Week 2 Discussion: Crash Proof Retirement v. Price
Review the case: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas: Donations, Donations, Donations.
Complete and Answer the following questions:
- Complete a traditional SWOT analysis for the situation
- Who is the decision maker in this case?
- What appears to be the problem and its significance?
- Why has the issue arisen and why is the decision maker involved now?
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Task 1: Crash Proof Retirement v. Price
In accordance with the case, Tom Hassett, the group for the healthcare system in Carolina, was responsible for studying the laboratory service line for the healthcare system that led to the accumulated costs. The company was concerned about the threat of reduction in costs from vendors working based on the tight time for the healthcare and the healthcare systems. The only problem experienced was that the prices of blood were on the increase to doubled levels annually. The agency also faced a situation in which the discussions with the Red Cross as a dominant supplier of blood went nowhere.
There are also strengths that the blood center exhibited, including the collaboration with other like-minded organizations such as the independent community blood centers that helped in setting up the independent community blood centers. The significant opportunities include having a professional staff shift from the Red Cross to the community blood center. There are also weaknesses that the facility faces. For instance, the development of the community-based blood organization would now allow for blood donation across all regions. Moreover, competition can be considered one of the threats because the cost of blood was only lower in price in areas that had more competition. The feasibility of the independent blood center was vital as it helped address the cost issues since more than 60% of the population would donate blood and an increase in the donor group.
In this case, the decision-maker became the Charlotte-area hospitals that committed to working together with the community-based blood organization since it accepted to form collaboration. The hospitals took the responsibility of developing a framework that would resolve a common problem because the cost of blood was a common problem for the healthcare operations (Case 3, 2008). Hassett played a critical role in making the decisions because he contributed to the idea of coming up with a community blood center in Springfield. Moreover, the Red Cross CEO was also responsible for making decisions regarding the running of the Springfield area center.
The problem was that no forum could address the increased costs of blood and that the community-based blood organization had not been developed in the course of addressing the problem. The issue under consideration is thus the rising cost of blood and a lack of a forum that could equally address the problem.
Rising of the Issue
The issue under consideration was the rising cost of blood as a critical issue that contributed negatively to the healthcare outcomes of the community healthcare centers. There was intense competition among the healthcare facilities, there was a common need, and the blood was regarded as neutral territory. The Red Cross was considered national pricing even though Premier found out in a study that there was a variation in the blood costs across the United States (Case 3, 2008). The Charlotte-area hospitals worked towards developing the community-based organization, and this became the first-ever collaboration that could address the issue of the rise in the costs of blood. The healthcare facilities worked collaboratively in reducing the costs of blood. The decision contradicted the common notion that Red Cross had held. The cost of blood was based on the national pricing strategy, and the lowest prices would only be found in places where there was competition.
- Case3. (2008). Community Blood Center of the Carolinas: Donations, Donations, Donations. file:///C:/Users/HP/Downloads/147213_Case%20(1).pdf