Just as a doctor has to know every corner of the human anatomy, administrators have to know their hospitals inside and out. They must know enough about medical care to hire and evaluate the physicians, nurses, and other experts that work in their facilities. They must know how to balance the books and divvy up resources. And they must have a politician's charisma as they represent the hospital in the media, at fund-raising events, and around the community.
Most hospital administrators earn a graduate degree from a school of public health. They often work long hours, too; many hospitals are open around the clock, and administrators never know when a crisis might strike.
Smooth sailing is critical for a medical facility. After all, lives depend on it. So administrators such as Paul DellaRocco play a critical role in every hospital.