Vice President - Acute Care Operations | Gainesville | #40574 | 7.20

Location: Gainesville, FL
Salary: $80,000

Position Summary:

This is a professional supervisory position responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight of Meridian's Acute Care services. Specific areas of responsibility include oversight of operation of the Crisis Stabilization Units (Gainesville and Lake City), the Addictions Receiving Facility and the on-unit clinical, discharge and therapeutic services. This professional has administrative oversight of the provision of services on these units and is responsible for transitional care, utilization review and utilization management. The VP for Acute Care Operations will ensure that the goals and objectives of the Meridian's strategic plan are monitored and obtained, quality of services are maintained, service projections are attained and that new services are developed and implemented. The work requires specialized management, financial, and business expertise.  This position requires the use of independent judgment and initiative in carrying out duties and responsibilities. The VP for Acute Care Operations works closely with Meridian's Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Director of Nursing and the Vice President for Access and Admissions as they define protocols for referral, clinical, psychiatric, medical and nursing practice and patient care. This professional is to ensure that those practices and protocols are fully implemented by all staff. It is the responsibility of this position to ensure that care is safe, effective, person-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. This position reports to the Chief Clinical Officer and will be an active member of Meridian's management team.

Minimum Qualifications:

A minimum of a Master's degree in Business Administration, Healthcare Administration, Management, or related field from an accredited college or university.  Capacity minimum of 5 years of progressive management experience.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

·  Develops operational workflows that effectively and efficiently implement the administrative and clinical protocols and requirements with input from the CCO, CMO, VP of Access and Admissions and ADON.

·  Provides leadership to assist in developing a departmental culture that promotes the use of data in decision-making. 

·  Ensures transparency with staff, consumers, and other stakeholders about their performance.

·  Provides leadership that encourages a culture of learning and innovation and supports professional growth and achievement of others.  Supports staff engagement and incentivizes performance.

·  Assists in the hiring, orientation, performance reviews, and recommendations regarding disciplinary action when necessary. 

·  Ensures that staff receives proper training to perform duties in accordance with professional standards of care, state and federal regulations and Meridian policies and procedures.

·  Facilitates the delivery of services that will generate revenues sufficient to support staff and operations, as well as growth and development. 

·  Ensures compliance with applicable clinical, billing, documentation and other standards.

·  Ensures the financial viability of the programs by marketing Meridian's services, maintaining and enhancing relationships with key stakeholders (e.g., law enforcement, medical practices and hospitals), developing and revising budgets, monitoring and controlling expenses and managing liability exposure.  Maintains an appropriate payor/funding mix and census to meet budgetary goals.

·  Represents Meridian to community stakeholders, business partners/potential partners, state agencies, law enforcement and the community in general. 

·  Regularly conducts staff meetings to address on-going training, supervision, and organizational needs of the program(s).

·  Develops and reviews policy and procedures.

·  Actively participates in and leads departmental risk management activities in conjunction with the Quality Improvement Department.

·  Monitors, manages and assists as necessary in all of the functions of the inpatient units.

·  Communicates needs for programmatic changes and/or problems which present themselves to the CCO.

·  Develops operational workflows that effectively and efficiently implement protocols and requirements.

·  Monitors to ensure effective, accurate, and concurrent documentation, peer review, and audits as determined by policy and procedure.

·  Monitors 3rd party and/or contracted services requirements.

·  Ensures that program meet HEDIS and other Measures:

a.  Readmission Rates

b.  Follow-up after discharge

c.  Patient Satisfaction

d.  Service Documents

·  Performs other duties as required to meet program and departmental goals and objectives.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Specific competencies required are identified on a department/program specific basis and identified in each employee's Competency Checklist.  The following are general and apply to all positions with this title.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and write assessments, reports, and correspondence.  Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and via telephone.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to grasp abstract concepts and implement their application.

Physical Demand:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

The employee will be regularly required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Work environment is usually moderately noisy.
None (Not Required)
Less than 1/3 (Occasionally Required)
1/3 to 2/3 (Frequently Required)
More than 2/3 (Regularly Required)

1 Stand


2 Walk


3 Sit


4 Use hands to finger, handle or feel


5 Reach with hands and arms


6 Climb or balance


7 Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl


8 Talk or hear


9 Taste or smell



Meridian is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  We are fully committed to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, marital status, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service or because they are a protected veteran or other non-merit based factors.