The Department of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health is recruiting an Associate Director of Service (ADOS) to serve as Medical Director to a new Clinical Decision Unit (CDU).This academic position will be responsible for leadership and oversight of a new protocolized 23-bed CDU designed to provide the highest quality of care and patient experience to observation-status patients. This unit will be directly adjacent to the main emergency department, staffed with emergency medicine health care providers and nurses, and serve a critical role in our hospital's patient flow and clinical excellence.
Denver Health is a large urban health care center that is proud to serve as a primary Anchor Institution to the Denver metro area, and its diverse community. Denver Health is the major academic affiliate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (based at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus), and the home institution for the best-in-class Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine. All faculty report to the Director of Service for Emergency Medicine at Denver Health, contributing to the mission of patient care, educational, research, and professional development, and have meaningful responsibilities and faculty appointments in the School of Medicine's academic Department of Emergency Medicine.
As an institution, Denver Health is a nationally recognized model for integration of a safety-net acute-care hospital, a network of community health centers, a city and county public health department (Denver Public Health), the advanced life support EMS agency for Denver County (Denver Paramedics), and regional poison (Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center) and Level 1 trauma (Ernest E Moore MD Shock Trauma Center) centers. As Colorado's primary safety-net anchor institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.
The emergency department (ED) at Denver Health includes a 44-bed adult ED with an additional 13-bed adult fast track (under construction), and a 19-bed pediatric ED and urgent care. The new 23-bed CDU is anticipated to open in June 2021. With a combined annual census of more than 100,000 patients from highly diverse culture and backgrounds, the ED at Denver Health is the second busiest in Colorado. The Ernest E Moore MD Shock Trauma Center at Denver Health is the primary trauma referral center for the Rocky Mountain Region. Additionally, the acuity managed by the adult ED is high, with a 25% admission rate. Staffing in the adult and pediatric EDs is provided by board-certified emergency physicians, PGY 1 - 4 residents, emergency medicine subspecialty fellows, and advanced practice providers. Strong and extremely collaborative relationships exist among physicians, advanced practice providers, nursing, and consultative services.
Denver Health and the Department of Emergency Medicine are profoundly committed to diversity of thought and our workforce. As medical providers, we are passionate about serving our diverse patient population and providing them with the best care.To achieve this, we are dedicating significant resources as a leadership team to incorporate cultural responsiveness, equity, and inclusion into every aspect of our work. This position will be a key member of that leadership team, and expected to take an active role in our commitment to creating an environment for patients and staff where richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are embraced. Our department is committed to finding innovative ways to meet the needs of our patients, and each other as coworkers - we strive to do so with respect, kindness, and open minds.
Thirty percent of this position's time will be protected for leadership and administrative responsibilities related to the CDU. Clinical responsibilities will include both rounding in the CDU and working in the Adult Emergency Department.
1. Collaborate with the CDU Nurse Manager ensuring optimal care and operations.
2. Monitor operational data, process improvement, and standard work of the CDU.
3. Align and collaborate with other departmental Medical Directors, Nursing Leadership, and the entire Department of Emergency Medicine to ensure optimal care and operations for all Emergency Medicine patient.
4. Provide oversight and medical direction to Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) and other health care providers staffing in the CDU.
5. Coordinate with Advanced Practice Provider (APP) leadership on career development and clinical education of APP group working in CDU.
6. Operationalize new and existing CDU programs and protocols.
7. Assist with regulatory affairs and Joint Commission compliance.
8. Address clinical/administrative issues as they arise.
9. Collaborate with Department of Medicine and surgical specialties regarding patient flow for patients being admitted from the CDU.
10. Coordinate with ancillary programs and departments (pharmacy, laboratory, medical services) to facilitate clinical care.
11. Provide representation to other clinical departments regarding consultations, admissions, diagnostic services, follow-up arrangements, and bed availability in coordination with the DOS.
12. Serve as leader and champion for the CDU within the Department of Emergency Medicine and Institution.
13. Serve as a role model for emergency medicine faculty in all mission areas.
14. Align and promote departmental and institutional strategic goals and initiatives
15. Demonstrated ability to grow revenues, meet budgets, measure and improve outcomes and take appropriate business risks to achieve goals.
16. Model and drive equity-informed behavior and practices to ensure inclusive communication and collaboration with individuals of varied educational, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds, skill levels and value systems.
17. Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1.Demonstrated leadership achievement in a busy high-performing department.
2.A strong record as a respected clinician.
3.Experience in increasing service excellence.
4.Attention and focus on maximizing cost effective care delivery and money-saving initiatives while maintaining quality.
5.Knowledge and interest in multi-disciplinary healthcare environment.
6.Skill in exercising initiative, judgment, and decision making in solving problems and meeting organizational objectives.
7.Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, organizations and the public.
8.Skill in adapting new information relative to the work assignment through educational seminars, meetings and staff meetings.
9.Skill in maintaining and organizing departmental records, reports and files.
10.Knowledge of the principles, standard practices, and techniques of pathology.
11.Knowledge of department policies, procedures, objectives, safety and infection control standards.
Computers and Technology
1.Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite required.
2.EPIC experience preferred.
Certificates, Licenses and Registration
1.Possession of a medical license to practice medicine in the State of Colorado required.
* Doctorate Degree (Required) Education and Experience 1. Doctor of Medicine from an accredited school of medicine required.2. Board Certification in discipline required.3. Academic credentials qualify DOS to be appointed to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor preferred, have a demonstrated local and national reputation of excellence in scholarship, teaching/mentoring and clinical care required.4. Eight years of practice experience required.5. Demonstrated success within their specialty required.6. Two years of leadership experience preferred.
Main Campus - Pavilion A Full time
Please apply by submitting your CV with a cover letter indicating your interest and highlighting your intended contributions to our efforts to diversify our thoughts and workforce. Submissions can be sent to:
All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.
Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver's 911 emergency medical response system, 8 family health centers, 15 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, and The Denver Health Foundation.
As Colorado's primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.
Located just south of downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.
We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).
"Denver Health is committed to provide equal treatment and equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. Denver Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class."
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About Denver Health
Take your career to the next level at Denver Health, where we offer a robust benefits package and endless opportunities for growth. Denver Health is a nationally-ranked, locally-trusted, premier healthcare institution located in the heart of Denver, Colorado.Twenty-five percent of all Denver residents, or approximately 150,000 individuals, receive their health care here. We are known as an integrated health care system that encompasses multidisciplinary academic specialties, a community health system, a level I adult trauma center, pediatric emergency and urgent care center home to Denver Public Health and many of the nation’s leaders in medicine.