provides staff and systems for specific, short-term consulting
engagements. These are services that address a specific, time-limited
need for the client, such as a feasibility or demand study
for a new hospital, strategic planning, board development,
or a hospital operations assessment.
Hospital Operations Assessment: Ministries of health
and individual hospitals have found THI’s operation
assessments to be extremely valuable. Typically, a THI team
visits every hospital department and carefully reviews general
operations. A report is then prepared that contains the team’s
observations and an action plan with recommendations. If desired,
THI is available to assist in the implementation of the action
Financial Services: Assistance in financial planning
and management of hospitals, clinics and primary and public
healthcare services is available. This assistance includes:
productivity management, cost containment planning, alternative
financing, budget programming, internal control improvement,
redistribution/reallocation of resources, privatization of
health services and computerization.
Facility Planning and Architectural Services: In collaboration
with Trinity Design, the Trinity Health architectural subsidiary,
and other specialized personnel, THI can provide a wide range
of services to design new healthcare facilities or remodel
existing facilities. Careful attention is given to climatic
conditions, availability and reliability of utility services,
social and cultural uniqueness, local maintenance issues,
and the level of services provided.
Primary Health Services: THI professional staff can
conduct studies and develop action plans to help governments
balance support for curative and primary healthcare services,
including health education and public health measures.
Privatization of Healthcare Services: THI provides
counsel to governments on privatization of hospitals and hospital
services. As part of this service, THI assesses the feasibility
of privatization and then prepares action plans outlining
the necessary steps to privatize services.
Managed Care: Through Trinity Health Plans and other
Trinity Health subsidiaries, assistance is provided in the
development of alternative means for financing health services,
including health maintenance organizations (HMO), managed
care programs and national health insurance.
Information Systems: Just as hospitals vary in size
and sophistication of services offered, so must the use of
computers vary from hospital to hospital. In many hospitals
in developing nations, a microcomputer and several basic software
packages provide the best answer for record keeping, data
review and planning purposes. THI staff can assist hospitals
in reviewing their potential for use of microcomputers in
various departments and provide on-site training. When more
sophisticated applications are called for in large hospitals
or facilities in developed nations, THI works in concert with
Trinity Health information systems personnel with expertise
specifically in hospital computer services.
"They have taken a very pragmatic approach
and are very mindful of local issues. They don't come in
as foreign experts who know it all and then proceed to impose
their vision. Rather, they come to share their knowledge
and provide an expert independent view."
- John Moore, Board Chairman
Mt. Alvernia Hospital, Bendigo, Australia