Decision Making Based on Mission and Vision of an Organization
Read the case study and write a three- to- five page paper (excluding title and reference pages). In your paper, you must:
1. Describe the Community Medical Center?s mission or vision statement that will guide the president in his decision about the case of an operating room nurse who may have HIV/AIDS.
2. Describe the president?s decision and how that decision will be communicated to the physicians, employees, the board, and the public.
The president of Community Medical Center was having a meeting with the chief of surgery concerning an operating room nurse who many thought had HIV/AIDS. The majority of surgeons in the surgical department had become quite concerned and requested the operating room nurse be removed from his duties in this department. The chief of surgery firmly stated that if the nurse was not removed from the operating room, then a significant number of surgeons (approximately 50) would admit all of their patients to the Community Medical Center?s local rival hospital across the city. Such activities would not only affect the operating room, but also the emergency room, surgical inpatient floors, surgical ICU, and clinical departments such as radiology, clinical laboratory, respiratory, rehabilitation, pharmacy, etc. The possible effects could be millions of dollars in lost revenue and the immediate layoff of hundreds of employees.
When Community Medical Center approached the nurse involved about relocating to a non-patient area with the same pay, shift, and working hours, he refused to accept the offer. In addition, he had contacted a labor attorney specializing in the healthcare industry and mentioned that the attorney had advised that they would file federal litigation in accordance to violation of several federal laws.
Because of an internal leak, the president of Community Medical Center was contacted by the editor and publisher of the main local newspaper about this event. It was most unusual for the editor and publisher to discuss a story instead of sending a reporter but they indicated that this story was too important and could have national media exposure. They gave the president 24 hours to provide a news release. Such media attention would most likely not only have instant concern of patients and families who were presently scheduled for surgery but also long-term damage of the institution?s strong reputation for quality of medical care.
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