What Does a Hospital Administrator Do?

What Does a Hospital Administrator Do?

What Does a Hospital Administrator Do?
What Does a Hospital Administrator Do?

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Nearly every city in the United States has a need for hospital administrators, and the outlook is only increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of hospital administrator jobs is expected to increase by 17% between now and 2024.

What they do

What exactly does a hospital administrator do? Generally speaking, the administrator is responsible for the execution of the hospital's business plan. To simplify, the hospital administrator is responsible for ensuring the hospital or other facility operates safely and effectively every day. They do this through collaboration, management, communication, quality assurance and strategic planning.

Common hospital administrator duties include:

  • Control and direct the services provided according to standard operating procedures

  • Serve as the primary point of contact and liaison for the management team and board of directors

  • Plan and manage the hospital budget, which encompasses all departments and all aspects of the business

  • Recruit, hire and manage employees reporting directly to the administrator

  • Raise funds for the facility; develop and execute capital campaigns

  • Develop policies and procedures that meet legal requirements and accurately reflect the facility's mission and vision

The most successful hospital administrators have a broad skill set. They are able to successfully manage revenue and expenses while also representing the hospital publicly and leading and inspiring their teams. These positions require a knowledge of general management and financial concepts as well as industry-specific expertise.

A bachelor's degree in healthcare administration is a great way to gain the knowledge and skills required to be successful in a hospital administrator role.

Where they work

Despite the title, hospital administrators are not confined to hospitals. Similar positions, requiring the same knowledge and experience, exist in other health-related facilities, including:

  • Nursing homes

  • Long-term care facilities

  • Assisted living facilities

  • Medical clinics

  • Short-term rehabilitation facilities

  • Post-acute care facilities

Because the employment opportunities are distributed among such a varied group of facilities, hospital administrators can find the facility that best meets their needs and interests.

How much they make

The salary for hospital administrators ranges based on a number of criteria:

  • Cost of living in the city in which they work

  • Education and experience as it applies to the role

  • Type and size of the facility

  • Level of competition and whether it's an employer's or employee's market

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average for hospital administrators is just over $102,000 annually. Seasoned hospital administrators or those with advanced degrees are likely to earn significantly more, while new administrators or those working in small towns could start at the bottom end of the pay scale.

The healthcare administration program at Central Christian College of Kansas Online is designed to prepare students for a successful career in healthcare management. To learn more, visit us today!

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