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Medical Director; Palliative Care

Location:Arlington Heights, IL
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:To be responsible for the administration and quality of a regionally based hospital/community comprehensive palliative care program within a collaborative service model and to further be responsible for the medical component of palliative medicine and hospice care, for leadership in Midwest CareCenter clinical education and to function within the interdisciplinary structure to facilitate optimal systems-based care.

Exemplifies, supports, and promotes the Midwest CareCenter mission, values and service excellence standards.
Consistently conducts oneself in a manner that promotes/markets Midwest CareCenter services, in an effort to increase census/business/revenue. Demonstrates responsible stewardship of all Midwest CareCenter resources.
Duties:Patient Care: Medical care provided to patients in the context of their family that is timely, effective, beneficial, compassionate, and appropriate for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellbeing. Within the field of HPM, patients served have advanced illness where patient care is predominantly focused on symptom management and quality of life. The physician gathers accurate essential information from all available sources and integrates the information to formulate an effective medical plan of care that is fully integrated into the intradisciplinary plan of care.

Communication Skills: Able to conduct an effective information exchange with patients, their families, and colleagues of all disciplines. Uses appropriate language, communicates respect, particularly for cultural, ethnic, gender, and age-related differences, and demonstrates patience. The Provider uses an interpreter for information sharing when language barriers exist. Uses verbal and nonverbal communication techniques to facilitate patient/family comfort and trust and foster a therapeutic relationship. Written communication (documentation) is timely, thorough, and effective in communicating within the medical record. The Provider is effective to negotiate and resolve conflict and can function effectively as a team member and leader. The Provider demonstrates effectiveness in soliciting and implementing feedback.

Professionalism: Punctual and prepared for work demonstrating respectful interactions with patients, families, and colleagues. The Provider uses appropriate dress and language style to communicate such respect. The Provider demonstrates sensitivity to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients/families. The Provider uses appropriate language and humor, maintaining composure under stress. The Provider is conscientious and timely with medical records and overall demonstrates accountability, responsibility and integrity.

Clinical Judgment: The Provider uses medical knowledge, scientific evidence and best practice to scrutinize medical information and critically interpret this to formulate a plan of care and action that benefits the patient/family. The Provider applies medical knowledge effectively for clinical problem solving and decision-making. The Provider demonstrates the ability to integrate a holistic approach as well as information from the interdisciplinary team in medical decision-making. Decision-making is timely, effective and respectful of the patient/family integrity.

Teaching: The Provider demonstrates effective modeling and mentoring of all learners. The Provider can effectively facilitate bedside teaching, small group discussions, and didactics for medical audiences as well as the lay public. The Provider is effective in instructional information sharing regarding the specialty of HPM and also the mission and vision of Midwest CareCenter.

Systems-Based Practice requires residents/fellows to demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care. Residents/fellows are expected to:
•Work effectively in various health care delivery settings and systems relevant to their clinical specialty;
•Coordinate patient care within the health care system relevant to their clinical specialty;
•Incorporate considerations of cost awareness and risk benefit analysis in patient care;
•Advocate for quality patient care and optimal patient care systems;
•Work in interdisciplinary teams to enhance patient safety and improve patient care quality; and
•Participate in identifying system errors and in implementing potential systems solutions.

•Create and/or contribute to regular publications regarding Palliative and Hospice Medicine
•Performs other duties as assigned.
•Adheres to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff and the organization.
•Understands that he/she may be exposed to Protected Health Information (PHI), and ensures that he/she treats PHI according to human resources’ policies and procedures.
M.D. or D.O., licensed to practice in Illinois
Board Certified in primary specialty and Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Significant experience in Palliative and Hospice care
Significant experience and leadership in medical administration.
Significant expertise in program development, education, and quality.
Demonstrated experience and leadership in staff, volunteer and community education.
Demonstrated expertise in management and supervision of other healthcare professionals, especially physicians and Advanced Practice nurses
Clinical practice management experience with the understanding of: Medical billing; coding; medical practice accounting; reports needed to monitor practice health; billing programs and HER; employee requirements/job descriptions

Other Requirements:
Must possess/use own vehicle, have current valid driver’s license and maintain liability auto insurance
Ability to use cell phone and fluent in using computer and electronic health records.

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