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Big Spring, TX, USA | DSHS - Central Office

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Treatment is based on a person-centered, trauma-informed, recovery-oriented approach and seeks a dynamic Medical Director to lead the provision of services to medically and behaviorally complex individuals. Our staff contribute to a work culture of collegiality and respect with goals of continuous quality improvement. Supports include experienced mid-level practitioners for all treatment teams, a strong nursing staff, an excellent pharmacy department and on-site medical clinic. This position serves as the Medical Director for BSSH and focuses on the provision of medical / clinical leadership of a complex inpatient psychiatric hospital that is located in Big Spring, TX. Apply now to join our team.

Medical Director

This position primarily focuses on leading the psychiatric and general medical care provided to adults with serious mental illness, co-occurring disorders (substance abuse, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and medical illness), and likely involvement in the criminal justice system. The Medical Director will provide both leadership and support to facility clinical functions. As such, an ability to work with all disciplines, from direct care staff to consulting physicians, is essential for the provision of optimal care plans with the ultimate goal of partnering with a variety of stakeholders as appropriate to: integrate our clients back into the community, return to the judicial system for adjudication, and / or to refer to other less restrictive settings.

In addition to providing overall clinical / medical leadership for the hospital, specific duties include the supervision and management of evaluation of commitment needs, supervision of Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, supervision of psychiatric residents, participation in clinical and system committees. Up-to-date psychopharmacology knowledge, electronic health record usage and general computer skills are key requirements. Will also oversee the provision of client services via telepsychiatry.

The state of Texas offers many benefits to physician employees, including competitive salaries, educational loan repayment, career advancement, defined benefit pension plan, access to CME, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave. 

Essential Job Functions:

Leads, guides and supervises the provision of client treatment using a trauma-informed, person-centered, recovery model of care.

Provides leadership to the hospital’s discipline directors in the development of recovery programming, evaluation of ongoing care and discharge planning.

Manages acute care including oversight of the hospital’s prescribing of emergency medications, ordering emergency behavioral interventions, and coordinating consultations and transfers if the person requires acute interventions for non-psychiatric medical conditions.

As needed to assure coverage, may provide direct client services. Will also be directly involved in staff recruitment and professional training / education.

Participates in facility and system-wide committees as assigned to ensure patients are receiving efficient effective clinical care, such as Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Infection Control, and the state hospital system Governing Body.

Participates in mandatory training per HHS policies and procedures, HIPAA policies, state and federal rules and regulations, and hospital accreditation requirements.

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. 

Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Ability to provide effective clinical / medical leadership for a complex psychiatric hospital including sound managerial and supervisory skills.

Knowledge of methods and procedures in forensic and general psychiatry and general medicine; and of principles of the development, implementation, and documentation of individualized care and treatment plans.

Exercise skill in the care and treatment of patients; in the use of medical and psychiatric diagnostic and treatment tools and equipment; and in the documentation of medical care.

Ability to adhere to facility policies and procedures, agency rules and regulations, state and federal statue and regulation, and facility accreditation requirements.

Proven experience and ability in managing the provision of comprehensive and complex psychiatric and general medical services in inpatient psychiatric programs, including forensic patients.

Skill in effectively using an electronic healthcare system. 

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Valid unrestricted Texas Medical License with current registration

Board certification or board eligibility in psychiatry

DEA Certificate – Unrestricted

Must possess valid Texas driver’s license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver’s license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy. 

Initial Selection Criteria:

Valid Texas Medical License with current registration.

Completion of an ACGME approved residency in psychiatry.

Work experience with hospitalized psychiatric patients. 

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