Hospitals and other health care facilities that provide 24-hour diagnostic and treatment services for people who have acute, life-threatening injuries or severe illnesses.
Programs that make lifesaving techniques and equipment available to patients with acutely life-threatening illnesses or injuries who require continuous observation and, in many cases, intensive therapeutic intervention by trained medical staff. Intensive care is provided in special units or distinct parts of health care facilities that are designed for this purpose.
Organizations whose members are inpatient health care facilities that have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests and improving the quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care services through a program of advocacy, education, research, information and leadership. Hospital associations promote activities that improve community health status; promote coordination and collaboration among members; seek to influence provincial and national health care policy through active lobbying at provincial and federal levels; promote public understanding of health care issues; provide opportunities for ongoing professional development of staff through conferences and journals; prepare members for changes in health care financing and help members become effective advocates for their institutions and profession.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.