The reason for your visit may well be the only thing on your mind when you go to a clinic or hospital. And if the managers at these places are doing their job right, that’s all you’ll need to think about.
Medical and health services managers work to make sure that the people who come through their doors receive the best possible care. But like other management professionals, they must also keep an eye on costs. At a time when health care in the United States is undergoing dramatic changes and health care costs continue to rise, this career presents important challenges.
Medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the delivery of health care in doctors' offices, hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities. Responsibilities range from managing employees to budgeting to purchasing equipment.
Managers often have special training in the services their departments provide. For example, the director of a physical therapy department may be a licensed physical therapist.
A confident, diplomatic decision maker and an excellent communicator. Your role will be supervisory, but you’ll also need to take direction from higher authorities. In either case, tact and flexibility will make your job easier.
Medical and health services managers may oversee millions of dollars’ worth of facilities and equipment and hundreds of employees.