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Intermountain Healthcare Medical Director - Inpatient Behavior Health in St George, Utah

Job Description:

Effective physician leadership is needed for the hospitalists to help build a healthy One Intermountain culture, engage physicians, and work with the service line and geographic leadership teams. This position champions provider growth and development, innovation, and continuous improvement and is accountable for the successes of the One Intermountain. The incumbent promotes excellence in the fundamentals of extraordinary care by engaging physicians, APP's, and teams across Intermountain Healthcare.

Physician Leaders are an essential component within Intermountain Healthcare to help deliver exceptional care for our patients. The Executive Leadership Team provides oversight for the Behavioral Health Clinical Program (BHCP) which, in turn, helps identify, develop, and deploy best practice protocols, and to guide Intermountain in a multitude of processes and decisions.

  • Set clinical improvement goals and leading system efforts to accomplish those goals

  • Consult on clinical staffing models

  • Comply with regulatory standards

  • Lead systemwide equipment and supply purchases

  • Oversee compliance to Medicare medical necessity requirements

  • Develop physician pay-for-performance metrics

  • Create clinical content for iCentra

  • Educate and train clinicians about regulatory requirements

  • Support coding and documentation efforts for public quality reporting Coordination with local physician leaders is essential for the BHCP to carry out its mission. These local leaders may include a Department Chair, Medical Director, and Behavioral Health Clinic Site Lead. These physicians interact closely with local Intermountain Medical Group (IMG) and Hospital administrators. They are also involved managing the day-to-day clinical and administrative functions of their group.

  • *Medical Director *

  • Behavioral Health Unit (BHU)

  • Work with the Hospital Medical Director and MEC to address clinical quality, competency, or disciplinary issues 

  • Work with BHCP AMD to ensure all clinicians successfully complete VRP 

  • Report to BHCP Associate Medical Director (AMD) for Hospital Based Services 

  • Engage in investigations related to issues arising from the BHU 

  • Engage in Clinical Improvement initiatives

  • Development policies and guidelines for use locally and throughout the system 

  • Complete and manage call schedule 

  • Attend regular meetings with the BHCP Associate Medical Director 

  • Chair monthly Peer Review meeting 

  • Chair monthly inpatient provider meeting 

  • Provide leadership for inpatient psychiatrists 

  • Assist in training physicians, APPs, nurses, social workers, and techs 

  • Coordinate with the nurse manager to ensure compliance with regulatory standards

  • Participate in recruitment activities as appropriate Access Center

  • Provide leadership for Access Center psychiatrists

  • Chair monthly Access Center provider meeting

  • Coordinate with local crisis services manager to troubleshoot issues and provide future direction and growth

  • Ensure appropriate provider staffing

  • Participate in medical provider meetings throughout the Salt Lake Valley to promote Access Center services

  • Provide outreach to community partners

  • Engage in Clinical Improvement initiatives

  • Participate in recruitment activities as appropriate

  • Provide oversight for local and Telecrisis workers Consult Services

  • Ensure that patients in need of psychiatric consultation are appropriately assessed at Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center, and other Salt Lake Valley and Wasatch Back Hospitals either through face-to-face encounters or via virtual resources.

  • The Medical Director shall be responsible for clinical performance spanning the various services provided by the Department of psychiatry at Hospital including the Behavioral Health Unit, Medical Detoxification Unit, the Access Center, Consultation Liaison Services, and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). The Medical Director will uphold and apply Intermountain’s Fundamentals of Extraordinary Care across the spectrum of psychiatric care delivered at Hospital.

  • Safety : The Medical Director is responsible to ensure the safety of patients and staff across department services. The medical director will evaluate and help create plans to help mitigate safety issues. This includes ensuring compliance with conditions mandated by regulatory agencies, Hospital, and the Behavioral Health Clinical Program (BHCP). He/she will lead

  • Quality : The following metrics are assessed monthly and it is expected that the Medical Director will lead the Department to meet or exceed established goals in all measures (2020 and 2021 with potential future changes):

  • The Medical Director will also support and promote evidence-based care for those seeking services within the Department. He/she will lead Peer Review/Learning with the group of psychiatrists in the spirit of continuing education and with the goal to minimize variations in care.

  • Patient Experience : Under the leadership of the Medical Director, the Department will function in such manner that patients, and their families and friends, will choose to seek medical care at Hospital in the future.

  • Access : Ensure all psychiatry services at Hospital are appropriately staffed and functional as to be available to treat those in need of assistance. He/she will follow trends of service utilization and strategize with the Hospital and the BHCP to adjust programing/services to meet community needs.

  • Stewardship : Work closely with Department leaders, Hospital Administration, and the BHCP to focus on providing all patients with high value, affordable care. He/she will promote financial responsibility amongst the Department providers and caregivers to be a financially sound, forever organization.

  • Engaged Caregivers : Create an environment where our providers feel supported and appreciated that allows them to deliver on the fundamentals of extraordinary care and service.

Minimum Requirements

  • Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. Education must be obtained through an ACGME or AOA accredited institution. Degree will be verified.

  • ABMS or equivalent AOA Board Certification

  • Active Utah or Idaho Medical Licensure, or in process of obtaining licensure.

  • Two years of experience leading successful improvements in clinical settings.

  • Experience with change management with the ability to provide leadership in the adaptation and implementation of new processes or technology that enhance safety.

  • Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Physical Requirements

  • Interact with others requiring employee to verbally communicate as well as hear and understand spoken information.

  • Operate computers, telephones, office equipment, and manipulate paper requiring the ability to move fingers and hands.

  • See and read computer monitors and documents.

  • Remain sitting or standing for long periods of time to perform work on a computer, telephone, or other equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Trained in improvement science (i.e., Six Sigma, Lean, Project management, Advanced Training Program).

  • Experience working in a complex health system (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory clinics, post-acute care).

  • Demonstrated leadership of clinicians.

Physical Requirements:


St George Regional Hospital

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St George

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Intermountain Healthcare is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

The primary intent of this job description is to set a fair and equitable rate of pay for this classification. Only those key duties necessary for proper job evaluation and/or labor market analysis have been included. Other duties may be assigned by the supervisor.

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