white patients, who now face some of the same fears that black people giving birth have long had, Crear-Perry said, including not being heard by hospital staff. Increasing access to such out-of-hospital care is critical to making childbirth more equitable for black Americans and others who have faced discrimination in medical facilities.
Patient experience, operations and charity care muddy the waters between for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals. However, hospitals that experienced net gains did not necessarily translate those savings into community-directed spending.