Hospital care coordinators are considered to be valuable managers for health care planning. The coordinator is a central figure who takes charge of making the plan for treating patients throughout all follow-up outpatient care including rehabilitation, with attention to preventive care. The hospital care coordinator's pay is typically earned by saving the facility money in the treatment of patients.
Hospital care coordinators must possess management skills and be knowledgeable in health care administration. The hospital coordinator is required to hold a master's, or doctoral degree, usually in health care administration. These managers also study business administration, health sciences, public administration, and long-term care administration. A bachelor's degree may be acceptable for hospital coordinating assistant jobs and some entry level positions or coordinator positions at smaller facilities. Managers with more education earn a higher health care coordinator's salary.
The managing health care coordinator at a hospital often works closely with patients to determine the individual patients needs and determine the necessary course of treatment. The coordinator also works with the physicians to manage operations for personnel, patient traffic, billing, equipment and other details for patient care. Hospital care coordinators are also responsible for assigning tasks to the assistants in specific areas such as nursing, record keeping, therapy, surgery and providing health information to patients.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the median health care coordinator's salary at $80,240 in 2008 with the middle 50 percent of managers employed earning between $62,170 and $104,120 that year. Wages were lower for managers at private physicians offices and specialty care centers. Health care facilities reported that median salaries for coordinators were based on the number of physicians on staff. Hospitals employing more than 26 doctors paid coordinators over $119,000 for the increased responsibility.
Hospital benefits generally include every type of insurance coverage and financial incentive available. Health insurance covers hospitalization, doctor's office visits and prescriptions. Vision, dental, long and short-term disability and accidental coverage is also available. Time off with pay accumulates days for illness or other emergency needs. Vacation time is also paid for annually with allowed days increasing over time of service. Retirement benefits commonly include corporate contributions to employee accounts and annuity funds.