Associate VP of Laboratory Medicine Operations (Clinical Pathology)
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Internal Number: 2114588
Associate VP of Laboratory Medicine Operations (Clinical Pathology)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Executive Search Team is conducting a national search for a highly experienced leader for the Associate VP of Laboratory Medicine Operations (Clinical Pathology) position. This role requires extensive enterprise laboratory experience including lab transformation, process improvement and lab expansion. Strong lab operations knowledge, leadership and a background that includes strategic process improvements and verifiable results in an Enterprise Laboratory setting.
Reporting to the Vice President of Laboratory Operations, this position is accountable for all technical laboratory operations including lab leadership development and directing technical and non-technical team members involved in the completion of clinical pathology laboratory procedures in a timely and efficient fashion. Seeks opportunities to improve patient care through the application of exceptional laboratory practices. Embodies the Vanderbilt laboratory values and fosters a collaborative and supportive culture across the lab. The Associate VP of Operations is responsible for:
Leading technical laboratory operations for all teams within Clinical Pathology, including Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine, Microbiology/Virology/Infectious Disease, Molecular Diagnostics, Cytogenetics, Flow Cytometry, HLA, Core (Hematology, COAG, Esoteric COAG, Chemistry, Special Chemistry, Toxicology) as well as Support Services (Phlebotomy, Specimen Processing, Reference Lab and Call Center).
Responsible for the oversight of our Enterprise Lab System, which includes our main campus, 3 regional hospitals, and three small rapid response labs.
Using operational expertise plus knowledge to facilitate achievement of quality, service, and patient care goals.
Developing systems and resources to train and coach laboratory leaders and staff in strong clinical pathology practices, methods, and testing.
Developing and executing of organizational priorities, establishing, and maintaining benchmarks for improvement.
Owning regulatory readiness for all clinical pathology laboratories.
Collaborating across Vanderbilt laboratory facilities to achieve performance improvement goals.
Identifying gaps in current performance and strategizing to achieve improvement with sustainability.
Managing or overseeing of a wide range of departmental projects.
Developing departmental goals, objectives, operational/quality policies and procedures.
Leading and developing staff associated with clinical pathology programs.
Promoting a culture of openness, honesty and collaboration while encouraging continuous improvement, regulatory inspection readiness and exceptional patient care.
Demonstrating foundational of knowledge and familiarity with the scope of laboratory operations throughout the entire department.
Demonstrating a high level of analytical ability to resolve technical, operational, and administrative problems.
Developing and administering the clinical pathology department budget and capital expenditure program.
Bachelor's Degree in a laboratory discipline or related laboratory science required.
Level of knowledge in clinical pathology testing practices in a laboratory setting.
Master's degree in Laboratory discipline, Health Administration, or related Science is preferred.
Certification in Medical Technology, MT, HT, ASCP or a nationally recognized professional certification by an organization approved by the department.
Eligible for TN State licensure
Required Work Experience:
10 or more years of clinical laboratory experience
5 or more years of management position(s) or above within a clinical laboratory environment
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of FDA, CAP, CLIA regulations and CLSI procedure formats applicable to an accredited lab.
Extensive experience with a wide variety of laboratory systems and procedures, management and problem-solving methods.
Knowledge of the operations and test methodologies in various laboratories within the Department of Pathology.
Knowledge of program development, project management and administration, and application, and accreditation requirements.
Establishment and attainment of team and individual goals and objectives.
Management and preparation of operational budgets.
General understanding of laboratory data systems, LIS (Cerner), and EMR (Epic).
Demonstrated ability to lead by example with the willingness to work side-by-side with all levels of staff.
Ability to identity and assist in implementation of actions based on analysis of complex situations.
Substantial interpersonal skills to function as liaison, mediating personnel and departmental problems.
Sensitivity to a range of different cultures in a working relationship.
Personal computer knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.