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Executive Director Patient and Medication Safety

Company: WellStar Health System
Location: Marietta
Posted on: June 2, 2021

Job Description:

Overview


How would you like to work in a place where your contributions and ideas are valued? A place where you can serve with compassion, pursue excellence and honor every voice? At Wellstar, our mission is simple, yet powerful: to enhance the health and well-being of every person we serve. We are proud to have become a shining example of what's possible when the brightest professionals dedicate themselves to making a difference in the healthcare industry, and in people's lives.


Responsibilities


The Executive Director of Patient and Medication Safety reports to the AVP of Safety and Accreditation and is a member of the health system’s corporate leadership team, responsible for the strategy and operational structure of the safety and reliability program, including medication safety.


In collaboration with System Safety and Quality Leadership, establishes, provides oversight, and executes programs, policies, and processes to build and sustain a culture of safety and high reliability with a goal of zero preventable harm. Includes but is not limited to: Safety First Program; medication safety program; serves as a resource and subject matter expert regarding regulatory requirements for patient and medication safety and reliability; safety event management, including event reporting, cause analysis; safety and reliability training; and administering the budget for the Medication Safety Services department and providing input regarding the Safety and Quality Services budget.

 

Responsible for integrating these programs into the broader mission, vision, and operations of the health system. This includes responsibility for developing and maintaining an aggressive education and marketing plan for safety and high reliability science and practice.


Serves as a spokesperson and is recognized as the strategy safety and reliability owner and subject matter expert. Drives results through effective hiring practices, sound management philosophy, team development, and measurement/management of key performance indicators.


Collaborates with system and facility teams to improve processes in alignment with best practices.


Maintains strong positive relationships with team members, leaders, medical staff, senior leaders, and patients.


The executive director shall remain abreast of safety and reliability best practices and current literature, including medication safety, at the state and national level through engagement with institutions such as Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Patient Safety Organization (PSO), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP); researches and advises on best practice solutions.


The Executive Director consolidates and administers the overall business plan and budget for the Medication Safety Services department and provides input regarding the Safety and Quality Services budget.


Qualifications


Required Minimum Education: Master’s degree in a healthcare related field. Clinical degree preferred.


Required Minimum Licensure/Certification: Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) required within first year of employment. Medication Safety Certification required within first year of employment, if applicable. PharmD or RN preferred. Licensed and in good standing with the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy and/or Georgia State Board of Nursing, as applicable.


Required Minimum Experience: Ten (10) years’ experience in healthcare, including five (5) years in a quality setting required. Seven (7) years of progressive leadership experience required. Two (2) years in program development required.


Required Minimum Skills: Knowledge of safety and reliability science; cultural transformation; change management; cause analysis (both common cause and root cause analysis); safety and reliability metrics for improvement; Patient Safety Organizations; Fair and Just Culture. Ability to develop collaborative relationships with demonstrated leadership competency. Ability to supervise both professional and non-professional employees. Ability to work with other hospital and system managers, directors, executive directors and senior leadership. Ability to partner with external third-party plan administrators. Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written). Strong customer service attitude. Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office). Ability to think/act independently as required by situation – adept at crisis management.



We’d like to invite you on a career journey like no other! In return for your contributions, we’ll help you make the most of all life’s moments – on and off the job. Wellstar Total Rewards is designed to provide for your total well-being, including: Your Wellness, Your Pay, Your Future, Your Joy.  We think it’s pretty simple – we care for our team members and our team members care for the community.

Make a difference in patients’ lives… and your own! Here, it’s more than healthcare – it’s CareerCare!

Keywords: WellStar Health System, Marietta , Executive Director Patient and Medication Safety, Other , Marietta, Georgia

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