Optimizing hospital bed capacity at the department of hematology, by Jeroen den Hollander (with UMCN)
June 8, 2013
This is a final master thesis project on bed capacity at a nursing ward. The research was conducted at the department of hematology at the University Medical Center Nijmegen (UMCN), St. Radboud in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. UMCN is one of the leading academic hospitals in the Netherlands for patient care, education and research. This report provides an operational research on determining the bed capacity. The main goal of the thesis is to research allocation rules and determining the number of beds to optimize the bed capacity of the hematology department. The research was conducted by adopting operations management techniques to optimize the healthcare process. Furthermore, research was done to quantify the number of isolation and non-isolation beds at the hematology ward in conformity with a redesign of the current situation and a growth scenario.