A Political History: The Decline and Closing of Highland Park General Hospital (HPGH)
Bledsoe, Kathy L.
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Because of the social and political input of the community into the affairs of the hospital, many problems arise. The community hospital soon becomes a "'cover-up' for hypocrites and exploiters" within the community, as well as outside of the community, a "source of power" for prominent community leaders, activists, politicians and the upper level hospital employees, and an "object of political conflict" for those over-zealous, ambitious politicians involved in hospital affairs. It is the development of the aforementioned situations, and their continued existence that can, and in many cases do, lead to the malfunction, decline and in some cases, closing of a hospital. These situations can sometimes serve as "catalysts", creating additional problems for hospitals, already delicately balanced, through their mere existence. Such seems to be the case with my chosen topic of inquiry, the Highland Park General Hospital (hereafter HPGH), located in the city of Highland Park, Michigan. Through the research and analysis of the problems that existed at this hospital (and their causes), I shall attempt to determine whether these assumptions are valid.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.