Director Clinical Engineering

Industry: Healthcare


5 - 7 years

Posted 43 days ago

Responsiblities & Tasks:

Medical Center Operations:

  1. Implements strategic plan that propels the department forward both operationally and technologically.  Ensures the reliability and proper use of all medical equipment used within the institution in order to maintain a safe environment and in full compliance with The Joint Commission Environment of Care Standards for Medical Equipment.
  2. Manages the continuous operations of all medical equipment throughout the institution.
  3. Tests and evaluates all systems through the effective utilization of staff and contracts.
  4. Maintains effective communications with senior executive leadership, physicians, department heads, patient care staff, administrators, and managers to resolve long and short-term problems.
  5. Ensures efficient and high quality operations services to customers and users of medical equipment.
  6. Provides technical counsel to staff on codes, standards, maintenance and repair of medical equipment.  Consults with and facilitates nursing, ancillary, and medical staff regarding equipment operation.
  7. Promotes customer involvement to identify and incorporate customer needs in the operational requirements of the Clinical Engineering department.
  8. Plans, coordinates and directs all clinical engineering operations during any emergency; maintains communications with affected departments and centralized command center.
  9. Builds partnerships with clinicians and clinical programs and develops a strong partnership between clinical engineering and IT (Information Technology). 

Medical Center Maintenance/Life Cycle Management:

  1. Designs and implements a risk/needs-based maintenance program based on sound maintenance practices and industry standards.
  2. Implements and maintains an effective preventive maintenance program that reduces risks and optimizes costs associated with corrective maintenance.
  3. Reviews and evaluates funding sources.  Identifies, prioritizes and tracks shortfalls.  Determines and communicates implications and risks of shortfalls to administration.
  4. Identifies and maintains a Life Cycle Management plan for all systems.
  5. Identifies tracking mechanism for repairs and replacements.
  6. Performs cost evaluation of repair versus replacement in life cycle management process.
  7. Identifies systematic performance measures in order to monitor and evaluate the effective management of the life cycle program.
  8. Utilizes contracts to supplement existing resources, as needed, in a cost effective manner.

Design Standards and Compliance:

  1. Develops and maintains design standards for medical equipment which cost effectively maintain the highest consistency and efficiency of operations and meets clinical user requirements.
  2. Ensures compliance with federal, state and local standards, codes, designs and regulations.
  3. Coordinates the development of a process to manage information using modern, computerized database applications to ensure the record keeping continuity, compliance and integrity of all medical equipment are maintained.
  4. Interacts with purchasing, clinicians, and engineering by developing guidelines and specifications to establish a cost and operationally effective new/replacement equipment program.

Capital Equipment Program Management:

  1. Maintain equipment inventory and condition assessment status information for all medical equipment.
  2. Forecast replacement requirements using risk-based criteria.
  3. Leads capital program planning and execution for medical equipment replacement and new technology adoption and integration.  Integrate new technology initiatives and existing capital equipment replacements to minimize institutional operating costs and capital investments.
  4. Manage the processes for acquisition, installation, and testing of all new medical equipment, in coordination with Purchasing, Project Management, clinicians and users.

Human Resources: 

  1. Provides guidance and general direction for department operations, ensures accurate and timely production of work and the efficient and effective operation of the department including the formulation of operating policies and procedures.
  2. Establishes and maintains effective management of all operations personnel, engineers, and maintenance personnel, including identifying staffing needs, hiring, training and development, evaluation and termination.
  3. Establishes and implements departmental performance standards.  Measures performance against standards and initiates appropriate action when standards are not met.  Investigates irregularities and policy violations and takes corrective actions in compliance with Human Resources policies and procedures.
  4. Develops, implements and maintains a comprehensive and on-going organizational evaluation and restructuring process to meet the institution's evolving goals and objectives.
  5. Reviews job descriptions, shop functions to determine and implement needed changes such as reclassification, restructuring and promotions.

Financial Management:

  1. Develops and administers operating budget for clinical engineering and central maintenance pool.
  2. Develops controls and initiatives that ensure cost effective management of staff, supplies and contracts.
  3. Evaluates and controls purchases by operations personnel.
  4. Negotiates and monitors contracts associated with the operations of Clinical Engineering and the central maintenance pool program.

Safety Management:

  1. Develops, implements and maintains a Safety Management program in accordance with The Joint Commission standards notably the Environment of Care Standards for Medical Equipment Management and other applicable regulations, codes and standards.  
  2. Develops policies and procedures to ensure safe clinical engineering services.
  3. Directs the risk management program for clinical engineering and medical equipment by identifying risk issues and resolving incidents and problems.
  4. Responsible for the integrity and safety of all medical equipment.
  5. Is responsible for the Environment of Care Medical Equipment Management Plan and all associated compliance, data collecting, and reporting activities.

University of MarylandClinical Engineering Cooperative

  1. Is an Ex Officio, voting member of the University of Maryland Clinical Engineering Council
  2. Oversees the implementation of the Cooperative’s programs and initiatives whose management and/or execution is assigned by the Council to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
  3. Drafts annual Cooperative performance goals approval by the Council and reports on progress against the goals and overall program activities and results to the Council not less than twice a year.
  4. Supervises the System Radiology Services program manager.What You Need to Be Successful:

    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree required.  Master’s Degree in biomedical engineering or a related field preferred.  
    • Formal BioMedical training is required
    • Five years professional experience in the field of clinical engineering, or equivalent related experience in an electronics field is required.  In addition, three years of progressively responsible supervisory, budget formulation and execution, and management experience is required.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of the engineering and application of key clinical technologies such as CT scanners, MRI’s, ultrasound, used in health care diagnosis and treatment sufficient to engage substantively in strategic and tactical discussions with subject matter experts on their use, efficacy, physical and operational characteristics, strategic value, acquisition and operating costs. 
    • Comprehensive knowledge of The Joint Commission, local, state, federal codes, building codes, industry standards in medical equipment and clinical engineering fields is required.
    • Successful experience leading the planning, selection and adoption of new technology in a medical environment.
    • Knowledge of computer-based automated asset management systems is required.  Demonstrated knowledge of microcomputer applications, including word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, and data management is required.
    • A high level of proficiency and demonstrated effectiveness in problem solving and implementing new programs related to increasing departmental and organizational operating efficiency is required. Highly effective interpersonal skills are needed to manage multi-trade teams and interact effectively with clinicians at all levels in the organization.
    • Highly effective verbal and written communication skills are required to work successfully with a diverse group of staff at all levels within the organization, including executive management and the Board of Directors.

    Job ID: 65574