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Director Laboratory Services

Location: New Orleans
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Director Laboratory Services - Health System Louisiana

A financially sound, highly regarded not-for-profit health system is seeking an experienced Director of Laboratory Services . Our client is one of the area’s largest and most progressive health systems. Strategically based between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the organization includes a 300 + bed acute care hospital, a Level II Trauma Center, a medical rehabilitation hospital, a freestanding surgical center, two diagnostic centers and the largest multispecialty provider clinic in the region. This is a progressive and comprehensive testing lab, with 2+ million annual procedures and over 60 FTE's. The Director will report to the COO of the system and have responsibility for providing overall operational leadership, clinical quality, and fiscal stewardship of the department. The health system uses EPIC as their EMR and clinical information system, and the laboratory uses SOFT computer information system.

The Director contributes to the organization’s success in clinical outcomes, a positive financial performance, and in services to all customers (patients, families, physicians, and employees). Additionally, this position is accountable for assessing, planning, developing, implementing, and executing strategies and tactics of the strategic business unit to achieve cost efficiency, business growth, quality performance, clinical superiority, and market leadership. A highly competitive, compensation/benefits/relocation package is being offered for this key leadership role.

Below are the Director’s key duties and responsibilities:

Work with hospital administration on planning, organizing, and directing laboratory operations and ensuring compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.

Make daily rounds in Laboratory to judge effectiveness of operation, utilization of personnel and supplies, and general ethical and professional atmosphere.

Secure and maintain the physical facilities, equipment and supplies which are required to carry out effective patient care and create an optimum physical environment.

Initiate improved methods of services and direct their implementation.

Prepare department budgets for personnel, operating expenses, and capital equipment.

Responsible for the fiscal operation of the department.

Communicate appropriately and clearly to physicians, staff, and administration.

Interact professionally with patient/family.

Consult other departments, as appropriate, to collaborate in patient care and performance improvement activities.

Establish and maintain standards of performance and ensures competency and appropriate licensure of personnel.

Direct and participate in the human resource management function for the department by coordinating the selection, promotion, orientation, and performance appraisal processes.

Coordinate the department’s in-service training to ensure competency and ongoing continuing education for all department staff.

Initiate, interpret and enforce Laboratory Services procedures and maintain and interpret hospital policies and procedures.

Cooperate in planning programs and safety and preparedness for fire and disaster.

Attend and participates in hospital committees, as appropriate.

Responsible for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of performance improvement and CQI activities.

Responsible for providing 24/7 functionality of Laboratory Services.

Develop and mentor mid-management and supervisors to ensure effective lab operations.

Follows the Health Systems Compliance Programs and Federal and State Regulatory guidelines.

Insures department performance and statistical reporting support compliance measures with The Joint Commission, State, CAP and OSHA standards.

Ensures that lab maintains all appropriate licenses, certifications, and accreditations. Ensures compliance with CLIA and OSHA requirements


Qualifications for the ideal candidate for the Director of Laboratory Services.


Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree in clinical laboratory science, medical technology, microbiology, or related scientific field will be required.

ASCP certification as a Medical Technologist is preferred.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills

Candidate must possess at least five years’ experience in the medical laboratory setting.

Candidate must have at least three years’ experience in laboratory management as an Administrator, Director, Assistant Director, or Manager in a hospital setting.

This individual must have experience in managing all aspects of laboratory operations and be familiar with Joint Commission, CLIA, CAP, and related surveys, accreditation, and regulatory agencies.

Experience in a laboratory with significant outreach volume. Ideally, the candidate will have developed operations to effectively support and grow the outreach volume in a hospital-based laboratory.

Experience with Soft Computer (SCC) Lab and Blood Bank software systems.

Experience with Epic electronic health record systems preferred.

Experience conducting analysis of new business lines, automation, and technology for the laboratory.

Experience improving specimen throughput times relating to collection, processing, and reporting.

Ability to create and maintain positive relationships within other departments in the hospital.

Job Information

Job ID: 54461295


Louisiana, United States

Position Title: Director Laboratory Services

8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 700 Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (240) 485-2733

Keywords: ASSOCIATION-PUBLIC HEALTH, New Orleans , Director Laboratory Services, Other , New Orleans, Louisiana

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