EFFECTS OF ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP ON HEALTH SYSTEM MANAGEMENT IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS: A CASE STUDY OF BRISTOL PARK HOSPITAL
Kimanzi, Lydia Muthili
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The Kenyan constitution provides a legal framework for a widespread rights based approach in healthcare service delivery, it provides that every person has the right to be provided with the highest achievable standard of health that include right to reproductive health, right to reasonable sanitation standards, right to safe and clean drinking water and adequate quality food . The government health policy 2012-2030 gives guidance for the achievement of the highest standard of health through provision of equitable, quality and affordable services at attainable standard for all Kenyans with inclusion of monitoring and evaluation that aligns county and national levels objectives. The procedure gives an institutional framework that specifies the new management and institutional arrangements required under the devolved system which is aligned to Kenyan vision 2030. The aim of the study was to examine the effects of organizational leadership on health system management in private hospitals using Bristol park hospital as a case study. The study used descriptive research design. The study target population was 150 employees at Bristol park hospital. The population was divided into three strata; senior level Mangers, Middle level Managers and non-management staff. Simple random sampling technique was used to obtain sample size from the different strata. Data was collected using questionnaires. Descriptive data was analysed using frequencies and percentages and presented through tables and figures. The findings revealed that staff competence, organization resources, organizational leadership and patient illness affect health system management utilization at Bristol park hospital. Recommendations included: improvement of the management strategies at Bristol park hospital, investment in human capital to improve staff competence through training for staff development, and senior management to provide adequate resources that are required in the organization. Suggestions for further research were that another study be carried out study on the factors affecting health system management in public hospitals to validate the finding of the current study.