166923 Public Hospitals, Past, Present, and Future

Monday, November 5, 2007: 4:30 PM

Dennis Paul Andrulis, PhD, MPH , Director, Center for Health Equality Associate Dean of Research, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
Dennis Andrulis, Professor at Drexel University, will provide an overview of the declining status of public hospitals in the largest urban areas in the United States. The specifics of this presentation will include the trends in public hospitals and other hospitals in the 100 largest cities and suburbs - in the context of the changing safety net role. It will compare and contrast the differences in the composition of urban and suburban safety nets, and will focus in particular on the capacity and utilization patterns in each, using measures of poverty to differentiate these metropolitan areas. The presentation will conclude by identifying the different challenges faced by urban and suburban safety net hospitals.

Learning Objectives:
Identify the different challenges for safety net hospitals in located in cities and suburbs Describe the declining status and changing role of public and safety net hospitals in large U.S. urban areas. Consider implications for future actions to maintain and improve the safety net in metropolitan America.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No
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