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Observation Medicine - Medical Director

Western Maryland Health System

Location: Cumberland, MD

ED Volume: 51,000

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Western Maryland Health System

12500 Willowbrook Rd.
Cumberland, MD 21502

Job Functions:

  • To oversee day-to-day management of the unit
  • Responsible for peer review, quality assurance, provider staffing
  • Patient complaints and management of patient protocols
  • To provide leadership in the operations of the unit

Requirements

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Family Practice Medicine or Emergency Medicine
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience caring for hospital based patients
  • Previous administrative experience desirable
  • Maintain active State license
  • Maintain active and up to date ACLS

Clinical and Administrative Job Description

  • Physician will be required to work a minimum of eight (8), four (4) hour clinical shifts per month or 32 clinical hours. The monthly clinical shift minimum is subject to increase at USACS’s sole discretion, as USACS establishes additional Observation Units.
  • Physician’s combined clinical and administrative hours in observation will be a minimum of 60 hours per month (40% of overall employee time) as outlined in the USACS Regional Job Description.
  • Physician will be subject to Group’s shift equity plan in the development and deployment of the clinical schedule, on par with other clinical physicians.
  • Clinical and Administrative hours will be defined by contract with organization. Clinical hours required will be performed in the Observation unit as defined by contract.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Monthly leadership meetings with the Nurse Manager of the Observation unit and the Provider Personnel of the Observation Unit
  • Lead monthly staff meetings for the Observation Unit
  • Lead quarterly Operations meetings for the Observation unit
  • On-Call - responsible for Physician Supervision and call into the unit daily.
  • Coverage for vacation and unanticipated absences will be provided by the Regional Director of Observation Services.
  • Monthly on-site communication with the Department Head reporting to and provide unit updates.
  • Communicate monthly with Hospital Administration.
  • Meets Monthly with Regional Director of Observation Services
  • Member of USACS Observation-Sub-Committee meets monthly
  • Member of USACS coding/billing Meeting meets monthly 

Quality Assurance

  • Provides quarterly quality assurance report to the Regional Director of Observation Services.
  • Maintains improvement plans for any area not meeting expected benchmarks
  • Investigates any quality referrals from the hospital quality committee

COMPREHENSIVE BENEFIT PACKAGE:

Hospital Information

  • Western Maryland Regional Medical Center is the flagship facility of Western Maryland Health System 
  • The facilities offer a comprehensive range of general and specialty services for medical, surgical, pediatric, geriatric and obstetric patients
  • Sophisticated diagnostic testing services and state-of-the-art procedures are available
  • Procedures including Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization, Angioplasty and Open Heart Surgery are available on site

Emergency Department

  • The ED boasts a rapid medical evaluation unit to improve time to definitive treatment for moderate acute patients
  • 48 beds
  • 16 Fast Track beds
  • 30 hours of physician coverage
  • 40 hours of APP coverage
  • Meditech EMR system
  • Hospitalist Program
  • 10% Pediatric visits

Observation Unit

  • A 20-bed Observation Unit exclusively for emergency medicine patients, with care provided by a separate and unique professional
  • Approximately 3,800 patients/year
  • Average patient length of stay <20 hours
  • National observation program support and oversight

Community

Tourists, tech companies, and a vibrant business community have made Cumberland a regional center, while the city’s picturesque neighborhoods, excellent public and private schools, restaurants, theaters, and many other attractions make it an ideal location to live, work, and play. Within an easy drive of Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, Cumberland, while connected, is filled with families who’d rather go skiing, white water rafting, rock climbing, fishing, golfing, hiking, camping, or exploring in the beautiful mountains where they live.

Cumberland has a mix of public and private schools whose mission is to provide safe, happy places where kids can concentrate on learning. The schools host a number of academic competitions and athletic programs. In addition, four area colleges and universities are just a short drive from Cumberland.

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