Essay about Case 3: Big Bend's Medical Center

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Overview Big Bend Medical Center is a full-service, not-for-profit, acute care hospital with 325 beds located in Big Bend, Texas. The bulk of the hospital’s facilities are devoted to inpatient care and emergency services. (Gapenski, pg. 27) The outpatient services section of the hospital is used by the Outpatient Clinic, as well as the Dialysis Center. The Outpatient Clinic, which makes up about 80 percent of the outpatient services section, has recently grown in volume and has created a need for 25 percent more space than it currently has. Moving the Dialysis Center to a new building was decide to allow expansion of the Outpatient Clinic. A change and focus on the allocation of costs has some department heads angry and claiming of…show more content…
Patients who use peritoneal dialysis change their own cleansing solutions at home, usually about six times per day. This procedure can be done manually when active or automatically by machine when sleeping. However, the patient’s overall condition, as well as the positioning of the catheter, must be monitored regularly by nurses and technicians at the Dialysis Center (Gapenski, pg. 27-28). The Outpatient Clinic currently takes up 80 percent of the space it shares with the Dialysis Center. The recent growth in volume has created a need of 25 percent more space for the Clinic. Its large size compared to the Dialysis Center and its patients frequent use of other departments in the hospital are justifications as to why it was decided to move the Dialysis Center to another building. Big Bend Medical Center currently doesn’t have adequate space to house the Dialysis Center, so it was also decided to build a new 20,000-square-foot building. This expansion and move were went to benefit both departments and help increase patient volume. The goal of increased patient volume is expected, but the directors and other department heads did not agree with the new allocation of indirect costs. In the past, facilities costs were aggregated, so all departments were charged cost based on the average embedded cost regardless of actual age of the space occupied. Since many department heads considered this

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