TODAY'S HOSPITAL by Raymond P. Sloan

TODAY'S HOSPITAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For Trustees, Administrators and Volunteers,"" one would suggest that this is primarily for community members who are going to donate their services to the local hospital at the executive level. One assumes that most ""administrators,"" unless they are totally inexperienced, would not need this kind of orientation. Professor Sloane surveys the types of hospitals; the scope of services performed; and the new concepts which must prevail to ""avoid the threat of government domination... (which) essential."" These involve community and area wide planning, the control of rising costs and the elimination of overlapping services. He also discusses various other responsibilities: the evaluation of medical men; staff rules and bylaws; the recruitment of volunteers; the need for public relations; etc. He defends Blue Cross and questions the overburdening of extant facilities by Medicare. In other words, the book is as much limited by the thinking of the status quo as the realization of many of the almost impossible problems ahead. And one of the real difficulties hospitals face today, the nursing shortage, is skimpily treated. But then this is chiefly a survey for the community civic servant.

Pub Date: April 13th, 1966
Publisher: Harper & Row