The Vice President, Medical Affairs (VPMA) is a member of the executive leadership team for St. Mary's Hospital, serving as the hospital's executive physician leader. The ideal candidate will have a passion for quality with a proven record of continuous quality improvement. This role will lead in the development and implementation of a culture of patient safety and physician satisfaction.
The VPMA will ensure adherence to standards and guidelines for quality patient care by managing the functions of the medical staff, and providing ongoing medical staff development. The VPMA will provide leadership in effective utilization review, case management, medical staff regulatory compliance and medical informatics.
The VPMA of St. Mary's will serve as liaison to network teams. Must be well organized, flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, while maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. Serves as a visionary, proactive servant leader with the ability to obtain support and foster an organizational environment that encourages others to share leadership, ownership, responsibility and accountability to accomplish the vision of the organization.
Strong management skills to identify opportunities for improvements in operating efficiency, growth, profitability and compliance are required.
Mission, Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct
Demonstrates and imparts the mission, values and vision of SSM Health in daily activities and operational functions, processes and environment.
Works effectively as a team member in a dynamic executive environment where collegiality, subsidiary and sharing responsibility is required and highly valued within a matrix organization.
Promotes teamwork across the network by maintaining positive and productive intra-entity and intra-departmental relationships and utilizing effective problem solving skills.
Adheres to the SSM Health Standards of Ethical Conduct, displaying, ethical behavior in conducting business, legal compliance, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, vendor relationships, and reporting questionable activities.
Exceptional Service – Patient/Customer
Portrays a positive and professional image of SSM Health.
Develops, implements and evaluates policies, procedures, processes and standards of practice to assure the provision of safe and quality patient care.
Handles confidential and sensitive matters with and without direct supervision.
Is instrumental in preventing sentinel events to include: root cause analysis meetings with quality, entity sentinel event reviews, regional sentinel event committees and sentinel event presentations.
Partners with patient safety/quality team to review event reports and address trending concerns.
Maintains knowledge and achieves compliance with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements, licensure, accreditation requirements, record procedures and internal controls.
Establishes and implements key quality metrics as a means to evaluate the quality of patient care. Responsible for patient quality outcomes and readmissions.
Exceptional Engagement – Physician/Employee
Establishes and nurtures physician and employee relationships by fostering a culture of engagement through commitment and accountability as a means to continuously improve the patient experience and a performance oriented culture.
Develops relationships with physicians in the community to encourage growth.
Utilizes timely and effective means of informing and updating physicians and employees on organizational, system-wide and industry issues. Encourages and provides opportunity for input and feedback regarding improvement opportunities.
Promotes team building and collaboration. Motivates, encourages and empowers physicians and employees to achieve personal, team and organization goals.
Recognizes individual and team accomplishment.
Responsible for leading medical staff credentialing/privileging to include: pre-application approval, resolving application issues, assigning temporary privileges and meeting regulatory requirements for documentation.
Leads the graduate medical education program for SLU and St. Mary's Hospital including: registrations, contract renewals/approvals, etc.
Serves as a member of the Network Credentialing Meeting.
Serves as a member of the Medical Staff Nominating Committee.
Serves as an expert on Medical Staff Bylaws and their application to complex issues.
Leads the Medical Executive Committee meetings to include: advance preparation with Hospital President and sending post action items to medical staff.
Serves as a member of System Medical Executive Committee.
Attends the following meetings: CORE team, physician recruitment, PT/OT review, campus leadership, infection control, no harm, community advisory board, OR governance, OR block, OR robotics steering team, department meetings, town hall meetings, etc.
Participates in network meetings includinge physician leadership council.
Incorporates CQI principles into daily activity focusing on process improvements, patient safety and patient satisfaction. Identifies common opportunities for improvement. Is a continuous, supporting presence for the quality improvement and LEAN efforts including: value stream, gemba walks, mission control reviews, TPOC reviews and RIE reports-out.
Leads cost saving efforts.
Doctoral Degree: M.D, or D.O degree.
Minimum of five years clinical practice experience.
Over five years of increasing responsibility in medical management and proven medical leadership competencies, including demonstrated success in planning, organizing and leading in a large, complex organization.
Master's degree in Healthcare Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration, Law, or Medical Management.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability and desire to integrate CQI/Lean principles and tools into work processes
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational skills with ability to follow through on initiatives
Strong analytical skills
Solid project management skills
Skill in Microsoft Office applications
Knowledge of structures, systems and services of SSM Health
Knowledge of medical informatics and electronic health records
Ability to support 24 hour administrative call requirements
Skill in establishing and maintaining relationships with internal and external contacts
Superior leadership skills, particularly in cultivating a high-performance leadership team and in developing and maintaining excellent partnerships with physicians and staff
Must listen actively and accurately, encouraging input from others; providing clear directions
Experience in managing change initiatives
A high sense of urgency and experience operating effectively in a fast-paced environment requiring the skill to handle multiple priorities simultaneously
The ability to set and maintain high standards of performance in a collegial environment, holding people accountable for achieving deliverable metrics and in doing so, one who encourages open dialogue and delegates authority and accountability comfortably
Respect for and understanding of mission-driven institutions
A results oriented individual with a reputation of doing what it takes to get the job done while ensuring strong interpersonal relationships; an individual of highest personal and professional integrity, principal and knowledge, earning respect and support when making difficult decisions and choices
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