Essay about C200 Task 1

4510 Words Jan 31st, 2015 19 Pages
As learned through the textbook and other references for this course the management theories and practices utilized within an organization can help or hinder the success of said organization. Through this paper I will review the strengths and weaknesses of American Healthcare Corporation’s (AHC) IT&S Southern Division as well as critique their primary leader.
AHC’s IT&S Southern Division
AHC is a large for-profit national healthcare provider network owning and managing over 150 hospitals, 40 surgery centers and hundreds of physician practices across the continental United States. AHC’s primary goal is to provide industry-leading healthcare in the most efficient and cost effective manner with the highest level of patient outcomes and
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IT&S also fosters the standardization of systems and applications across the division. The goal of this standardization is to simplify the methodology for troubleshooting, allow easier cross training and lower the “cost of ownership” for systems. It also reduces the man-hours needed to implement systems, investigate problems and conduct routine maintenance due to many other facilities already going through the process.

IT&S Southern Division Leadership Practices

With the responsibilities placed on the IT&S Southern Division it obviously requires strong decisive leadership to manage the personnel and its services. The Chief Information Officer leads the IT&S Southern Division. As most leaders of large organizations, the CIO uses various styles and practices to manage the IT&S team. Although the CIO uses several styles of leadership she leans heavily toward the Interactive Style. Per Roserer (1995), the Interactive style means that the leader favors a consensual and collaborative process, and influence derives from relationships rather than position power or formal authority. The CIO for IT&S Southern Division does just that as her foundation of strength comes from her ability to create and nurture deep relationships with those around her. As a woman, her style lines up with studies that show women are more likely to excel in some of the key abilities that

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