UnityPoint Health Technical Laboratory Lead chemistry in Rock Island, Illinois

UnityPoint Health is accepting applications for Full Time Days, Chemistry Technical Lead for Rock Island Illinois. When you choose to join UnityPoint Health, you'll receive the opportunity to grow your health care career and be part of an atmosphere that values teamwork - no matter the setting. If you would like to be a part of a team that centers around patient care and team communication consider working for us.

Description of Position:

The Chemistry Technical Lead assists the Laboratory Managers in process improvement of the pre-analytic, analytic and post analytic processes of Chemistry testing. Specifically, the Technical Lead assures those processes related to specimen handling/retention; quality control, testing, and result reporting- with respect to chemistry are in compliance with CAP and all accrediting standards. The Chemistry Technical Lead shall work at the Laboratory Managers’ direction to fulfill strategic and performance improvement initiatives. Promoting the philosophy and achieving the objectives established by the hospital Board of Directors and the Management team is foremost among these responsibilities along with solving practical and strategic problems, resolving conflict and constructively leading change.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Key Accountability

  • Leads by example, allowing staff to use problem-solving skills in technical and work relationships. Foster independent and innovative thinking

  • Chemistry Lead is responsible to assure that the quality controls has been reviewed daily and all issues has been addressed

  • Assures competence of staff through monitoring a defined competency testing and documentation program.

  • Manages day-to-day activities, including measurement of the department/unit's effectiveness.

  • Ensures work processes meet the needs for privacy (HIPAA) and accuracy.

  • Holds employees accountable to high performance standards and expectations. .

  • Reviews procedures and policies as relating to activities for staff, encouraging participation and allow opportunity for staff to write and update procedures.

  • Investigates and follows up on incidents that concern quality activities. Incorporate learning to improve training and procedures.

  • Upholds measurable goals for quality assurance/performance improvement in alignment with organizational strategies.

  • Assists with adjusting staff schedules when necessary to meet the immediate needs of the department and laboratory.

  • Responsible for ensuring department's daily/weekly/monthly functions are completed and documented as appropriate.

  • As appropriate with technical leadership and education coordinator, leads the review, revision and evaluation of training requirements for staff assuring these requirements meet the needs of new employees and is consistent with the needs of the organization.

  • Ensures all assigned employees are trained in equipment use, instrument troubleshooting, specimen testing, and interpretation/evaluation of results including routine and critical value reporting.

  • Facilitate training of employees in appropriate patient conduct, phone etiquette and interaction with all support staff.

  • Develop personnel and provide training for their own replacement.

Key Accountability

  • The rapid changes in technology require the incumbent to evaluate new equipment with the expertise of technical leadership. The cost justification of new technology and the marketing of the new services to physicians.

  • This position must remain knowledgeable of new instrumentation, software programs, within point-of-care processes, which may provide improved services to referring physicians and improved quality of care to patients.

  • Recommendations on enhanced and/or new services especially requiring additional personnel and capital equipment acquisition are documented and forwarded to the Laboratory Managers and Director of Laboratory Services.

  • Assumes an active role in physician relations.

  • Assumes a role in physician relations for Lab services.

  • Responds to physician and nursing concerns and insure that all services are provided in a timely manner and meet the patient's needs.

  • Works with medical directors of all campuses and their staff to improve services and to develop new business.

  • Develops long term objectives and strategies and then implements plans within the department to accomplish these goals.

  • The incumbent will give presentations as needed.

Basic UPH Performance Criteria

  • Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

  • Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

  • Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

  • Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

  • Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

  • Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.

Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Education: MLT, MT, MLS (ASCP) certified or eligible, Bachelor’s Degree in a Chemical, Physical, Biological or Clinical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology from an accredited institution. Chemistry Technical Lead: “Within the laboratory’s organizational structure, the actual position titles may be different.”CAP General Supervisor – Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science or medical technology from an accredited institution with at least two years of training and/or experience in non-waived testing. Training and experience must be in the designated specialty or sub-specialty area of service for which the individual is responsible. Individuals meeting the Bachelor’s degrees qualifications and general supervisor experience may assess the competency of high (if applicable) and moderate testing. (See Medical Director Signature MediaLab, INC®) The duty is with this job description.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of Clinical Laboratory or Anatomic Pathology Experience with Leadership responsibilities.CLIA Personnel Guidelines – General Supervisor. MLS (ASCP), MT (AMT) or CLS (NCA) certified, with a minimum of two years of clinical laboratory experience, is strongly preferred. CLA or MLT (ASCP) certification or equivalent education and experience, with two years of clinical laboratory experience, would be considered.

  • CLIA 493.1461 The laboratory must have one or more general supervisors who, under the direction of the laboratory director and supervision of the technical supervisor, provides day- to-day supervision of testing personnel and reporting of test results. In the absence of the director and technical supervisor, the general supervisor must be responsible for the proper performance of all laboratory procedures and reporting of test results.

  • CAP

License(s)/Certification(s): Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: UPH Values, Assessment/Planning, Budget Management, Business Planning, Clinical Excellence, Customer Services, Departmental Support, Employee Development, Management, Performance Improvement, Project Coordination or Management, Quality Improvement, Relationship Building, Strategic Planning, System Administration, Technical Support, Employee Evaluations, Laboratory Analytics or Analysis, Billing Functions, Client/Customer, Education, Financial Analysis, Financial Management, Inventory/Supply Coordination, Program Management, Quality of Care

Requisition ID: 2018-42733

Street: 2701 17th St

Name: 6020 UnityPoint Health QC Trinity

Name: Laboratory- RI

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: 1st

External Company URL: http://www.unitypoint.org