Mount Sinai Careers

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

New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The Associate Chair of Women’s and Children’s Services will be responsible for assisting the Chair in providing leadership to physicians and other clinical providers of Valley Medical Group (VMG) Women’s and Children’s Services. The Associate Chair, 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 assist the Chair in establishing partnerships and other formal relationships with members of The Valley Hospital (TVH) Medical Staff (non-VMG employees) that are consistent with the mission and vision of Valley Medical Group and The Valley Hospital.  The Associate Chair will also be involved in helping the Medical Group and Hospital to develop and implement the strategic plan for the Service Line and in promoting Women’s and Children’s Services philanthropic development. 

Chair, Women’s and Children’s Services 
Chief Medical Officer, Valley Medical Group 

The Associate Chair 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 of Women’ and Children’s will be a voting member of the Physician Leadership Council of the VMG Board of Trustees.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provides meaningful input into the strategic planning process for Women’s and Children’s Services in collaboration with VMG leadership, Hospital leadership and Health System planning staff.
  • In collaboration with the Chair, CMO and President, fosters positive relationships with Clinical Service Chairs, VMG physicians and the TVH medical staff at large.
  • Acts as a liaison between VMG physicians and VMG and Hospital business units to address operational matters.
  • In collaboration with the Chair, President and CMO, assists in the recruitment process for new physicians and clinical staff.
  • 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.
  • Time commitment for administrative vs clinical duties to be determined.
  • Identifies areas of unnecessary clinical variability and other opportunities for quality and process improvement.
  • 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.
  • Participates in HRO processes, incorporating the use of error prevention tools into daily practice and promoting the use of those tools by the clinicians in their specialty.
  • Is familiar with the concept of AIDET and promotes this structure as a means of improving communication with our consumers.
  • Participates as a member of the VMG in the quality performance initiatives and peer review, as delegated by the Chair of Women’s and Children’s services
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assists in providing medical and administrative leadership to Coligocare as requested.
  • Assists the Chair in the development of Women’s and 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, productivity and citizenship and offer guidance and mentoring. Assists the Chair in providing a formal annual physician evaluation as directed.
  • Assists the Chair in the resolution of patient clinical satisfaction concerns and conflicts in coordination with risk management, compliance and legal personnel as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Works with Valley Health System entities and clinical leaders to foster greater clinical integration across service lines.
  • Participates in evaluation of potential new clinical practices, locations, and services for efficiency and profitability.
  • In collaboration with the Chair, CMO and President develops, helps to direct and maintain a culture consistent with primary focus on quality of care, integrity, team performance, professional development and appropriate compensation enabling recruitment and retention of highly skilled physicians and staff.  Embrace and abide by the VHS SERVE standards.
  • Maintains professional affiliations to keep current with healthcare trends and participates in continuing education related to leadership training.
  • As directed by the Chair, identifies, defines and implements innovative strategies, business plans and approaches to enhance and build an efficient and competitive service.
  • Helps to develop and implement programs that focus on quality, patient satisfaction and service excellence throughout the service.
  • Assists the Chair to build, lead, and maintain a culture that supports and enables recruitment and retention of high quality, skilled physicians, consistent with Valley’s core values and with a focus on professional and personal growth and development.  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.
  • 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.
  • Encourages participation in clinical research and works with VHS research leadership to identify appropriate opportunities.
  • Participates in and supports Health System and Hospital initiatives in cost containment, product standardization, resources utilization and supply chain management.  (ASPIRE, HIM Queries, Coding and Documentation initiatives).

  • Understands and supports the Valley Health System and the Valley Medical Group’s mission statements, visions and values and guiding principles.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively.
  • 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.
  • Participates in health system and medical group performance improvement processes to continuously improve the quality of patient care and service delivery.
  • Participates in Health System development activities as requested by the President of the Foundation or President and CEO of the Health System.
This position requires sitting and lifting with intermittent standing and walking.  
Health System, Hospital, Home Care personnel, physicians both employed and independent, medical group staff, Health System and Hospital Trustees, community members and leaders and patients and their families. 
Physicians and other clinical staff, contracted physician providers and other staff as assigned by the CMO/President.  Services include general OB/GYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine, IVF, Urogynecology, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Neonatology, Inpatient Pediatrics, Child Development, Genetics and Pediatric Specialties. 

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

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Proven relationship-building skills with physicians as well as with all other key stakeholders.
  • Skilled in problem resolution and strong analytical abilities.
  • Ability to build trust and confidence with utmost integrity.
  • Ability to lead change and build consensus to support change.
  • Solid clinical and clinical data related analytical skills.
  • Ability to serve as a role model for collegiality and collaboration across the organization.

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest integrated delivery system encompassing seven hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai’s vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. 
The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 10 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties in the 2017-2018 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. 

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