Hospitals in the United States have always been intimately engaged with their communities. From Benjamin Franklin starting Pennsylvania Hospital to shipbuilder Jean Louis leaving his fortune to create Charity Hospital in New Orleans to Mother Joseph establishing hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest, leaders have known that hospitals are essential to the well-being of the community.1
—Connie J. Evashwick and Eileen L. Barsi
Hospitals and their inpatient-related services have had a significantly changing role during the long history of their existence as part of the U.S. healthcare delivery system. As the provision of inpatient healthcare services has evolved in the United States, due to technological advances and the corporatization of healthcare, inpatient ...