According to Williams, McWilliams, & Lawrence, 2017, p. 34, a system is described as a set parts that operate as a whole or elements which are interrelated. The authors further argue that instead of viewing a single part of an organization as a distinct part of the others, managers are encouraged through the system approach to confound their thoughts by searching for the relationship between various parts of the entire organization (Williams, McWilliams, & Lawrence, 2017). Based on the system approach, organizational systems within the management consist of subsystems or parts that form the smaller system of a bigger system.
As an organizational system, the Royal Children’s Hospital is a health care that has inputs which are obtained from its internal and external environment so as to process the output. At the RCH, the inputs from external environment includes highly trained, passionate and committed human resources, materials for pediatric care, technical equipment that provide various services in the hospital and supplies from external sources, consumables and drugs from producers and manufactures, and finance to aid various activities within the hospital from the private sector (RCH, 2019). According to van den, Schalk, and Torenvlied, (2017), the process of transformation is characterized by altering the process and structure of the internal components of an organization. The process of transformation at the Royal Children Hospital involves the formal and informal interactions as well as the conversions that occur through clinical services, health promotion, tertiary care, and programs for prevention among young people and children. The hospital is the main specialist pediatric hospital among children in Victoria as well as children from southern New South Wales, Tasmania along with other states across Australia and out of the country (RCH, 2019). Within the process of transformation, the RCH is also a major center for trauma for pediatrics across the state of Victoria as well as a center for liver and cardiac transplantation. The hospital also provides training and research services as process of the entire system. The output or the final product at the RCH involves state of well-being in physical, social, mental, and spiritual life of the children and young people as well as their ability to lead a life in a way that is compatible with attaining the individual and social goals (van den, Schalk, and Torenvlied, 2017).
Therefore, as a system, the Royal Children’s Hospital is system that involves the coordination of activities offered by different categories of staff within the hospital using different equipment and skills to provide well-being to young people and children. As a set of interrelated systems with the external environment, the current RCH is operated under the model of State Government in Victoria through the Public Private Partnership (RCH, 2019). The public sector provides the key clinical services, research, staffing, training and teaching, while the private sector in the facility provides the finance, maintenance, design and construction of new buildings at the hospital. Thus, the Royal Children hospital has an internal and external environment that influences its delivery of health care services.
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