Let It Pour Case Study: Faith Community Hospital

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CLOSED! That is what the sign on the door said. The hospital was forced to close due to rising costs and declining reimbursements. What would someone do if this happened to their local hospital?

Faith Community Hospital is facing growing problems in their operations. The ethical dilemmas and the increasing costs to operate a hospital are forcing the hospital to take a step back and examine these issues and determine the best solutions to these problems. Finding solutions to these problems in a timely manner is important to the success of the hospital. The purpose of this case study is to address the different issues the Faith Community Hospital is facing, and to determine what actions should be taken to address these issues.

Faith Community Hospital is facing ethical dilemmas throughout the institution. The ethics and laws pertaining to the delivery of health care are regularly changing and with these changes come to question the beliefs and morals of the patient, his or her family, and the medical staff.

The hospital has a mission statement that reads, "With the foundation and commitment of our spiritual heritage and values, our mission is to promote the health and well-being of the people in the communities we serve through a comprehensive continuum of services provided in collaboration with the partners who share the same vision and values." (University of Phoenix) Although a mission statement is in place, the statement is not interpreted the same by everyone. Some of the staff cares so deeply about the patients that they are not looking at the financial impact of their decision on the hospital. Pharmacists at Faith Community have been known to fill prescriptions for uninsured patients and accept payments in installments. Two counselors have been treating some of their clients pro bono. Allowing patients to...