The Occupational Health Chief is responsible for supporting & maintaining both Veteran & Employee Health and Safety programs which ensure delivery of quality care provided to the VA. The Primary focus of the Occupational Health Chief is to ensure clinical practice is maintained regarding the optimum health, prevention of illness and injury, management of select acute or chronic health problems and compliance with all federal, local state regulations related to Occupational Health practice. Major Duties include but are not limited to' May travel to other VA sites and CBOCs. Responsible for the training, orientation and clinical oversight of the medical providers that he/she supervises. Encompasses a broad range of activities based on Veteran and Employee needs. Functions as the lead manager, coordinator, and point of contact for Occupational Health, Employee Health promotion, Disease and Injury Prevention. Responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating educational programs/activities based on assessed learning needs of employees to enhance the employees' personal wellbeing and, in turn, improve their effectiveness, productivity and satisfaction. Works collaboratively with all levels of staff within the facility. Responsible for creating and translating policies, collecting and analyzing appropriate data and communicating outcomes. Demonstrates leadership through developing and coordinating programs to improve employee health and safety and organizational processes. Performs data collection and analysis to determine Employee health needs and expectations for the Occupational Health and Employee wellness program. Develops, implements, and evaluates activities for effectiveness. Work collaboratively with Nursing & Clerical managers on site. Attend required staff meetings, communicating up and down the chain of command, and helping prepare heads-up and issue briefs as required. Completes COVID-19 Screening, Testing and Follow-Up. Complete Tuberculosis screening on all prospective employees and volunteers and ongoing screening according to risk assessments, following current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and facility policy. Completes OPPE and proficiency assessments semi-annually. Completes pre-employment screening prior to employment and volunteering - Two-step TB skin test, Interferon, Gamma Release Assays (IGRA) / symptom screen, Chest X-ray. Performs Respirator Medical Evaluation via Questionnaire review. Assess immune status and administers vaccination (Influenza, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis 8, Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), Varicella (chickenpox), Tetanus (Td or Tdap) in accordance with CDC guidelines and facility policy. Collaborates with Infection Control to control exposures to diseases such as influenza, shingles, MRSA, C. Difficile, norovirus, conjunctivitis, and environmental vermin such as bed bugs, scabies, lice xi. Manages medical surveillance screening for Animal Handlers Coordinates influenza vaccine program for Veterans, Employees and Volunteers xiii. Member of Facility Flu Planning Committee Evaluates and coordinates BBP exposure cases; including assessment, treatment and follow up; Maintains database of all BBP exposures; aligns data with the OSHA . Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and care at the end of life. Functions as an expert consultant in health promotion and disease prevention and uses advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate programs to promote healthy behaviors among employees. When coordinating employee health education programs, takes into consideration the age and developmental needs of employees. He/she must ensure practice-based learning and improvement, practitioners are expected to be able to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not Available Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Available Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Available Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Work Schedule: To be Determined by the Department/Service
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.