The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is seeking a full-time Physician (Assistant Chief, Emergency Medicine). The Assistant Chief assists the Chief of Emergency Service in providing administrative guidance and oversight to the emergency department as well as serving as a clinical provider. The incumbent directly reports to the Chief of Emergency Services. In the absence of the Chief of Emergency Services, the Assistant Chief assumes the delegated responsibilities of the Chief. The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is the principal teaching affiliate of the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Medical students, residents, and fellows train at our facility. The selected candidate must also be eligible for an appointment with the University of Arizona. The SAVAHCS is a tertiary care facility providing a full range of clinical services including cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. The SAVAHCS offers a beautiful 150-acre campus with a full range of medical and mental health services for Veterans, including a 31-bed inpatient psychiatry unit, a 25-bed mental health residential rehabilitation program, intensive outpatient programs, homeless programs, and more. Tucson is a great place to live for families, people who enjoy outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, running, etc.) and those who enjoy rich culture and an affiliation with a world class University. Tucson truly is a city with a friendly, small-town feel. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The Assistant Chief assists the Chief of Emergency Services in providing administrative guidance and oversight to the emergency department as well as serving as a clinical provider. It is anticipated that the breakdown between clinical and administrative time will be one half clinical and one half administrative but may vary due to facility needs. Duties include but are not limited to: Assist the Chief in recruiting and retaining well qualified ED physicians, recruiting and maintaining a pool of moonlighters to provide night/weekend and holiday coverage, scheduling staff to ensure adequate coverage, and serving as ED liaison with hospital administration and medical staff. Make sure all ED personnel understand their patient care and administrative responsibilities. Has primary responsibility for the emergency department mid-level providers, and supervises a variety of ED personnel including staff who are aligned under other departments such as nursing. Respond and resolve complaints and grievances as they relate to the provision of emergency care Customer Service Bases planning on patient and staff feedback and projected needs. Establishes a customer-oriented culture and promotes hiring of persons who fit that culture. Actively identifies and encourages the implementation of best practices in customer service. Breaks barriers that impede good service delivery. Empowers staff to resolve problems and complaints independently at the lowest level. Shares resources to service customers effectively and efficiently Quality Improvement Ensures the emergency department meets standards issued by various accrediting and regulatory groups and VACO. Participates in quality improvement activities and encourages staff to participate on Process Action Teams and other quality improvement activities Research and Education Encourages and supports research and education missions. Encourages continuing education for ED personnel and ensures compliance with performance standards. Creates a climate where continuous learning and self-development are valued. Budget and Fiscal Management Collaborates with the Chief of Emergency Services in the development of the ED budget and business plan. Stays abreast of and educates staff about changing conditions in health care particularly as it relates to emergency medicine. Work Schedule: Varies per pay period Compressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Authorized. Telework: Not authorized for this position
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.