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Pathology Assistant

Company: Steward Health Care System
Location: Sebastian
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Job Description:

Location: Sebastian River Medical CenterPosted Date: 4/22/2022Position Summary:Position Function: Provide a variety of funtions for the Pathology Department within the Surgical Grossing Room and Frozen Section Area. In addition, the certified PA will perform other duties as assigned and required. II. Job Relationships: Reports to Lab Administrative Director. Daily work overseen by on site Pathologists. Must be able to collaborate and effectively communicate with Pathologists and technical staff in Cytology, Histology and other laboratory departments. Must interact with couriers and medical staff. III. Authority: Has the authority to: ---Contact physicians to discuss clarification of surgical specimens. ---Access patient records in Meditch and CoPath computer systems to obtain additional information needed for the processing of surgical specimens ---Contact physician's offices regarding patient demographic accuracy and/or specimen information accuracy. ---Address initial customer complaints and/or problems related to the handling and processing/scheduling of specimens. ---Contact Biomedical Engineering regarding equipment issues. IV. A. Responsibilities/Essential Functions: I. Assist in the preparation and performance of surgical specimen examinations which include: ---Registering patient demographic information into the computer ---Accessioning specimens into Meditech and CoPath computer system ---Assuring appropriate specimen accessioning and numbering of all surgical specimens. ---Obtaining clinical history including scans, X-rays, etc. when indicated. ---Writing cassettes with two identifiers as needed or using the cassette printing system. ---Describing gross anatomic geatures, dissecting surgical specimens and preparing tissue for microscopic examination under direct/indirect supervision of a pathologist. ---Obtaining biological specimens for analysis and performing special techniques as directed by the pathologist. ---Photographing all pertinent specimens. ---Preparing frozen section slides for the pathologist as needed. ---Assuring proper maintenance of equipment, adequancy of supply inventory and cleanliness of the Surgical Grossing Room and Frozen Section Area. II. Miscellaneous Responsibilities: ---Assist, initiate, institute and/or accomplish certain specialized procedures or duties as designated by the pathologists. ---Keep current on new technologies, procedures and methodologies that may enhance patient care and/or increase efficiency in the laboratory. ---Follow all orginizational, departmental, section and hospital policies, i.e. Fire, Safety, Hazardous Waste, HIPPA regulations, etc. ---Meet departmental time frame of inspection readiness at all times. Ensure ongong compliance with all applicable regulatoryagencies including, but not limited to JCAHO, CAP, OSHA, DPH, HCFA, NCCLA, CLIA and HIPPA. ---Develop and perform QA monitors to assure continued safe practices and superior patient care. ---Conduct self in a professional manner at all time, (apparel, telephone etiquette, staff/peer interactions, etc.). ---Maintain a clutter-free work environment by working neatly, efficiently and cleaning the work area as needed. ---Strive for continuous improvements in service and quality. ---Perform specimen pick-ups in main OR or other areas of the hospital as designated. (Rare instances). ---Dispose of tissue when necessary as per laboratory policy. V. Reporting Requirements: Report immediately to Lab Administrative Director and Pathologists any deviation of normal operation or unusal occurances related to the laboratory. Report to Pathologists any suspicious results uncovered during dissection of surgical specimens. VI. Accountability: Accountable for: ---Accurate dissections, description and processing of grossed specimens. ---Maintaining the confidentiality and security of all hospital, medical staff, and/or patient related data and information. ---Abiding by all relevant hospital procedures including infection control policies and procedures. ---Meeting production expectations as specified by the Pathologists and Lab Administrative DirectorLicensure/Certification/Education (Required):List any license, certification or education required for this job (e.g. driver's license, RN License, HHA Certification, Master's Degree, etc.)ASCP or equivalentP.A.Licensure/Certification/Education (Preferred):List any license, certification or education preferred for this job (e.g. driver's license, RN License, HHA Certification, Master's Degree, etc.)Specialized Skills (Required):List the minimum specific knowledge and skills necessary to perform this job (e.g., homecare exp., med/surg exp., basic accounting principles/practices, spreadsheets, word processing, etc.)Grossing of surgical samples requires qualifications to meet high complexity testing.Sample accessioning, and proper pre-analytical requirements.Adequately describes the gross description of surgical samples.Assists in Frozens Section preparation and Equipment Maintenance.Specialized Skills (Preferred):List any preferred knowledge and skills necessary to perform this job.3-5 years of experience with the ability to teach other staff members.Additional InformationSebastian River Medical Center (SRMC), a Steward Family Hospital, nationally recognized facility located along Treasure Coast of Florida, offering high-quality care close to home. Housing over 178 beds, and fully accredited by the Joint Commission, Sebastian River boasts over 100 affiliated physicians, over 650 nursing and ancillary staff. When patients are in need of acute hospital care, Sebastian River provides state-of-the-art technology, as well as comprehensive emergency services and award-winning surgical care.Sebastian River Medical Center is committed to achieving the highest level of measurable quality and efficiency in the delivery of health care services that are responsive to the needs and values of our patients, physicians, employees, and visitors. Sebastian River Medical Center recently underwent a facility expansion by adding another 46 patient rooms; 3 new Endoscopy Rooms and 6 new Operating Rooms with ability to expand up to 8 Operating Rooms to better serve our community.

Keywords: Steward Health Care System, Palm Bay , Pathology Assistant, Healthcare , Sebastian, Florida

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