The title of the book “Hospital: Man, Women, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids.” is a perfect explanation for what the book has to offer and covers. The book is written from the point of view of author Julie Salamon as embarked on a year-long journey to Maimonides Hospital, located in Borough Park, New York City, which is arguably the most diverse location in the city. In her book, she wanted to highlight some of the over looked aspects of a hospital, which includes what happens behind the scenes, and the variables the impact the decisions hospital administrators make.
During her time at Maimonides she meets and encounters over 70 different administrators, doctors, and patients. In doing so, she is able to provide a holistic view into how health care is a business and money drive industry, what goes on behind the scenes in a hospital, and how the combination of profit driven motives and administrative politics impacts the service and quality of care a given hospital provides for its patients. Ms. Salamon also talks about hospitals are only paid by the amount of patients they discharge and how it results in lower quality are at times. Another main point of the book is overcrowding at hospitals and how this impact the delays of the treatment of patients who are in dire need of medical care. Additionally, Ms. Salamon goes into great detail on the high level of diversity doctors have to deal with on a daily basis at Maimonides and the unique accommodations of having to staff over 50 interpreters in order to communicate with and suit the needs of the 80,000+ patients they treat each year. Lastly, Ms. Salamon touches upon the inter tensions and politics that take place among doctors and hospital administrators. She highlights how at times each respective party is not on the same page as one another and how, along with each parties distinctive motives, impacts the hospital and even patient care in a negative way.
Each chapter of the book tells a different story of the lives of the numerous hospital administrators, doctors, as well as patients she met. Ms. Salamon, writers about the personal lives of administrators, their past work experience, and how they came about to working at Maimonides. Author Julie Salamon strategically selects each personal story of her characters in order to show how their personal experiences shaped the way the conduct themselves in their given positions at the hospital.
I personally found this book to be informational. Author Julie Salamon did a great job pointing out how hospitals are profit driven organizations that are paid by the amount of patients they discharge. The problem Ms. Salamon brings to light with this is that this causes hospitals to prematurely discharge patients because they know they will be back and thus can admit them again, treat them, discharge them, and charge them again for the health services they provided them. This double dipping is a...