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Hospital management
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This chapter examines the operational structure of hospitals, including jurisdictional oversight, management, and operations of these organizations. While the ecclesiastical powers continually attempted to maintain a supervisory or proprietary role over the hospitals, the lay or semi-lay leaders who were attached to each individual institution had a great deal of power over day-to-day issues. Properties controlled by hospitals were not insignificant, and control over these assets would have been a major interest of the church leaders, the city and the communities. In addition to the major responsibility of caring for poor and ill patients and community members, hospital administrators also managed the resources and income accumulated by the hospital. In addition to the canons, confraternities, consortia, and other lay and semi-religious groups also took part in the administration of hospitals.

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