Open Heart Surgery at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital

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CASE

The Case for Open Heart Surgery at Cabarrus
Memorial Hospital

Situation
It was a clear, crisp October morning in Concord, North Carolina. The board of trustees of Cabarrus Memorial Hospital gathered in the windowless, walnut paneled boardroom for its monthly meet- ing (see Exhibit 19/1 for board members). Board chairman George Batte opened the meeting saying, “Because we do not have an open heart surgery program, patients needing open heart surgery or coronary angioplasty have to be transferred to another hospi- tal, causing inconvenience to the patient’s families and risks from delayed treatment. There are several questions we have to answer in addressing this issue. Should we add open heart surgery to the mix of cardiac services we offer? Does the hospital’s existing service area provide adequate patient volumes to support the program? What

This case was written by Fred H. Campbell, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Darise D. Caldwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Northeast Medical Center. It is intended as a basis for classroom discussion rather than to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of an administrative situation. Used with permission from Fred Campbell.

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Exhibit 19/1: CMH Board of Trustees

Mr. George A. Batte, Jr., Chairman (Retired Manufacturing Executive) Mr. L. D. Coltrane, III, Vice Chairman (Telephone Company President) Mr. Robert L. Wall (President, Cabarrus Memorial Hospital)
Mr. Dan Gray, Secretary (Executive Director, Charitable Foundation) Mr. Durwood Bost, CPA (Retired Manufacturing Executive)
Mr. S. W. Colerider, Jr. (Retired Manufacturing Executive)
Mr. Gene Verble (Merchant and Retired Major League Baseball Player) Mrs. Margaret C. West (Civic Leader)

role should the Duke University Medical Center play in the proposed program?…...

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