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Position Details

Department: PCMG-MAIN | Pathology Faculty
Category: Director/Management
Location: Phoenix
Posting #: 647981
Date Posted: 2/16/2022
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

The Director of Core Chemistry and Point of Care is responsible for overall quality, regulatory compliance, and operations in these areas. The Director of Core Chemistry and Point of Care works collaboratively with the Chemistry section supervisor and Point of Care supervisor to hire and manage an experienced technical staff, and provides continuing education and policy revisions to maintain best practice. The Director is responsible for development of new methods and procedures, and ongoing performance of clinical tests in accordance with all CLIA and CAP regulations. The Director also provides clinical and technical consultation to the laboratory staff and medical staff pertaining to interpretation of chemistry tests within the seciton. This individual will also perform CLIA Laboratory Director responsibilities for one or more clinical laboratories at Main Campus and/or Network of Care, as assigned by Division Chief and hospital executive leadership, and in accordance with CMS guidelines and federal law. The Laboratory Director is accountable for overall operation and administration of the laboratory, with focus on quality, regulatory compliance, and technical operations.

PCH Values

  • Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member of the care team
  • Excellence in clinical care, service and communication
  • Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals
  • Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future
  • Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way.

Position Duties

  1. Operations
    • Responsible for the overall operation of the clinical chemistry laboratory and point of care services in collaboration with the Laboratory Director and operations management team. Works with the clinical lab manager and section supervisor to hire and manage an experienced technical staff.
  2. Test Method Implementation, Verification and Performance
    • Selects, validates, and implements new methods and procedures in core chemistry and point of care. Ensures verification procedures are adequate to determine the accuracy, precision, and other performance characteristics of the method. Ensures that testing systems developed in the laboratory perform with high quality for all aspects of test performance, including pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases of testing. Ensures that personnel are performing methods as required to provide accurate and reliable results. Participates in new instrumentation acquisition decisions. Reviews all chemistry and point of care policies and procedures.
  3. Quality Assurance and Improvement
    • Responsible for the implementation and oversight of proficiency testing, quality control and quality improvement programs. Identifies failures in quality as they occur. Ensures necessary remedial actions are taken and documented whenever significant deviations from the laboratory`s established performance standards are identified. Works with section supervisor to ensure that all testing personnel receive the appropriate training for the type and complexity of testing provided and demonstrate competency to perform all testing operations reliably. Establishes operations standards for cost control, waste reduction, and safety.
  4. Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance
    • Responsible for ensuring that lab meets or exceeds all accreditation requirements including CLIA, CAP, and Joint Commission. Ensures appropriate enrollment in proficiency testing activities required by regulations and accrediting organizations. Ensures regulatory compliance with federal standards and state laws. Responsible for CLIA licensure of assigned laboratories.
  5. Clinical and Technical Consultation
    • Responsible for the professional interpretation of clinical chemistry testing, as needed. Provides consultation to laboratory staff and medical staff pertaining to clinical chemistry testing. Provides consultation regarding appropriate test utilization. Consults with testing personnel and department customers to resolve technical and clinical problems, acting as resource for laboratory staff and medical staff. Establishes lines of communication with customers to ensure timely response to new clinical service trends affecting program planning. Assures that test reports contain all necessary information for accurate interpretation. Serves on hospital or system committees as a liaison for the laboratory. Serves as a resource for clinicians by assisting in test selection and test interpretation relevant to scope of leadership. Works collaboratively with Director of Special Chemistry to support high-complexity test interpretation, as needed.
  6. System Integration
    • Interacts closely with physicians and other clinical providers to evaluate novel technologies and provide technical expertise on existing platforms. Ensures appropriate use of chemistry testing and advocates for best practice in specimen collection to optimize diagnostic yield. Works closely with laboratory information system analysts and hospital IT leadership to optimize laboratory informatics, including specimen barcoding and tracking, test ordering, auto-verify functions, test reporting, test utilization, and data analytics.
  7. Strategic Planning
    • Works collaboratively with the Division Chief, CLIA Laboratory Directors, and management team to develop strategic goals pertaining to operations, quality improvement, and growth opportunities in clinical chemistry and point of care. Advises leadership of developing trends and clinical service needs. Identifies growth and outreach opportunities through at least annual evaluation of send-out testing volumes. Works with laboratory management to develop operations and capital budgets to ensure appropriate business investments and fiscal responsibility. Seeks to optimize operational efficiency through use of automation and information technology tool
  8. Professional Development
    • Continues personal and professional development to enhance job-related competency, including participation in national meetings, committees, and other opportunities for continuing education. Develops regional or national recognition for expertise in clinical chemistry through leadership and/or scholarly contributions. Manages time and resources effectively. Collaborates with researchers to develop and implement projects pertaining to clinical chemistry testing. Identifies area of expertise resulting in publications, lectures, and other scholarly activity.
  9. Education
    • Provides in-service training and other educational programs for trainees, laboratory staff and medical staff, including lectures and direct supervision for rotators in the Clinical Chemistry section, as well as participation in multidisciplinary team meetings, departmental conferences, grand rounds, or similar activities.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Clinical Pathologist (MD or DO), Doctoral-level Scientist (PhD), or equivalent qualified to hold laboratory licensure per CLIA regulations and CAP accreditation. Required
2. Fellowship training and board-certification in subspecialty of Clinical Chemistry. Preferred
3. MBA, MHA, or other degree or certification that enhances laboratory leadership skills Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Experience in method development and performance verification of clinical chemistry testing systems and platforms, including moderate and high complexity testing, as well as laboratory developed testing. Required
2. Leadership skills acquired through at least 3 years of director-level experience Required
3. Established scientist or pathologist with minimum of 5 years experience in clinical chemistry laboratory Preferred
4. Experience in Lean/Six Sigma Preferred
5. Experience and interest in pre-analytics and laboratory informatics Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Board certification in Clinical Pathology or other doctoral-level scientific discipline of the clinical laboratory Required
2. Board certification in Clinical Chemistry by the American Board of Pathology, American Board of Clinical Chemistry, or equivalent certifying organization Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
Special Skills
1. Strong communication skills and good customer service skills, both written and verbal, internally and externally to the department. Required
2. Leadership skills to effectively run operations, financial, and personnel management. Required
3. Effective decision-making, problem-solving, organizational and performance improvement skills. Change management and conflict resolution skills. Required
4. Knowledge of CLIA, CAP, CMS, and Joint Commission regulations and standards. Current knowledge of state-of-the art methods in clinical chemistry and point of care. Required
5. Training in laboratory informatics. Training in laboratory quality improvement and Lean/Six Sigma. Preferred
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Climbing Occasionally
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) Occasionally
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) Frequently
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing Constantly
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling Frequently
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching Frequently
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting Frequently
8. Physical Requirement - Standing Frequently
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling Occasionally
10. Physical Requirement - Talking Frequently
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling Occasionally
12. Physical Requirement - Walking Occasionally
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision Occasionally
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision Occasionally
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination Occasionally
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment Frequently
17. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment Applicable
18. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Confined areas Applicable
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals Applicable
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