The Integration Of Health Systems

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Integration of Health Systems
Marquetta Wiggins
Walden University

We first have to define what horizontal integration is? “According to Shi and Singh (2015) is a growth strategy in which a healthcare extends its delivery core product or service”. The way horizontal integration is obtained by is internal development, acquisition or merger. Organization can be linked horizontally closely, through ownership or alliances. Horizontal integration mainly focuses on controlling the distribution of certain type of health services in an area. Some examples of the focus are multihospital chains, nursing facilities chains or chains of drug stores all under the same name and management. Diversification of new products or services is not reaching within horizontal integration Shi & Singh (2015).
An example of horizontal integration is the Carolina’s Health Care Systems. This was founded in 1940. It is the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organization. They provide a full variety of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. They have more than 900 care locations that include academic medical center, hospital healthcare pavilion, and physician’s practices. It has 60,000 full-time and part-time employees with more than 7,460 licensed bed and an annual budget that exceeds $7.7 billion. The premier facilities include Levine Center Institutes and Levine Children’s Hospital and Sanger Heart and Vascular Institutes. Carolina’s
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