Here are some examples. They get worse than this, but here are the ones that are most confusing to me.
"Over the last few years, we have been working with the Operations Department to reduce patient wait time and improve customer service."
Should operations and departmant be capitalized? Or should both be lower case or only department be lower case?
The same questions can be raised about the Human Resources department. Should HR really be capitalized?
They insist on capitalizing Domestic Violence, Patient/Staff Falls in the following sentence stating that they are topics.
"The PI Board Subcommittee selected Domestic Violence and Patient/Staff Falls as 2005 safety priorities."
Domestic violence and patient falls are just items were are investigating. These are not topics! They are just items.
"The Lab Transition Team embarked on a new discovery."
Does team need to be capitalized? Is it allowable?
"This undertaking involves providers, lab, MIS and Health Information Departments."
Is it allowable for departments to be capitalized?
"The Lab Director, MIS Director, and Health Information Manager will colaborate."
First none of these words are followed by a name, which from what i understand is the rule for capitalization. But should health information manager be lower cased too?
This is an interesting one.
"The Medication Ad Hoc Committee, which consisted of representatives from Dental, Management, Pharmacy, Nursing, and PI, met several times."
Ok, can there be a Medication Ad Hoc Committee as a formal name? Isn't it better stated ad hoc Medications Committee? How can you have Ad Hoc in the formal name of a committee that lasted only a few weeks? It is just a regular committee that was formed on the spot--nothing special.
Then there is the question of personnel from dental, management, pharmacy, and nursing departments
Your question about capitalization is quite a common occurrence in today’s
office memos and correspondence. I don’t claim to be an expert but this is what
I know from observation. It's my rule of thumb, when referring to something
non-specific, capitalization is not required. However, when I am referring
to something specific, I ‘d capitalize it. “HR” in my opinion needs to be
capitalized. If you are talking about a specific department, like “Finance”
or “Information Technology” and “Plant Maintenance” etc…
Title, proper names and beginning of a sentence also require capitalization.
Perhaps other experts in the subject can comment on it or correct any information
I may have incorrectly presented here.
Always have 2 cents in my pocket to spare…J
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"Department for Operations" raises another element of capitalisation which I'll only elaborate on if necessary; it's really annoying, basically.
Capitalization rules are many and fussy. I'd recommend you pick up an English handbook at a used book store for a couple of bucks if you want to know the rules quickly.
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