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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)




Diane Dusick


Inefficiencies in leadership and limited leadership strategies in hospitals contribute to delayed hospital discharges and an increased financial burden on a hospital. Three administrators from 2 hospitals who are part of a hospital conglomerate in Chicago, Illinois were selected for interview in this qualitative multiple case study to explore how hospital discharge strategies reduce delayed hospital discharges and improve profitability. Contingency was the primary theoretical theory for this study. The purposive sampling consisted of the selections of individual who were knowledgeable and had experience to organize, manage, and implement processes in an organization. Data collection occurred using face-to-face semistructured interviews, direct observation, and a review of discharge documents. Data analysis took place using the modified van Kaam method. Two emergent themes were identified relating to strategies for efficient communications and facilitating effective leadership. Implications for positive social change include the potential to improve health services within the community where access to health care is limited or the need exists for additional hospital beds. Positive leadership strategies in hospitals tend to contribute to the success and wellbeing of employees, patients, communities, and the economy.