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Discussion 8 Peer Response

Discussion 8 Peer Response

 How Would You Array the Following Organizations in Terms of the Depth and Breadth of Their Product Lines:

Peer 1 Response

(A) A Solo-Practice Family Practitioner Who Does Not Deliver Babies

Solo-practice family practitioners structure their functioning by offering various services that cater to the needs of patients and their families. The operational structure can include immunizations, well-child visits, sports physicals, community-based interventions, and social health determinants. Family practitioners would likely also offer various payment options to make healthcare services more affordable and accessible to families.

(b) A Multispecialty Group Practice That Provides Primary Care at Five Satellite Locations

The multispecialty group would provide different operations and responsibilities at five satellite locations. The stations would be staffed with primary care physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, and support staff. The group practice would offer a wide range of services, including preventive, primary, specialty, emergency, and hospital care (Zwiep et al., 2021). Specialty care is a type of health care that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of complex medical conditions. Specialists are trained and experienced in a specific area of medicine, such as cardiology or oncology.

(c) An Academic Medical Center

            There are a few different ways an academic medical center could be structured, such as having a medical school, hospitals, and clinics housed under one roof. The organizational structure would allow for accessible communication and collaboration between the different entities (Cardinaal et al., 2021). Further, one can structure an academic medical institution by separating the medical school and hospital facilities but have close ties. The approach would allow for more flexibility and independence but could isolate important information.

(d) Ice Hospital in Toronto, Which Specialized in Short-Stay Surgery for Hernia Repair

            The Ice Hospital would be structured as a short-stay surgical facility specializing in hernia repair that would have a team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses who would work together to provide care for patients. The hospital would also have a pharmacy and laboratory on-site to support the surgical team. Anesthesiologists work with patients to ensure they are safe and comfortable during surgery. They also work with surgeons and other medical staff, including nurses, to ensure that the surgery is performed safely and effectively.

Peer 2 Response

 Breadth of product lines is a way to offer different products or services within an organization. The depth of a product line is how many products that are offered under a specific product line. For a solo-practice family practitioner, the breadth is very small due to there being only one practice and they do not offer birth delivery which a growing family may want. However, their depth could be great by offering pediatric needs onsite, prescriptions available onsite, and family counseling services.

            The breadth of a multi-specialty group practice that provides primary care at five satellite locations would have great breadth by extending their services to five locations that is needed for many health needs for their patients. Being that they are a multi-specialty group, which are “teams of professionals who specialize in different areas” (Epic Care, 2021), they have more of a product line to offer for their patients. Their depth would also be great due to offering many services under different specialty groups in multiple locations.

            An academic medical center would have a small amount of breadth due to this organization being a school teaching students about different specialties rather than offering those services onsite. The academic medical center would not have much depth due to it being a school not offering “product items within each product line” (Berkowitz, 2017), but teaching students to operate multiple medical procedures to be done in the future.

            Shouldice Hospital in Toronto specializing in short-stay surgery for hernia repairs would have a small product line, but a broad product line which means that their products are minimal, but widely available to the patients needing them giving them a good amount of breadth for the hospital. This hospital has a good amount of depth by offering products and services for their patients. Being that Shouldice Hospital is a small institute, they will have minimal number of beds for their patients but offer a variety of surgical procedures for those needing hernia repairs. According to Shouldice Hospital (n.d.), their procedures are done by using natural tissues without the use of mesh which expediates recovery adding to the depth and breadth of the hospital by alleviating extensive hospital stays and freeing up space more quickly to bring in more patients.