Shouldice Hospital Limited: Case Study.

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A Brief History:

Dr. Edward Earle Shouldice graduated from the University of Toronto in 1916. By 1940, Dr. Shouldice was operating a private medical and surgical practice, lecturing at the University of Toronto, and pursuing research work in areas of advancing medical knowledge. During World War II, he was called to serve on the Medical Examining Board. Dr. Shouldice, a major in the army, found that many young men willing to serve their country had to be denied enlistment. These men needed surgical treatment to repair their hernias before they could be pronounced physically fit for military training.

In 1940, hospital space and doctors were scarce, especially for this non-emergency surgery that normally took three weeks of hospitalization. Dr. Shouldice resolved to do what he could to alleviate the problem. Contributing his services at no fee, he performed an innovative method of surgery on seventy of these men, hastening their induction into the army.

The delighted recruits soon made known their success stories and by the war's end, more than 200 civilians had contacted the doctor and were awaiting surgery. The scarcity of hospitals beds however, created a major problem. There was only one solution; Dr. Shouldice decided to open his own hospital.

Facts of the Hospital:

Location: The hospital was located in Toronto in the southern part of Canada and 48% of the demand was from northern U.S.

Layout: The Shouldice Hospital has two basic facilities; hospital and the clinic in one building. The rooms are design such that the patients have an opportunity to visit each other and this helped to create a service culture with the help of the people who worked for the Shouldice hospital.

Capacity Planning: Shouldice was constructed with a capacity of 36 beds. After some years passed, they improved the capacity of...