Program Director, Echo Lab
Children's Hospital Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

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Requirements:
• Current Pediatric advanced life support certification or the ability to obtain certification upon hire. • Accreditation and registered with ARDMS or CCI • Bachelor of Science degree with at least 5 years of experience performing adult or pediatric cardiac ultrasound at a high volume lab and at least 3 years of increasing administrative responsibilities. Candidates with an Associates Degree and experience will be considered. • Strong Leadership ability • Knowledge of program management • Knowledge of multiple echocardiography platforms and technology • Knowledge of client groups and/or issues related to the program area • Successful completion of an accredited training course in cardiac ultrasound • Interpretation skills to facilitate a comprehensive examination and an accurate preliminary interpretation • Ability to independently perform technically complete studies • Strong communication skills • Proficient performing advanced echocardiographic imaging procedures and techniques such as real-time 3D, contrast perfusion, automated border detection, and acoustic densitometry, strain and strain rate, • Advanced computer skills using applications such as PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, and the hospital administrative programs. • Expertise in Q lab and Tomtec software to use with 3-D imaging

Mandatory Requirements:
All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.
• Child Abuse Clearances
• FBI Fingerprint Clearance
• Drug Screening

Job Description:
Under the supervision of the Echo Lab Medical Director, the Program Director, Echo Lab oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of an ongoing program including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities. • Plan the program • Plan the delivery of the overall program and its activities in accordance with the mission and the goals of the organization • In consultation with the Medical Director and Service Line Director, develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization • Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program • Preparation and management of operating, capital, and monthly budgets • Develop and implement a yearly operating plan to support the program • Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement • Have strategic plan for the acquisition and implementation of new technologies within the laboratory • Organize the program: • Ensure that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization • Ensure that program activities comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards • Ensure that program activities comply with patient safety regulations within the hospital • Develop and implement quality assurance initiatives that align with the organization • Fulfill ICAEL requirements to retain and maintain accredited lab status • Staff the Program: Direction and Leadership of primary sonographers • In consultation with the Medical Director and Non Invasive Lab Director, recruit, interview and select well-qualified program staff • Ensures 100% compliance with hospital standards for quality control and infection control amongst staff. • Communicates policy and institutional goals 100% of the time. • Conducts annual in-services for training of sonographer, fellows and residents. • Conducts all evaluations by anniversary dates 100% of the time. Establish and implement a performance management process for all program staff • Ensure all personnel are up-to-date on all certifications and mandatory education 100% of the time. • Maintain and prepare accurate time and attendance records 100% of the time. • Assesses sonographer performance monthly and implements performance improvement goals when necessary • Patient Care Activities: • Perform cardiac ultrasound examinations including transthoracic and stress studies and assist with transesophageal studies. Perform two-dimensional, M-mode, pulsed, continuous wave, and color flow Doppler imaging, 3-D, tissue Doppler, strain and strain rate imaging, stress echocardiography. • Prepare patients for cardiac ultrasound examinations including reviewing indications and previous studies • Provide a preliminary interpretation to the reading cardiologist • Submit accurate charges for all clinical examinations • Assure that all studies are read by the attending within one week of study performance. • Provides adequate clinical coverage during teaching sessions. Works with outpatient and consultation service to ensure echocardiography schedule provides timely service to patients • Develops and implements surveys to families of patients to assure excellent clinical service • Lead the Program • Ensure all staff members receive orientation and appropriate training in accordance with CHOP organizational standards • Promote continuing education for the sonographer staff by attending national meetings and teaching new concepts to the other sonographers and arranging educational opportunities for staff both inside and outside of the hospital • Supervise program staff by providing direction, input and feedback on a monthly basis • Organization of weekly sonographer laboratory meetings • Organization of sonographer teaching sessions on a weekly basis • Communicate with clients and other stakeholders to solicit input to improve the program • Liaise with other managers to ensure the effective and efficient program delivery • Coordinate the delivery of services among different program activities to increase effectiveness and efficiency • Ensure adequate physician and technician coverage for all echo-related services 100% of the time. • Ensure all policies and procedures are followed within the confines of the lab and hospital 100% of the time. • Ensure appropriate attendance at all hospital leadership meetings and facilities planning meetings 100% of the time • Control the Program • Oversees charges and billing of services to ensure accuracy 100% of the time. Set and adhere to department budgets for compensation, supplies, services, and charges • Monitor billing processes for timeliness and accuracy including a regular review of pt charges. • Ensure that the program operate within the approved budget Oversee and approve purchase orders. Track revenue and expense reports. Monitor and approve all budgeted program expenditures • Order equipment and supplies in a timely and cost-effective manner • Monitor the program activities on a regular basis and conduct an annual evaluation according to the program evaluation framework: Year End Review .Report evaluation findings to the Service Line Director, Medical Director and Non Invasive Lab Director. Recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate • Teaching/Training: • Responsible for training sonography students and medical students in the field of pediatric echocardiography • Perform and teach advanced echocardiography imaging procedures and techniques such as real-time 3D, contrast perfusion, automated border detection, and acoustic densitometry, strain and strain rate, velocity vector imaging. • Research • Work with sonographer staff to help them develop research studies within the echocardiography laboratory

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