Oneida, NY
Full-time


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.

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Job Summary

Supervises the functions and services of Anatomic Pathology (Histology/Cytology) including the clerical AP support staff, on a system wide basis. Manages the administrative operations of the Anatomic Pathology section, plan and organize departmental activities on an ongoing basis, with the physician section heads to ensure a well-run and up-to-date operation. Oversees administrative and technical activities associated with cytology / Histology procedures. Supervises staff assigned to Cytology/ Histology department. Provides accurate, timely and cost effective testing of patient samples to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease in compliance and harmony with the quality management system. Function Responsible for development of departmental budget and monitoring departmental expenses.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide direct supervision of anatomic pathology (Cytology, Histology) department under the guidance of the Director. Monitor workflow and assign department staff to various tasks and functions to assure completion of work. Perform competency assessment and annual evaluation of Cytotechnologists, Histotechnicians, and supporting staff who perform tasks within the pathology department.
  • Function as subject matter expert for technical aspects of pathology department. Review and maintain standard operating procedures specific to the department. Assure all equipment is maintained according to manufacturer and regulatory requirements, and that required validation, calibration and performance checks are performed at required intervals. Ensure safe and effective operation of anatomic pathology equipment by calibrating; completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.
  • Rotate into departmental work schedule. Meet all performance standards for Cytotechnologist.
  • Receive, accession and log gynecological and non-gynecological specimens.
  • Perform microscopic screening and interpretation of gynecological and non-gynecological cytology cases
  • Perform final sign out of qualified gynecological cases
  • Participate in fine needle aspiration procedures for on-site assessment of specimen adequacy
  • Accurately complete records and reports and other statistical information for master files or databases. Maintain required documentation of workload recording. Submit required regulatory reports to Pathologist for review.
  • Maintain equipment and reagent solutions. Order supplies and reagents as necessary. Conserve resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
  • Perform specimen storage and disposal as required by regulatory agencies.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with the medical staff and hospital personnel. Use positive interpersonal skills to educate/support lab customers and promote success of team members. Uses clear and concise verbal and written communication with staff and the public. Acts independently and accepts responsibility for the adopted policies and procedures of the hospital and laboratory. Works different shifts as required.
  • Participates in QC/QI of area of specialty and Lab Indicators. Recognizes out of control values, takes corrective action, and notifies others of changes.
  • Assume responsibility to resolve problems. Investigates and resolves technical problems. Serve as departmental resource for staff on all shifts. Modify departmental policies/procedures as needed. Identifies real or potential situations of equipment failure, attempts to resolve within area of specialty or knowledge and refers complex issues to appropriate source.
  • Develop annual departmental expense budget and capital equipment budget. Monitor department expenses to assure that expenses are being maintained within approved budget amounts.
  • Other clinical and technical duties as required

Schedule

  • Day shift hours, must be flexible to accommodate workload needs and surgical/OR requirements.
  • Typically Monday through Friday but may require occasional weekends as necessary depending on workload.

Education

Must meet education requirements defined by New York State Department of Education for Cytotechnologist. Substantial equivalence as listed below is determined by the NYS Department of Education.

Requires a bachelor’s degree or higher from:

  • a cytotechnology program registered by the Department as licensure qualifying; OR
  • a program in cytotechnology or a related title that is determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent of a registered program in cytotechnology that is accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency or recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the program is offered as a program that prepares individuals for professional practice as a cytotechnologist, and is designed and conducted by the degree-granting institution to prepare graduates to practice as cytotechnologists using independent judgment and responsibility

OR:

  • a baccalaureate or higher degree awarded upon successful completion of a baccalaureate or higher degree program with a major in biology, chemistry, or the physical sciences registered by the Department or be determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent of such program; AND
  • completed an advanced certificate from a credit bearing program in cytotechnology that is registered as licensure qualifying for licensure as a cytotechnologist or the substantial equivalent of such program.

Licensure

  • Must have current license as Cytotechnologist with New York State Department of Education

Experience/Skills

  • Minimum three years’ experience screening gynecologic cytology required.
  • Thin Prep certification required
  • Imager certification preferred but not required
  • Experience processing using conventional and ThinPrep techniques preferred
  • Must be able to work independently, perform multiple tasks concurrently, and triage workload
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be able to work well with others

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