The concerned case is based on the Regional Hospital strategic decisions. The analysis of case demonstrates that the regional hospital is a 500-bed health care institution with numerous clinics established mainly in the East coast metropolitan area (Kavanagh et al 2012). The regional hospital is found to be an aggressive adopter of modern and advanced computing technologies to refine its operational efficiencies and decrease costs. The key challenges that the hospital is facing include the following:
ØHigh level of competition for employees regarding the skill sets
ØAging of the people in its primary area of health care
ØDifference in daily census due to focus on shortening hospital stays
ØUncertainty in the legislations or policies related to health care industry
ØShortage of nurses
The analysis demonstrates that 80 percent of the overall operational cost for the hospital is related to employee expenses. Thus, it is important to recognize and implement the strategies to meet the optimal number of employees and skills to the adequate shifts so that the regional hospital can achieve success in a consistent manner. Individual shift managers are found struggling with effective staff decisions, which is leading to consistent understaffing or overstaffing of departments and shifts. These problems in staffing decisionsis one of the key reasons behind the increasing costs for regional hospital. The same is also imposing the risk of escalation in the staff turnover due to patient care dissatisfaction with the inability of supervisors and managers to meet the needs of staffing to demand.
All these issues or challenges faced by the regional hospital can be resolved with the utilization of adequate HR metrics and analytics.