St. Vincent Medical Center

1081 WordsMar 6, 20165 Pages
St. Vincent Medical Center is located in the Bridgeport, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. It is a 520-bed, faith-based community teaching hospital that is a member of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic, non-profit healthcare system in the country. The organization is an integrated community health system provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. St. Vincent’s has a very strong commitment to patient safety and has several mandatory programs for employees that include: relationship-based care and high reliability. As a Magnet designated organization, the nursing professional practice model is well defined, and facilitated through shared governance councils (St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2012). The nursing leadership model is traditional with the exceptions of the (CNO) who also act as the chief operating officer (COO). There are NVP that are assigned to each service line, as well as a nurse director level. Nurse managers are assigned at the patient unit level, and there is also a clinical nurse leader on each patient unit. Since St. Vincent’s is part of a larger organization there are both local and corporate nursing priority’s and initiatives. Combine this will the rapid changes in health care the ability to lead change and effectively communicate are of the utmost importance. Due to the organization structure of the medical center, there are many layers and dotted lines of reporting responsibility. This can cause conflicts due to competing
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