Gloria J. Bazzoli, Ph.D.

Bon Secours Professor of Health Administration
Department of Health Administration
Virginia Commonwealth University
Email: gbazzoli@vcu.edu Discipline: Economics Expertise: Organization of Care

Investigator Award
Implementing and Sustaining Change in Health Care Organizations
Award Year: 1999 Conducting an interdisciplinary, broad-based examination of organizational change, the investigators place special emphasis on understanding why some organizations implement and sustain fundamental changes while others do not. A conceptual framework is developed to explain the causes and consequences of organizational restructuring, synthesizing a substantial body of recent research. Health managers and researchers who have implemented restructuring efforts are convened to provide insight into the environmental and organizational factors essential to fundamental and sustained change. Select organizations that have implemented restructuring efforts with demonstrable improvements in performance will be studied intensively. The project results in new models and thought about causes and consequences of organizational change in the health care industry. It also contributes to debate on the ability of organizational restructuring in the private sector to achieve public policy goals of improved health care delivery and efficiency.

Background

Gloria J. Bazzoli is the Bon Secours Professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. She conducts economic research on US hospital operations and the functioning of hospital markets. Dr. Bazzoli has been a lead investigator in several research projects, including studies of financial pressures affecting the hospital safety net and the effects of hospital mergers and closures on markets. She is also examining issues of changing US hospital capacity and its implications for consumers and health markets through her work with the Center for Studying Health System Change. Most recently, she was the principal investigator for a multi-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in which her research team examined organizational and financial influences on multi-dimensional aspects of hospital quality of care. She has published widely in numerous journals including the Journal of Health Economics, JAMA, Health Services Research, Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, and Medical Care. Dr. Bazzoli received her M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and her B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana.