Oneida Health is an independent 101-bed acute care community hospital and a 160-bed extended-care facility (ECF) and short-term rehab facility licensed by the State of New York and operated by Oneida Health Systems, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation. The hospital is Joint Commission accredited.
We are proud to share that we have recognized for several national awards based upon safety of care as well as the patient experience of care. The first recognition is provided by The Leapfrog Group, a nationally recognized non-profit organization who reviews 30 patient quality and safety measures and assigns a letter grade to over 2,600 hospitals nationally based upon outcomes. The fall 2019 letter grade for OHC is a “B.”, our eighth consecutive “A” or “B”. Our hospital was also awarded 4 Stars for Patient Experience.
The second recognition is for the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. Our hospital is among the top 10% nationally for patient safety and is 1 of only 16 hospitals in New York to receive this award for 2019. The third recognition is for the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Our hospital is among the top 10% nationally for patient experience and is 1 of only 8 hospitals in New York to receive this award for 2019…with Oneida Health as the only hospital in New York State to receive both awards for 2019! We are also very proud of our CMS 4-Star overall rating for patient experience and CMS 5-Star for quality measures.
This position works in our Women’s Health Office to cover approximately 1 day per week.
The Sonographer functions as a healthcare provider who, working under the delegated authority of the supervising physician, serves as a medical imaging professional who provides clinically relevant information to assist the physician (OB/GYN) with the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
- Assume responsibility for the safety of the patient during the sonographic examination.
- Review patient medical history and supporting clinical information.
- Ensure that the sonography examination order is complete, contains relevant information, and meets the standard of “medical necessity.”
- Evaluate any contraindications, insufficient patient preparation, and the patient’s inability or unwillingness to tolerate the examination and associated procedures.
- Communicate with the patient in a manner appropriate to the patient’s ability to understand.
- Use proper patient positioning tools, devices, equipment adjustment, and ergonomically correct scanning techniques to ensure patient comfort and safety, and to prevent compromised data acquisition or musculoskeletal injury to the sonographer.
- Conduct patient clinical assessment and perform the diagnostic medical sonography examination ordered by the supervising physician in accordance with professional and facility protocols.
- Apply independent, professional, ethical judgment, and critical thinking to safely perform diagnostic sonography procedures.
- Apply independent judgment during the sonography examination to ensure that appropriate anatomical, pathological, and clinical conditions are accurately captured in the examination images.
- As necessary, acquire additional ultrasound imaging to facilitate optimum diagnostic results for the interpreting physician.
- Identify and document any limitations to the sonography examination.
- Review examination images, synthesize examination results, and prepare preliminary findings.
- Except as authorized by written facility policies and procedures, refer specific diagnostic, treatment or prognosis questions to the appropriate physician or healthcare professional.
- Maintain patient privacy and confidentiality in accordance with privacy laws (e.g., HIPAA) and facility policies, and procedures.
- Adhere to accepted professional and ethical standards.
- Provide patient services consistent with the Scope of Practice and Clinical Standards for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
- Provide preliminary reports of sonography examinations for use by the interpreting physician.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Support the interpreting physician by contributing technical impressions and professional knowledge to facilitate the completion of the final diagnostic report
Routine Daily Duties
- In addition to the main job duty of testing, a diagnostic medical sonographer’s routine job duties are to maintain daily logs of patients seen, take care of billing procedures, and perform routine maintenance of machines.
- Safety and sanitary procedures are performed after each test on the equipment, and maintaining adequate supplies are part of a routine day.
- Consultations with physicians and supervisors are done daily, as well
Equipment Use and Maintenance
- Perform quality control procedures to ensure that the ultrasound equipment operates at optimal levels.
- Exercise responsibility to ensure that the ultrasound equipment is functioning accurately.
- Assume responsibility for the preventive maintenance program for ultrasound equipment.
- Ensure that appropriate ultrasound equipment is secured and provide opportunities for staff input during the equipment selection and purchasing process.
- Provide education and training to sonographers in the utilization of new equipment features/benefits and scanning techniques.
Documentation and Reporting
- Document any incidental findings that might impact patient safety or patient care and provide that information to the interpreting physician.
- Exercise responsibility for the maintenance and accuracy of facility reports, database records and logs.
- Associates Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from an accredited program.
- RDMS certification required.
- Minimum 2-4 years’ experience in Ob/gyn sonography
- NT certification preferred.
- Demonstrated proficiency with computer skills and software programs for documentation activities and report generation in accordance with ACOG protocols