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Quality Assurance in Health Care in small pediatric satellite clinic

The pediatric community care center has decided to expand its operation by opening a small pediatric satellite clinic in your community or a specific area of your city. You have been selected as administrator for the new facility. As part of your duties, you have been asked to assemble a new multidisciplinary team of health care and administrative workers to staff the new facility and be responsible for providing a variety of pediatric services to children primarily residing in your community and possible adjacent areas.

Your boss has emphasized that the new team might need to be multicultural in case a diverse population exists within your community or the specific area of your city that you selected. In addition, your boss has cautioned that managing and leading multidisciplinary teams can be difficult. Although your boss has encouraged you to take advantage of current technology solutions to help manage the new facility and patients, she has been careful to point out that the new facility must be profitable.

Using demographical and epidemiological data available about your community, city, or state, and reflecting on what you have been taught throughout the course, prepare an essay in APA format that addresses the following:

Identify some of the challenges that you will face in opening the new facility in your specific community, such as assembling and managing the required staff; providing the required services and resources; building rapport in the new community; ensuring profitability of the clinic; acquiring and taking advantage of new technology to manage medical records; ensuring quality assurance; and complying with regulatory agencies to protect the health, safety, confidentiality, and rights of the patients.

Explain how you will address each of the challenges that you identified and any other related issues.
Discuss some of the specific skills and knowledge that you will utilize in opening the facility and managing the staff.

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Opening a new Satellite Pediatric Facility in Maui, Hawaii


Opening a new medical practice and ensuring its success is often affected by a number of factors such as the location of the clinic, the demographics and epidemiological data in that area and the need of services in the region. Other factors such as the availability of qualified staff and how diverse a workforce is supposed to be also play a major role in the success of any medical practice that is to be opened in a new location. This paper uses demographic and epidemiological data from Maui to analyze the challenges of opening a new satellite pediatric facility in Maui Hawaii and how these challenges can be resolved.

Maui County profile

Maui is a county in the island of Hawaii with a total population of 154,834 with persons under the age of 18 comprising 22% of the population. The area has diverse races with persons reporting more than two races comprising 23.5%. The percentage of people with degrees is 25%. There are quite a number of medical centers that offer children medical services, but generally the area has limited pediatric clinics (US Census Bureau, 2011). The epidemiological data shows that the first pediatric dental clinic providing dental care for children was opened this year with many of individuals in the island having to travel to Honolulu for medical services (Loomis, 2011). The household median income in the area is $69,900 (Maui, 2007). Given these demographic and epidemiological data a number of challenges can be faced when opening the new satellite pediatric clinic.

Challenges of opening a new satellite pediatric clinic in Maui

There are various challenges that will be faced when opening up a new clinic in Maui. In assembling and managing the required staff and providing required services, the new clinic will be faced with the challenge of finding qualified pediatricians within the island as the population's people are mainly farmers. About 25% of the population have bachelors degree but those with pediatrician qualifications are few (US Census Bureau, 2011). ...

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Quality assurance in health care in small pediatric satellite clinics are examined.