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Anatomic Pathology Associate job

UnityPoint HealthRock Island, IL
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Company Description

UnityPoint Health is a nonprofit integrated network of hospitals, clinics and home care services in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, with headquarters in West Des Moines, IA. Their 32,000 employees, including home care experts, hospital teams and more than 1,100 doctors and specialists share a professional culture which is 'physician-led', meaning that physicians are not only caregivers, but also team leaders. The well-structured organization stands behind four principles: Foster Unity, Own the Moment, Champion Excellence, Seize Opportunities; and all team members strive to work as one to ensure the best care to patients. Along with medical, dental coverage and 401K, UnityPoint Health offers added benefits to assist you in your personal life, such as fitness center reimbursement, parental leave, coaching and mentoring.

Job Description

The Anatomic Pathology Associate is responsible for the daily workload performed by the Anatomic Pathology section at the Trinity Rock Island campus ensuring the quality and quantity of the final product. The incumbent provides technical assistance to Cytology and Histology techs, PA and pathologists; this includes, but is not limited to frozen sections and assistance at Rock Island, Moline and Bettendorf Trinity sites. The incumbent is responsible for working closely with the pathology group, other providers as required, and attorney offices requesting information for legal purposes. The incumbent will also handle other duties as required or assigned.

Demonstrates the technical skills required to maintain the pathology office including transcription.

  • Utilizes the Voicebrook Dictation System for transcribing. Calls Voicebrook when issues arise, acts as sole troubleshooter for program three Trinity Sites (Rock Island, Moline, Bettendorf.)
  • Uses the Laboratory Information System and Hospital Information System competently for typing, ordering, registering, billing and chart inquiry.
  • Knowledge of EPIC system for accessing reports/charts for pathologists.
  • Transcribes any necessary pathology reports including intradepartmental consultations, peer reviews, dermatopathology consultations. Packages/logs cases to be sent to Peoria Methodist campus.  
  • Responsible for maintaining the Pathology slide/block inventory. Ensures extra-departmental consultations and send-outs are properly recorded and all necessary paperwork is included. Logs materials sent out in LIS.
  • Pulls materials needed for legal requests and transcribes appropriate form letters for materials requested for these cases.
  • Retrieves slides from morgue (Rock Island) files as necessary for older archived cases.
  • Performs Epic registration of reference laboratory submissions.
  • Provides QA reports for frozen section turn-around times.
  • Answers all incoming pathology calls and solves problems to best of ability
  • Work cooperatively with other Anatomic Pathology Associates as duties and assignments rotate.

Demonstrates technical skills required to prepare Histology and Cytology specimenscored:

  • Retrieves all specimens from surgery multiple times each day. Matches all specimens with requisitions utilizing two patient identifiers.
  • Ensures specimens and requisitions are labeled with two patient identifiers and specimen source; follows up on any unlabeled, incorrectly labeled specimens/requisitions.
  • Ensures all specimens submitted in proper fixation.
  • Ensures proper fixation/processing for flow cytometry specimens (placement in RPMI and refrigeration).
  • Prepares specimens for timely courier delivery to Peoria Methodist campus.
  • Communicates with Peoria Methodist Histology/Cytology team, Pathologists and Pathologist Assistant on any issues with submissions.
  • Consults pathologist about problem specimens.
  • Maintains placenta specimens under proper refrigeration until proper time of disposal; transports to the morgue for pick-up.
  • Enter unusual occurrences in to the rL Solutions system.
  • Transport specimens to morgue for storage
  • Dispose of specimens as appropriate
  • Dispose of slides as appropriate
  • Transport slides to morgue for storage
  • Maintains daily temperature logs for refrigerator/freezer and cryostats; performs decontamination as needed.
  • Communicates in a timely manner with outside clients and providers as needed

Demonstrates technical skills required to assist on inter-operative procedures

  • Organizes work priorities to provide exceptional service and turnaround time
  • Prepares fine needle biopsy smears in CT/Angio suites, including proper staining for review and assisting during inter-operative procedure.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in routine H&E staining.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in embedding tissue for frozen sections.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in sectioning frozen tissue specimens and assisting during inter-operative consultations.
  • Ensures frozen section and fine needle specimens are properly labeled and are accompanied by appropriate requisitions (also appropriately labeled).
  • Consults pathologist as needed.

Participates in support activities necessary to ensure a smooth and efficiently run operation

  • Enters charges in Epic for frozen sections performed as required.
  • Enters charges in Epic for consultation cases received from Associates in Dermatology.
  • Enters other charges as needed.
  • Ensures proper supplies available in histology, including reagents used for staining, etc.; orders when necessary.
  • Answers all incoming Histology and Pathology calls.
  • Maintains policies and procedures for department, ensures adherence to policies and reports non-compliance.
  • Ensures regulatory guidelines such as CAP are met.
  • Generates and reads emails.
  • Displays a willingness and interest in learning new procedures or cross-training.
  • Supports co-workers in other departments and on the downtown campus.
  • Floats to other Trinity campuses as needed.

Education: High School Diploma or GED required

Qualifications/Experience:  Experience in Anatomic Pathology (histology/cytology/specimen accessioning/frozen sections) is strongly desired.  Certificate Program in the field(s) of medical transcription is an asset.  Strong technical/specialty knowledge is desirable. Must possess excellent communication skills.  Must read, write, and speak fluent English.

Special Skills/Knowledge:

  • Knowledge and skills in embedding tissue for frozen sections.
  • Desirable – 1-3 years of experience with/in word processing, previous hospital transcription experience, ability to work independently with minimal supervision and under pressure with time constraints, ability to understand diverse accents and dialects and varying dictation styles.
  • Desirable experience with pathology dictation system.
  • Desirable experience with hospital pathology information system.
  • Ability to work well under mental pressure.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under time constraints
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with many distractions and manage multiple initiatives.
  • Knowledge of medical/pathology terminology is preferred.
  • Strong analytic skills to gather data, identify problems and assist in problem solving

UnityPoint Health

Type

Nonprofit

Size

Large

Revenue

$2B to $5B

Location

Rock Island, IL, and others

Industry

Healthcare

Founded

1988

CEO

Kevin Vermeer

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