Manage Your Healthcare Facility Like a Pro

November 1, 2012


Being a successful healthcare facility manager requires more than just an abundance of leadership skills. Successful healthcare facility managers are responsible for a plethora of duties that help facilitate the success of a healthcare facility. These responsibilities, which include plant operations, construction, energy procurement, clinical engineering, safety management, environmental services and real estate management, are essential to effective management.

As facility managers, you must understand that you do not work alone. You must lead the way for your team. In order to do that, you must first build a professional relationship with your staff.  It is important for managers to respect their staff and the work that they do. To do this, managers should provide their staff with the necessary tools and support so that they can do their job adequately and efficiently.

In addition, communication is key, especially when working with your staff. Managers should effectively communicate their ideas without using vocabulary or jargon that their staff may not understand.

Financial responsibilities are an important aspect of a facility manager’s job. An effective manager must understand the financial aspects and vocabulary associated with the healthcare facilities management business. One of the main responsibilities of a manager is to establish the budgets. This includes operating, energy and capital budgets and expenses. Managers should know and understand the ins and outs of their facility, such as its age, size and energy efficiency, in order to develop and tailor their operating budget accordingly.

Understanding how a building itself operates is just as important understanding how to run the facility. The goal is not to become an expert in heating, air conditioning or lighting, but to have a general working knowledge of the way these systems work to effectively run a facility. This knowledge will assist you in creating an operations budget for your facility. Once you know and understand the ins and outs of your facility, such as its age, size and energy efficiency, you develop and tailor your operating budget accordingly. In addition, the general knowledge of these operations can help determine whether these operations need repair or maintenance.

Being up to date on the latest codes and regulations is essential to maintaining a successful healthcare facility. Managers should not only be knowledgeable of the codes themselves, but also of the way the codes are structured. This will help managers easily locate what they need and how to apply a specific code requirement.

Managers should not be afraid of going above and beyond the call of duty to maintain a successfully operating healthcare facility. They should be proactive, be positively critical and be patient. Above all else, managers should demonstrate honesty, integrity and a passion for successfully running a healthcare facility.

For more information on managing a healthcare facility, contact Vanguard Resources.