Accession Number : ADA420788


Title :   A Commander's Guide for Conducting Integration Operations in the San Antonio Military Health System


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 1998-Jul 1999


Corporate Author : ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION


Personal Author(s) : Bewley, Lee W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a420788.pdf


Report Date : Feb 1999


Pagination or Media Count : 34


Abstract : Commanders preparing for integration operations in the San Antonio Military Health System (SA-MHS) should be cognizant of three important considerations: the majority of all mergers, acquisitions, collaborations, and consolidations fail to achieve pre-integration goals; the military is not well-trained in conducting these type of operations; and the track record for collaborations and consolidations in the SA-MHS is not good. Despite these daunting caveats, conducting successful integration operations is not mission impossible. A dedicated, well-educated staff, a relatively secure beneficiary population, and currently, significant protection from competitors provide considerable organizational strengths that can be employed to overcome the numerous obstacles for successful integration operations. The most prevalent factor in Integration Operations that has yielded less-than-optimum operational efficiencies is the failure of organizations to create and implement an effective integration plan. Organizations that are able to clearly articulate achievable goals, develop a comprehensive plan to conduct integrations, and flexibly execute both current operations and integration operations generally achieve success. This study was undertaken in order to produce a commander's guide that may enhance the propensity for success in the event of any future integration operations in the SA-MHS.


Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL , *HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT , FAILURE , INTEGRATION , MILITARY MEDICINE , DATA ACQUISITION , COLLABORATIVE TECHNIQUES


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE