The “Non-Profit” Hospital Balance

Posted on May 2, 2014 I Written By

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In the comments of my post about the EHR Workforce Shortage, I got the following comment:

The greatest problem is that I face is that the highest level of management takes the line “we are non-profit, we can’t spend money freely…” when I ask for software or an additional programmer.

For anyone that’s worked at a non-profit healthcare organization it’s a really odd situation. It’s often like the “non-profit” card is played whenever they need an excuse to not spend money. There’s just an odd dance that we continue to play in healthcare when it comes to non-profits.

I’m reminded of Michael J. Fox on Letterman the other night who said “I’m working really hard to ensure that I put my foundation out of business.” I don’t see the same thing happening in non-profit hospitals. Most are acting much more like for profit entities that want to maximize revenue than non-profit organizations that want to solve a problem. When was the last time you heard a hospital say “I can’t wait until we can close the wing of our hospital and see less patients”?

What other impacts have you seen from non-profit versus for profit hospitals? Has your Health IT budget been skimped because you’re working at a non-profit?