Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


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Industrial Engineering

First Advisor's Name

Martha A. Centeno

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Joe Chow

Third Advisor's Name

Khokiat Kengskool

Date of Defense



Increased pressure to control costs and increased competition has prompted health care managers to look for tools to effectively operate their institutions. This research sought a framework for the development of a Simulation-Based Decision Support System (SB-DSS) to evaluate operating policies. A prototype of this SB-DSS was developed. It incorporates a simulation model that uses real or simulated data. ER decisions have been categorized and, for each one, an implementation plan has been devised. Several issues of integrating heterogeneous tools have been addressed. The prototype revealed that simulation can truly be used in this environment in a timely fashion because the simulation model has been complemented with a series of decision-making routines. These routines use a hierarchical approach to organize the various scenarios under which the model may run and to partially reconfigure the ARENA model at run time. Hence, the SB-DSS tailors its responses to each node in the hierarchy.




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