Position Summary: Incumbent provides leadership for patient safety and quality throughout UCI Health and drives system-wide efforts to continuously improve the safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness, equity, and timeliness of health care service to all patients. Incumbent will be responsible for the development of an integrated approach to quality and patient safety across the organization ensuring high reliability, improvement and shared responsibility. Leads the organization to achieve outstanding performance on key, nationally standardized metrics of quality and safety. Plays a key role in developing a comprehensive program to minimize patient harm through the implementation of systems that: create a culture of safety; proactively identify risk; encourage adverse event reporting and thoughtful, learning-oriented analysis of safety events and near misses. Serves as a key liaison to all healthcare services, nursing, clinical, and administrative departments, medical staff organization, and committees throughout UCI.
Required Qualifications:5+ years of progressive administrative leadership experience in quality improvement and patient safety activities in an academic medical center or large, integrated, tertiary health care setting providing expert level understanding of the art and the science of quality improvement and patient safety7+ years of experience in healthcare quality and patient safety with demonstrated ability in design and implementation of performance improvement activities in a health care setting including skillful application of continuous quality improvement and patient safety sciencesAble to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously with demonstrated ability to complete projects successfully on time and within budgetBSN OR Master's/PhD in business, nursing, health administration, management or a related disciplineExceptional level of professionalism, discretion and the ability to work on highly sensitive and confidential projectsKnowledge of current trends and best practices in healthcare quality improvement and patient safetyOutstanding listening, interpersonal relationship building, and problem-solving skillsOutstanding negotiation, written, and verbal communication skillsSuccessful track record of effective, team-oriented working relationships with physicians, nurses and other health professionals
Preferred Qualifications: Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, CPHQExperience in Lean Six Sigma as an improvement methodologyRecord of presentations at regional and/or national meetings focused on quality and patient safety
Physical, Mental & Environmental Demands:To comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the essential physical, mental and environmental requirements for this job are listed below. These are requirements normally expected to perform regular job duties. Incumbent must be able to successfully perform all of the functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
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