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Psychologist-Physical Medicine & Rehab job

UnityPoint HealthCedar Rapids, IA
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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

Full-time health or rehabilitation psychologist needed for a Top 100 Hospital with a 24-bed CARF accredited Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Join a strong and experienced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team of physicians, psychologists, nurses and rehab therapists. The newly hired psychologist’s primary responsibility will be treating adults in the outpatient rehabilitation clinic. The ideal candidate will have an interest in growing our outpatient pain psychology program for both individuals and groups. Back up coverage for the inpatient rehab unit is a secondary duty. There may be opportunities to supervise and train students including postdoctoral fellows. The position requires a PhD or PsyD from an APA-accredited program and completion of a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology. Prior experience working in a hospital or rehabilitation setting is desirable.  Successful candidates excel in organization and time management. The ability to communicate effectively with a multidisciplinary team of professionals is essential.   Must be licensed or license-eligible in Iowa. Pre-employment drug screening required.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list).  Do not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty.  Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task.  Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future.  Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements. 

% of Time


·         Patient Care/Quality Improvement

•     Routinely manages complex patients    

•     Examines patients/clients - obtains history, performs a systems review, and selects and administers or supervises the administration of discipline- and age-specific tests and measures to obtain data

•     Evaluates patients/clients - makes clinical judgments based on data gathered during the examination

•     Develops patient/client diagnoses or problem lists (cluster of signs and symptoms)

•     Develops patient/client prognoses (optimal level of improvement and time needed to achieve it)

•     Develops and implements patient/client interventions, including delegating and supervising support staff

·         Provides empirically supported psychotherapy and other therapeutic interventions based on patient needs and goals of care.

•     Provides patient and family education and training

•     Completes required patient care documentation and communication

•     Formulates and implements patients’ discharge plans in collaboration with others

•     Collaborates with hospital departments and community agencies to deliver coordinated care.

·         Completes appropriate documentation for all patient/client encounters in accordance with hospital and professional standards.

70 %

·         Evidenced Based Practice/Professional Development

•     Participates in appropriate Rehabilitation Services and hospital meetings

•     Participates in interdisciplinary task forces and committees

•     Participates in Performance Improvement activities

•     Contributes to program development

•     Participates in hospital and department provided in-services and community education

•     Participates in development and education of colleagues and trainees

•     Promotes a greater understanding of rehabilitation/health psychology in the hospital and community

•     Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development in clinical practice, regulatory and fiscal issues.


Key Accountability

·         Effectiveness/Efficiencies

•     Submits charges for facility and professional fees according to professional and hospital standards

•     Maintains a safe and orderly work environment.

10 %

Basic UPH Performance Criteria          

·         Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·         Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·         Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·         Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·         Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·         Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.


Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

·         Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

·         Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

·         Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment: 

·         Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

·         Enthusiastically engage in our work.

·         Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

·         Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

·         Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

·         Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

·         Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

·         Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

·         Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

·         Have the courage to challenge the status quo.

Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Estimated annual salary

UnityPoint Health






$2B to $5B


Cedar Rapids, IA, and others






Kevin Vermeer

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