Defining hospital clusters and associated service communities in metropolitan areas.

  title={Defining hospital clusters and associated service communities in metropolitan areas.},
  author={J. W. Thomas and J. Richard Griffith and Paul W. Durance},
  journal={Socio-economic planning sciences},
  volume={15 2},
According to traditional concepts of hospital governance, each institution is considered responsible for the care of a defined community. Evaluation of hospital performance and effective service planning both require that hospitals’ service communities be identified. However, in metropolitan regions it is difficult to associate a geographic population with any one hospital because of the wide choice of facilities available to area residents. The service community concept becomes more meaningful… CONTINUE READING


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