Associate Chair, Women's and Children's Services in Ridgewood, NJ

Job Description

Associate Chair, Women's and Children's Services in Ridgewood, NJ!

This position is the culmination of a joint recruiting effort between the Department of Pediatrics of the Mt Sinai School of Medicine and the Valley Medical Group of the Valley Health System, Ridgewood, NJ.

The successful candidate will work as a pediatric subspecialist (rank commensurate with subspecialty and experience) within the Department of Pediatrics at Mt Sinai and also serve as a pediatric subspecialist and The Associate Chair for Children’s Services with the Valley Medical Group.  The Associate Chair at Valley, in collaboration with the Chair of Women’s and Children’s Services and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Valley Medical Group, will have  responsibility for the delivery of clinical services including clinical cost management, utilization, quality assurance, evidence based medicine initiatives, medical protocol development, EHR implementation and system based practice initiatives.  The Associate Chair will also be involved in helping the Medical Group and Hospital to develop and implement the strategic plan for the growth and further development of pediatric services for the medical group and engage in philanthropic activities to enhance pediatric services in the Northeastern New Jersey.

This position will report to the Chair, Department of Pediatrics at Mt. Sinai and relative subspecialty Director as well as the Chair Women’s and Children’s Service’s and the Chief Medical Officer, the Valley Medical Group.

It is anticipated that the pediatric subspecialist will spend no greater than 40% of their time at Mt Sinai for clinical effort in the subspecialty and integration into other divisional activities.

1. Performs clinical duties in subspecialty pediatrics, working with the Valley Medical Group and Mt Sinai to foster the best model of integrated care between the two health systems. In addition, and importantly, the subspecialist will have significant administrative responsibilities which will include strategic planning, relationship building among private pediatricians and Valley subspecialists, co-branding of services and responsibilities relative to physician recruitment/retention and productivity/clinical revenue enhancement.
2. The Associate Chair for Pediatrics serves in a collaborative leadership relationship with other Health System and Hospital executives. Key relationships, in addition to those with VMG leadership, include the President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System, Executive Vice President and CFO, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, the Vice President for Administration, the Chief Nursing Officer, the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Valley Hospital and clinical service line Assistant Vice Presidents for The Valley Hospital.  The Associate Chair will be a member of the leadership team of Valley Medical Group. The Associate Chair for Children’s Services will be a voting member of the Physician Leadership Council of the VMG Board of Trustees.

1. Provides medical leadership for VMG physicians and other providers including promoting collaboration, providing professional consultation and administrative support and managing the human resource function for the professional staff.
2. Works collaboratively with the Chair to identify, implement, and monitor systems which  support quality of care, medical group governance, quality assurance, risk management and peer review.
3. Participates as a member of the VMG Physician Leadership Council of the VMG Board of Trustees in all matters including business plan development, marketing and communications, budget analysis and cost management.  The Physician Leadership Council consists of the Clinical Chairs, Associate Chairs (where appointed), the CMO, President and key members of the VMG management team.
4. Identifies areas of unnecessary clinical variability and other opportunities for quality and process improvement.
5. Supports and assists the Chair in process improvement initiatives in medical management, patient satisfaction, patient access, referral management, clinical quality and system based practice initiatives.
6. Promotes physician support and overall quality of the revenue cycle process by communicating issues or concerns to VMG management and ensures that issues are addressed in a timely and effective manner.
7. Participates in the refinement of the physician compensation plan that is market driven and meets recruitment and retention objectives as delegated by the Chair of Women’s and Children’s Services.
8. Assists the Chair in the development of Children’s Services physician staff including motivating, evaluating and providing feedback on job related criteria and areas of responsibility within the guidelines of human resource policies and procedures.  In conjunction with and as directed by the Chair, participates in the semiannual evaluation of    each physician in Women’s and Children’s services to assess clinical competence and quality performance, productivity and citizenship and offer guidance and mentoring. Assists the Chair in providing a formal annual physician evaluation as directed.
9. In collaboration with the Chair, CMO and President leads initiatives to develop and implement key performance and quality metrics related to physician productivity, patient access and communication, professionalism and system based practice initiatives.
10. Works collaboratively with the Chair to ensure that each service line physician provides appropriate clinical contact hours, utilizes Valley Health System services and facilities as directed, has anticipated productivity per established benchmarks and in compliance with the Valley Medical Compensation Plan and defines expectations for patient access and efficient use of provider’s time.  
11. Works with Valley Health System entities and clinical leaders to foster greater clinical integration across service lines.
12. Participates in evaluation of potential new clinical practices, locations, and services for efficiency and profitability.
13. Maintains professional affiliations to keep current with healthcare trends and participates in continuing education related to leadership training.
14. Assists the Chair in recognizing high performing physicians in clinical care, patient satisfaction, and those who excel in promoting the culture of the Valley Health system as evidenced by such programs as the establishment of a High Reliable Organization.
15. Participates as a leader in the Valley Health System to develop and integrate a consistent patient care experience across the organization and to create innovative ways to assure provision of the highest quality medical care within a service excellence environment.
16. Encourages participation in clinical research and works with VHS research leadership to identify appropriate opportunities.

1. Understands and supports the Valley Health System and the Valley Medical Group’s mission statements, visions and values and guiding principles.
2. Communicates clearly and effectively.
3. Demonstrates positive behaviors toward patients, families, physicians and all staff.  Responds to customers of all age groups in a friendly, prompt and caring manner while maintaining confidentiality.  Promotes mutual respect and professionalism.  Partners with team members to meet the needs of the customer.
4. Participates in health system and medical group performance improvement processes to continuously improve the quality of patient care and service delivery.

This position requires sitting and lifting with intermittent standing and walking.  

Individuals working in this position will be exposed to normal office hazards.

1. Degree in Medicine or Osteopathy required.  Master’s degree in business, health services management or public health preferred.  Unrestricted license to practice medicine in New Jersey required.  
2. Board Certification in Pediatrics or one of the subspecialties recognized by the American Board of Pediatrics.  A minimum of 5 years’ experience in clinical practice.  Strong leadership, management and collaboration skills.
3. Proven relationship-building skills with physicians as well as with all other key stakeholders.
4. Skilled in problem resolution and strong analytical abilities.
5. Ability to build trust and confidence with utmost integrity.
6. Ability to lead change and build consensus to support change.
7. Solid clinical and clinical data related analytical skills.
8. Ability to serve as a role model for collegiality and collaboration across the organization.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.

Please specify Job Title of interest and send CV with Cover Letter to:

Alex Cano

Director Physician Recruitment

Mount Sinai Health System

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