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In association with the Medical Director, the Echo Lab Manager is responsible for the maintaining ASE standards for performance of accurate echocardiography laboratory tests. S/he determines goals for Echocardiography Laboratory testing, volume and recommends staffing as appropriate to achieve goals and objectives, both long term and on a daily basis. Provides direct supervision of technical staff and is physically present and accessible in the immediate patient care area to intervene, assist or counsel as needed. Collaborates with the Administrative Manager and Medical Director to ensure overall laboratory organization. Works closely with the Medical Director, Administrative Manger regarding the overall financial management of the laboratory, i.e., future equipment acquisitions, additional personnel, daily overhead requirements, CPT coding, billing and reimbursement issues. Strategize for staffing growth within the Lab and for staff retention.
-Bachelor's degree required and Master's Degree preferred within Cardiac Sonography.
-5+ years of experience performing and interpreting M-Mode, 2D, Doppler, Tee and Stress Echo.
-5+ years of experience working full-time in a hospital environment and have previous management experience.
-Ability to lead/manage others in a matrixed environment
-Ability to work in a fast paced environment with changing priorities
•Compiles and maintains current procedure protocols, with appropriate test indications and keeps them available for reference, review and audit.
•The candidate Is responsible for establishing and maintaining quality control standards for echocardiographic equipment, study performance, study quality, personnel training and updates, and maintain high performance and quality standards in other areas pertaining to the functioning of the echocardiography laboratory.
•The ideal candidate works closely with the Medical Director in short- and long-term strategic planning, equipment needs, test procedures, quality assurance issues, and interpretation of the studies.
•Develops and maintains clinical procedures and policies in accordance with ASE guidelines and IACEL accreditation, ensuring that they are current and reflect state-of-the-art processes and technology.
•The ideal candidate develops internal laboratory standards to certify new sonographers for stress echo and contrast studies.
•Also, the candidate will develop internal laboratory standards to periodically update skill set of established sonographers for stress echo, contrast echo, hemodynamic echo studies for HOCM, AS, MS, PH, etc.
•Assure that all Quality improvement (QI) data is current and documented.
•In conjunction with the Medical Director, the echo lab manager promotes the development of a training program for fellows-in-training, rotating residents and fellows from other departments, visiting physicians and student / trainee sonographers.
•The Echo Lab Manager candidate Is responsible for the ensuring the overall maintenance of the Laboratory, including safety, infrastructure and environmental issues, ensuring compliance with institutional, OSHA, HIPAA, etc. guidelines.
•Works with Radiation Safety Office to keep radiation exposure to the minimum and following the ALARA principle.
•Liase with Occupational Health for ergonomics workshop for sonographers to minimize Repetitive Stress / Musculoskeletal Injury.
•The Echo Lab Manager will interact with the IT personnel and the medical director regularly to ensure that the IT needs of the echocardiography laboratory are fulfilled for smooth functioning of the echocardiography laboratory.
•Provides direct supervision of technical staff and is physically present and accessible in the immediate patient care area to intervene, assist or counsel as needed.
•Ensures systematic professional development for both self and Laboratory technical staff. Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current echocardiographic practice guidelines and health care practices. Systematic training of sonographers on new equipment coordinating with vendors application specialists. Adheres to requirements for mandatory continuing education and certification in the field of cardiac sonography. Identifies personal learning needs and goals and develops a plan to meet them.
•Works closely with the Medical Director, Administrative Manger regarding the overall financial management of the laboratory, i.e., future equipment acquisitions, additional personnel, daily overhead requirements, CPT coding, billing and reimbursement issues. Prepares with Administrative Manager the annual operating budget. Identifies capital budget needs and works with Medical Director, Administrative Manager for budget request; works with vendors to obtain quotes.
•Oversees documentation for patient billing for the Hospital (technical portion) in electronic system.
•Collaborates with Leadership to develop and maintain administrative policies and procedures. In conjunction with the Medical Director, communicates changes in department and hospital policy, practice and procedure to subordinates.
•Strategize for staffing growth within the Lab and for staff retention.
•Performs duties in accordance with Penn Medicine and entity values, policies, and procedures
•Other duties as assigned to support the unit, department, entity, and health system organization