Hsa599 Assignment 1

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Cooper Green Hospital and the Community Care Plan HSA 599: Health Services Administration Capstone Abstract Cooper Green Mercy Hospital and the Community Care Plan provide a valuable service to the indigent population of Jefferson County. Blewett, Ziegenfuss, and Davern (2008) stated: The United States’ health care system has traditionally relied on safety net providers to meet the health care needs of people who do not have health insurance or who may have some coverage but still face financial barriers to getting the health care they need. A patchwork of local providers and services has developed over time to fill these gaps in health insurance coverage. (p. 460) This assignment will discuss six problems related to providing health care to an indigent population and five ways that the Community Care Plan will improve the community’s health status. There will also be a discussion regarding the five factors that point towards a need for change by Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. Lastly, this assignment will discuss five strengths and five weaknesses associated with Cooper Green Mercy Hospital and the Community Care Plan, respectively. Introduction Cooper Green Mercy Hospital (CGMH), originally named Mercy Hospital, was built in 1972 using Alabama State and Hill-Burton funding. CGMH, located in Birmingham, Al, was established to serve the indigent population of Jefferson County who were uninsured and could not afford to pay for medical care. “Cooper Green Hospital is committed to serve Jefferson County residents with quality health care regardless of ability to pay” (Swayne, Duncan, & Ginter, 2009, p. 697). CGMH eventually expanded, starting in 1995, by building four satellite outpatient clinics, which served the indigent population through use of the Community Care Plan. The Community Care Plan (CCP) was initiated by Cooper Green Mercy
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