Shouldice Case Assignment

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Case Assignment #2 – Shouldice Hospital – A Cut Above 1. The Hospital is currently utilizing its beds moderately well, with room for improvement. They operate at maximum capacity three days out of the week and at 66% capacity two days out of the week. Saturday and Sunday are areas of concern, however, as they only utilize 33% of their available capacity on those days 2. As illustrated below, adding an additional day of operations (Saturday) would allow for the hospital to operate at maximum capacity for one additional day, and the hospital would never drop below 66% capacity. The hospital does have enough capacity to operate this way, and it would allow them to operate on 30 more patients per week. Check-In | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Monday | 30 | 30 | 30 | | | | | Tuesday | | 30 | 30 | 30 | | | | Wednesday | | | 30 | 30 | 30 | | | Thursday | | | | 30 | 30 | 30 | | Friday | | | | | 30 | 30 | 30 | Saturday | | | | | | | | Sunday | 30 | 30 | | | | | 30 | TOTAL | 60 | 90 | 90 | 90 | 90 | 60 | 60 | 3. When only considering the number of beds available, and not altering the operating schedule, the hospital could perform 225 operations a week by increasing bed capacity by 50% (per the table below.) This is significantly more than the 180 operations realized by adding Saturday to the operating schedule. Also, performing more operations a day would better utilize the operating staff. The hospital has 12 full-time surgeons, who perform 4 surgeries a day, thus allowing room for 48 operations per day from the operating staff. The five operating rooms are open for the first operation at 7:30 AM, and close presumably at 4:00 PM with the conclusion of the surgeons’ working day. Each operation takes one hour, including preparation. Therefore, the number of operating rooms and hours

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