Organizational Structure and Culture

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Organizational structure can be defined as the establishment of authority and responsibilities between different positions in the company. It can be either horizontal or vertical. Organization structure also facilitates transparency in the organization (Luthans, 1998). My organization is Saint Joseph’s Hospital, which is a leading magnet facility here in Atlanta Georgia. Saint Joseph's was the first hospital in the Southeast to perform open heart surgery, the first to develop a cardiac cath lab and the first to perform balloon angioplasty. The hospital was also the first to open a pace maker clinic and the first in Georgia to implant an artificial heart. Saint Joseph's is also regarded as one of Georgia's early pioneers in vascular surgery. Saint Joseph's is a true innovator and attracts some of the nation's finest physicians, nurses and medical support personnel http://www.stjosephsatlanta.org. Patient ratings of Saint Joseph's nurses are among the highest reported year after year. Therefore, organizational structure and culture is of utmost importance to our leadership.

Executives, directors, managers and supervisors have the responsibility to promote a culture that supports compassion, honesty, respect, responsibility, integrity, teamwork and stewardship among employees and physicians. This requires the promotion of open communication; zero tolerance of fraud, abuse and waste; encouragement of educational and training sessions; and cooperation with requests for information on a timely basis. Each member of the management team is accountable for setting an example that supports the hospital’s culture and structure. Our facility is structured using a team-based type of structure to create an environment of ownership among the stakeholders. This structure supports our organization's plan because it relies strongly upon collaboration, shared goals, common assessments, and other aspects of cooperation to achieve its various plans and missions. It is also a...
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