Roles & responsibilities for a hospital administrator

Updated July 20, 2017

Hospital administrators work in hospitals, clinics, and drug abuse treatment facilities. A Master's degree in health services administration is required for most positions in this field, but some can enter into it with only a bachelor's degree. Hospital administrators can make up to £56,576 a year.

There are many duties of a hospital administrator, but regardless, they are just as vital to patient's lives as regular doctors or nurses are.


The main responsibility of hospital administrators is to supervise and oversee the daily operations of the hospital facility or the department(s) for which they are in charge. They must be sure that the facility in which they work is operating in a adequate and efficient manner to provide the best care possible to patients.


It's a large responsibility of hospital administrators to hold good communication skills. Because they act as the main communicator between medical staff, medical governing boards, and the heads of other medical departments, communication is vital to the success of all involved, so all department within a facility can function together.

They must also be sure to follow all policies and guidelines that are set by the medical board of trustees, and they must be sure that the medical staff they are in charge of supervising follows these policies as well.

Hiring & Budgets

Hospital administrators hire new employees and can also be responsible for training new nurses doctors, and assistant administrators. They must be sure that all new employees know and follow the rules and regulations of the facility, and that they are ding the best job possible in providing excellent care.

Sometimes, hospital administrators are in charge of planning budgets for departments, and setting the rates of various medical services.


Hospital administrators that work in research hospitals may be responsible for helping to develop cutting edge programs for scientific research.

They may also evaluate doctors and nurses, create new policies for the hospital or department, and may also develop procedures for medical services.

Lastly, hospital administrators must attend regular staff meetings and participate in fundraising and other community health activities or events.

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Based in Hardwick, Vt., Blake Ryan has been writing for eight years. She began as the editor in chief for her school newspaper, where she wrote reviews and how-to articles, and edited other's works. She enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and informational pieces. Blake attended Peoples Academy High School in Morrisville, Vt. and is currently a student at the Community College of Vermont.