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Manager of Clinical Microbiology Department

at HCA Physician Services Group

Posted: 1/27/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 06676-62972
Keywords: operations

Job Description

With more than 119 sites across Central Texas, St. David's HealthCare includes seven of the area's leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization has been recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — the nation's highest presidential honor for performance excellence. St. David's HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 10,200 employees.

St. David's HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits— St. David's Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David's HealthCare in 1996, more than $425 million has been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of Central Texans.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of Laboratory Services, is responsible for daily operations of the laboratory for the St. David's Medical Center.  These duties include, but are not limited to, maintenance of accreditation requirements, personnel activities and education, testing and transport of specimens, and policies and procedures.  This position requires in depth analysis and decision making.


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES  (The essential responsibilities and accountabilities of this positionincluding interactions with other departments and outside vendors, ifapplicable, in PRIORITY order.)


1.  Manages thedaily operations of the laboratory.

a)         Supervises theshift supervisors, medical technologists, medical       lab technicians, labassistants and phlebotomist.

b)         Coordinates andshares administrative and technical call duty.

c)         Coordinatesorientation and training of  newemployees.

d)         Performs employeescheduling for the medical technologists,           medical lab technicians, labassistants and phlebotomist as               needed

e)         Overseesperformance improvement activities of the Laboratory.

f)          Assists withorders and maintenance of sufficient levels of                 supplies for the laboratory


2.  Oversees the technical activities for the laboratory.

a)         Assists incoordination of quality control review for the technical         areas.

b)         Overseesintra-departmental policy and procedure development       and implementation.

c)         Coordinates aprogram of preventive maintenance and                       instrument performance checks for theanalyzers.

d)         Assists inmonitoring compliance with accreditation                           requirements.

e)         Ensures that theresults of laboratory testing are readily legible         and are delivered in a speedymanner.


3.  Maintains competency in all areas of the laboratory.

a)         Demonstrates goodknowledge concerning techniques and               theories of the laboratory.

b)          Performs testsaccurately and precisely according to written             policies and procedures andestablished practices.

c)         Learns and adaptswell to new instrumentation and techniques.

d)          Ensures thatassay results are reported in a timely, legible, and         meaningful format withappropriate reference values and/or               interpretive comments, and delivered to theappropriate clinical         practitioner/clinical area.

e)         Ensures that testselection and reference ranges are appropriate       for the age of the patient.

f)         Performs dutieswith minimal supervision, showing appropriate          independent judgment.


4.  Ensures timely availability of results.

a)        Organizes workand work area for efficiency of performance.

b)        Performs workwith sufficient speed to allow acceptable                     turnaround time of results.

c)        Demonstrates goodproductivity as judged by efficient use of             time and volume of testing and otherduties performed.

d)        Prioritizes workappropriate to relative importance and critical           nature.

e)        Immediatelyreports and documents critical values and tests.


5.  Ensures the quality of analyses through qualitycontrol, quality assurance, and maintenance activity.

a)         Performs qualitycontrol activities appropriate to each assay/test       performed, and respondsappropriately to outlier results.

b)          Successfullyparticipates in proficiency testing activities in each         technical area for whichthe employee has responsibilities.

c)         Participates inpreventive maintenance and repair of                           instrumentation.

d)          Participates inpreparation of calibrators, reagents and other             materials.


6.  Assumes responsibility for ensuring that variousfunctions are performed during the work period.

a)         Ensures that allQC functions needed for the shift are performed.

b)          Ensures that allpreventive maintenance functions are                       performed during the shift worked.


7.  Demonstrate understanding of HCA's and “PatientsFirst” safety initiative by strict compliance to all safety protocols andprocedures as well as the safety of self and co-workers.

a)         At least annuallyreviews all safety policies, procedures, and             materials to maintain currentknowledge of safety issues.

b)          Practices safework habits according to policies and standard           procedures.

c)         Maintains a cleanand organized work area.


8.    Performs other duties as directed or required.






  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical, Biological, Medical Technology, or Physical Science 


Medical Technologist (ASCP) 


Microbiology Experience required; 1-3 years minimum; Two years previous supervisory experience