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CORPORATE CULTURE: How do you merge hospitals?

I’ve had this article sitting in my “interesting articles” pile since last summer.  Although it is not hot off the presses, the subject is timeless.  It is a review of the overarching importance of getting corporate culture right in the picking of merger partners in the first place and then in putting together a successful consolidated organization.  The article is laced with actual examples of hospital mergers and expert opinion.  It covers the importance of communication with employees, considerations in creating the new governing board, and how to determine what is negotiable and what is a deal breaker in merger talks.  There are two sidebars:

  • A cultural compatibility exercise
  • 7 questions to consider in assessing merger partners

Full text of this article is available at no charge.

Source: Stempniak, M. (2014, July). The art of blending cultures. H&HN. Hospitals & Health Networks. 88(7), 48-52. Retrieved from http://www.hhnmag.com/display/HHN-news-article.dhtml?dcrPath=/templatedata/HF_Common/NewsArhttp://www.hhnmag.com/display/HHN-news-article.dhtml?dcrPath=/templatedata/HF_Common/NewsArticle/data/HHN/Magazine/2014/Jul/fea-hospital-mergers-blending-culturesticle/data/HHN/Magazine/2014/Jul/fea-hospital-mergers-blending-cultures Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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