Ronald G. Spaeth's Ethical Issues In Healthcare

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Abstract In recent years, healthcare leaders and medical experts have expressed concerns about tough challenges ahead for healthcare and its leaders. While most agree that the issue warrants attention, consensuses divide around how to respond to the problem. The purpose of this paper is to summarize, explore and analyze Dr. Kyle Glazier’s article on Ronald G. Spaeth’s philosophies on healthcare, and examine Spaeth’s authority on business and healthcare through his education and works. His business theories in management branch from a human relations approach which accounts for much of his success in healthcare to express his methods. He states that healthcare institutions have shifted more like running a business and those young healthcare…show more content…
Spaeth career path has given him different views on issues in healthcare and therefore giving him a broad understanding of healthcare business. One of the biggest challenges today, he states is the changing structure of health care and a declining work. The declining workforce is seeing stress on the worker as the skilled and educated employee doesn’t want to work more than eight hours or on the week-ends in a 7- days- a- week, 24- hours- a- day hospital setting. Another major issue is that hospitals are becoming more specialized where top dollar reimbursement can be achieved which leaves a gap in the traditional services. Lastly, the issues of senior leaders not spend enough time mentoring younger leaders (Grazier, 2005). He states that an important part of his career came from his association with mentors and he truly learned and grew because of them. The solutions proposed by Spaeth emphasize on the importance of hiring individual sentering healthcare having sufficient financial insight so they are not learning finances on the job and can concentrate mainly in relations with people. He accentuates that leaders are individuals who are born as leaders because their personality allows them to relate well with others and encourage others to get the job done. But, then states leadership qualities can be taught as well. .Another vital factor he brings up in the article is the relationship between administrator and physician, the significance of respecting, empathizing…show more content…
Spaeth has great advice for young leaders in healthcare. His philosophies and theories on leadership seem reasonable and logical. I really enjoyed when he pointes out the importance to respect and work with the physicians in order to improve the institutions goal as a team. The idea of senior leaders mentoring younger leaders is exceptional and ideal. The notion of hiring people with a strong financial background is effective and very practical in healthcare. Time seems to be an issue today in healthcare, therefore having to learn finances on the job seems counterproductive. The greatest lesson taken form this article is the fact that I have never really thought of healthcare as a business until recently and the significance to think like a business person is an effective way of thinking in order to lead a team and develop a strategic plan that allows both administrator and physician to work together for a common

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