Career spotlight: Health Services Manager
Brought to you by the Villanova School of Business
Earning an MBA degree can prepare you for managerial roles in an array of industries—think technology, finance, marketing and media. MBA graduates may be surprised to learn, however, that they could be qualified for a professional life in the health care industry—namely in the role of a health services manager. To learn more about this rewarding career path that you can pursue upon graduation from Villanova’s online MBA program, take a look at the comprehensive guide below:
Job description of a health services managerIt can be easy to overlook the fact that medical practices and hospitals, even those without a for-profit tax designation, are businesses and need to be run as such. Doctors and nurses will rarely have the training or time to oversee the administrative and organizational work that is key to an operation’s success. This is where health services managers step in. The core function of a health services manager is ensuring that a practice or hospital operates in a smooth and successful manner. According to the Houston Chronicle, some of the most common responsibilities associated with this role are:
- Working with physicians, surgeons, nurses and other medical staff, ensuring that guidelines and government standards are adhered to.
- Meeting with medical staff to discuss purchasing of items such as medications and medical devices.
- Organizing working schedules of all staff.
- Overseeing the hiring and training process.
- Meeting with pharmaceutical representatives and making purchasing decisions.
- Liaising with insurance providers.
- Keeping informed and up-to-date with emerging technologies in the field.
- Working with finance and ensuring that the practice remains profitable.
- Developing marketing strategies to promote the clinic or hospital.
- Producing progress reports and presenting to board members and other executive staff.