Director, Respiratory Therapy
Directly manages and oversees the work of managers, supervisors, leads and staff, with 24-hour responsibility for the full operations of the respiratory staff at the main SJMC site and Heights location.
Provides day-to-day management of employee’s performance and related matters, equipment, testing methodologies, test results, and reports. Regularly reviews and revises, as necessary policies, procedures, and guidelines. Ensures compliance with hospital and regulatory agency standards. Oversees the development and maintenance of Quality Control, equipment maintenance programs, Quality Improvement and safety. Develops, secures approval of, and administers the capital and operating budgets. Coordinates Respiratory Care with other hospital departments and hospital medical functions. Orients and oversees the training of respiratory staff. Interviews, hires, disciplines, counsels, schedules, and evaluates the performance of employees with appropriate documentation.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Consistently supports the Mission, Vision, and Values of St. Joseph Medical Center
2. Follows the St. Joseph Medical Center’s Guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), designed to prevent or detect unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI).
3. Promotes a culture of safety for patients and employees through proper identification, proper reporting, documentation and prevention of medical errors in a non-punitive environment.
4. Acts as technical Supervisor, and monitors therapy and blood gas testing to ensure that acceptable levels of performances are maintained through performance of Linearity and Correlations as required by manufacture and regulatory agencies. Oversees and ensures that necessary remedial actions are taken whenever systems deviate from the established performance specifications.
5. Establishes and maintains an acceptable IQCP program. Takes or recommends corrective action as necessary. Maintains and documents a preventive maintenance program to ensure that the equipment is in good working order.
6. Develops and oversees the training of all personnel. In so doing, identifies training needs and ensures each personnel has adequate instruction. Evaluates competency of all testing personnel and assures that competency is maintained. Resolves technical and administrative problems, such as scheduling/staffing issues. Responsible for interviewing, hiring, counseling, disciplining, discharging staff and evaluating the performance of employees with appropriate documentation, for the assigned section.
7. Evaluates, monitors, and optimizes department performance to ensure compliance with regulatory and accrediting agency standards.
8. Oversees development of departmental in-service training programs to ensure that staff remain knowledgeable and competent of current techniques, procedures, equipment and quality control.
9. Develops monitors, revises procedures over assigned departments, to improve services or identify deficiencies and provides direction for correction.
10. Reviews and approves recommendations for department equipment/supplies modifications and purchases. Recommends and secures approval of major capital expense items.
11. Responsible for respiratory inventory maintenance in the department. Evaluates and performs cost analysis of any recommendation for changes to supply items or equipment for the department.
12. Develop the capitol, operating and expense budget recommendations, along with justification for budget projections.
13. Maintains cooperative working relationships with a variety of hospital personnel and physicians,
in order to resolve problems and to enhance delivery of services.
14. Maintain knowledge current trends and developments in the field.
15. Supportive of the compliance program set forth by STEWARD and demonstrated by:
- Upholds the Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance.
- Adheres to dealing appropriately and fairly with employee misconduct.
- Enforces all compliance policies as they pertain to his/her area.
- Provides and assures timely compliance education as requested by the Regional Safety & Compliance Officer and/or through corporate initiatives.
16. Sets an example to all staff in their daily activities.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Minimum of five years of Respiratory Care experience with some management responsibilities, and one year in critical care in order to effectively lead and direct the Respiratory Care activities of subordinate professional and support staff.
- Current Certificate of Authorization to practice Respiratory Care issued by The State of Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Registration by the National Board for Respiratory Care as a Registered Respiratory Therapist required.
- ACLS and BLS certification.
EDUCATION & TRAINING:
- Knowledge of complex professional, technical and administrative Respiratory Care procedures and processes as normally acquired through a minimum of five years of Respiratory Care experience with some management responsibilities, and one year in critical care in order to effectively lead and direct the Respiratory Care activities of subordinate professional and support staff.
- Technical skills and specialized knowledge in Respiratory Care/Pulmonary Function as typically acquired through completion of AMA approved, specialized training program is Respiratory Care.
- Basic level skills in standard managerial techniques necessary in order to effectively evaluate budgeting reports.
- Familiarity with Respiratory Care procedures, equipment and computer systems is necessary in order to supervise personnel, equipment, testing methodologies, and to perform Respiratory Care procedures.
- Good written and verbal skills.
- Analytical skills in order to effectively problem solve, and to input and/or assist in the preparation and monitoring of budgets.