This position is located in the Pulmonary Medicine Department under the Medicine Clinical Directorate at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, Illinois. FHCC is larger than just a single facility, but rather a system of facilities throughout Northeastern Illinois which provide medical and dental services to U.S. Military Active Duty, Recruits, Veterans, and eligible beneficiaries. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. This position reports to the Department Head, Medicine Department. The Section Chief is responsible for maintaining all operations and direct reports within Pulmonary. The incumbent will provide direct supervision to the Pulmonary and all clinical providers within the section. The incumbent will be the point of contact for physicians and clinical staff assigned to the department. This individual will work with staff and physicians to optimize the usage of clinical systems through education and training, quality and outcomes, and providing support in accordance with organizational goals. The incumbent will work closely with hospital staff, department directors, and physicians to ensure that the highest standards of quality and services are maintained. The incumbent also serves as a liaison between customers, Information Technology staff and other departments and services. This individual will also work directly with all levels of the organization on projects, committees and teams to meet the overall needs of the Pulmonary and the facility. Topics of communication will include but will not be limited to the following: - Strategic Planning - Operational considerations - Human Resources Issues - Budget - Equipment Management Issues - Environmental Issues - Process Improvement Issues - Liaison activities with other departments and directorates as needed The incumbent will be responsible for developing the vision, mission, goals and objectives for the Pulmonary Section. The incumbent is responsible for the strategic planning and operation of the Pulmonary Section. The employee is responsible for ensuring the administrative and clinical supervision of staff in their professional role. The incumbent will have the primary responsibility for ensuring safe, effective efficient and high-quality care to the population served by the department. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that the care provided meets or exceeds VA, Department of Defense, and external standards. The incumbent provides care to outpatient patients. The incumbent uses the Computerized Patient Record System for physician order entry (prescriptions, laboratory and radiology orders, consult requests) and notes, reviews of laboratory, radiology, procedure and consultation reports and communicates abnormal results to patients. The incumbent performs admission history and physical examinations, discharge notes and summaries, advance directive, code status documentation, progress notes, Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS) evaluations, rounds, case reviews with Residents and mid-level providers, and attends discharge planning and treatment team meetings. All encounters are appropriately coded. The incumbent will support the program managers of each area as they address strategic planning to include but not limited to process development, risk management, technology innovation, best practice incorporation, evidence-based medicine considerations, business operations management, and patient benefit. The incumbent will support the program managers of each area as they address operational considerations to include but not limited to any issues that could impede or prevent the safe, efficient, and patient-centered daily operations of component programs. The incumbent will support the program managers of each area as they address human resources issues to include but not limited to staff recruitment, retention, contracting, awards, grade increases, step increases, discipline, union actions, right-sizing, and dismissal. The incumbent will support the program managers of each area as they address budget issues to include but not limited to development, adjustment, extra funds request, overtime fund management, and forecasting for new requirements. The incumbent will support the program managers of each area as they address environmental issues to include but not limited to workplace safety, integrity, operations, allocations, size changes, and evolving needs. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: 0800-1630
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