Hospital Administrator

Hospital administrators are responsible for overseeing the personal, financial and academic particulars of doctors, staff and patients in a hospital.


They have to ensure the smooth running of the hospital, which involves ensuring an adequate supply of medicines, drugs, equipment and that there is a sufficient number of competent staff. It also involves checking that adequate finance is available to remunerate doctors, surgeons, nurses, cleaning staff, technicians and technologists.

The various departments which fall under the hospital administrator, include the finance department, which has to ensure that all debtors are invoiced, that they settle their accounts by the due date and that the hospital books are kept up to date.

The work environment is indoors in an office, hospital, clinic, private practices or training hospital. The hospital administrator will make use of telephones, cell phones, computers, cheques, receipt books, personnel files, invoices, fax machines and intercom systems.


Personal Requirements

  • be emotionally well-balanced
  • be responsible and organised
  • be patient, tactful and empathetic
  • be calm and self-disciplined
  • be a good communicator
  • have excellent business skills
  • be ethical, reliable and trustworthy


Employment

  • hospitals and clinics
  • private practices
  • state departments
  • laboratories
  • tertiary institutions such as universities


Getting Started

  • speak to hospital administrators about their duties and responsibilities and ask to observe them at work
  • do a first aid course to find out if a career in the medical field is for you


Programmes

Boston City Campus and Business College does not offer a programme that leads directly to this occupation. Please take a look at the related occupations below to see whether any of these appeal to you. Alternately, please send an email to taryn@boston.co.za and a Student Advisor will call you back.


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