LABORATORY MANAGER

Job Locations US-AK-Wrangell
Job ID
2021-5578
Category
LABORATORY
Type
Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE) -A1

About Us:

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

 

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

Job Overview:

Responsible for ensuring operational alignment and goal congruence of all aspects of laboratory services for Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center (MEMC) Hospital Services. The performance of this department has a direct and significant impact on the health care delivered by MEMC and on individual patients. Works with the CLIA license holders to ensure compliance with all regulatory and accreditation standards and abides by CLIA guidelines as mandated in regulation and defers medical decision making to Laboratory Medical Director, physician license holder, or clinical consultant.   Performs in a professional manner, respects confidentiality, and demonstrates qualities endorsed by following the seven Standards for Service Excellence outlined in the SEARHC Human Resources Manual.

Responsible for management of the MEMC clinical laboratory, including supervision of personnel, budget administration, quality assurance and management, supply procurement and contract negotiation, selection and purchase of equipment, all administrative laboratory functions, and compliance with all regulatory agencies.  Performs administrative duties for the Harvest LIS system and co-administrator of the Copia LIS system. Also performs laboratory testing at all levels in the clinical laboratory.

 

Responsible for ensuring operational alignment and goal congruence of all aspects of laboratory services across the organization and cost quantity and quality of services is directly related to the incumbent’s performance. Works with the CLIA license holders and administration to ensure quality laboratory services and regulatory compliance. Judgment affects the outcome of direct patient care processes and includes not only the employees working in the department, but all of the facilities employees and their ability to function effectively.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for administration of the laboratory department, including policy and planning, identification of needs related to budget, space, manpower, delivery of services, coordination of program with other hospital departments and the CLIA license holders. Works within regulations to plan improvements in Laboratory Services and evaluates the overall performance of the department. Administrative responsibility for overall quality of services rendered by the department, Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement program, and laboratory services usage evaluation program in conjunction with the laboratory staff and the CLIA license holders.
  • Coordinates recruitment, retention, and other personnel actions. Develops and maintains a career development program for laboratory personnel; identifies training needs and arranges for and/or personally conducts in-service training. Manages and schedules assigned staff. Implements established goals and priorities, and assigns tasks and projects. Counsels, trains and coaches assigned staff. Implements corrective actions and conducts performance evaluations.
  • Controls utilization of department resources. Administratively directs the delivery of laboratory services and takes direction from the Laboratory Medical Director for all medical decisions. Coordinates services throughout the Consortium and works with CLIA license holders to ensure quality for POC and PPMP.
  • Serves as laboratory department representative in all extra-departmental administrative contacts. Provides consultation to medical staff on laboratory related issues or refers questions to the Laboratory Medical Director as appropriate under CLIA regulations. This requires tact, good judgment and persuasiveness. Provides consultation to Corporate and Hospital Administration and other corporate services in matters concerning laboratory.
  • Consultant to other personnel on various aspects of laboratory management & testing within scope of practice and according to CLIA guidelines. Interprets policies & directive, prepares guidelines governing laboratory operations, and prepares & revises procedural manuals in collaboration with the Laboratory Medical Director and according to CLIA regulations. Consults and coordinates with local hospitals.  Represents the laboratory in divisional and organization-wide planning committees.
  • Performs specimen collection and lab testing in all areas of the clinical laboratory. Routinely reviews patient reports to assure accuracy.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Education

Must have earned a bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical, or biological science or medical technology from an accredited institution.

 

Experience

  • Five years of work experience in a clinical laboratory setting and two additional years of supervisory experience in a clinical laboratory setting.

 

Certifications

  • Must have certification from American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists as a Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist.

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • A comprehensive knowledge of Clinical Laboratory Science and the ability to communicate well with medical, hospital, and laboratory staff.
  • Knowledge of current laboratory clinical processes and medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, hospital, and regulatory committee rules and regulations.
  • Experience in financial management.
  • Understands CPT coding for all departments.
  • Good personnel and quality management skills.
  • Working familiarity with LIS systems.
  • Skill in effectively managing and leading staff, and delegating tasks and authority.
  • Skill in analyzing and interpreting policy and procedure.
  • Skill in operating laboratory equipment with proven competency.
  • Ability to work with independently.
  • Ability to triage/prioritize organizational goals, multiple tasks, projects, and demands.
  • Ability to follow through on directives established by the Laboratory Medical Director.

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