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 detects and identifies infections from patient specimens. Specimens can be from urine, feces, tissue, body fluids, bone, or hair. They determine from the samples if particular microbes are present, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, or mycobacteria.
- Performs a variety of microbiological procedures in order to cultivate, isolate, and identify microorganisms in skin scrapings, exudates, blood, urine, feces, body fluids, and surgical specimens.
- Conducts routine and specialized microbiological procedures, including virological, mycological, bacteriological, and parasitological assays for use in diagnosing and treating disease.
- Verifies accuracy of findings, identifies test inconsistencies, and takes appropriate action to make corrections and resolve problems.
- Ensure operation of analyzers and other laboratory equipment by calibrating, completing preventative maintenance requirements, following manufacturer’s instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, calling for repairs. May be a key analyzer operator with proper training and documentation of skills.
- Under general supervision, provides instructional support services by performing technical work in a microbiology laboratory; orders, issues, prepares, and maintains laboratory materials, supplies, and associated equipment; performs related duties as required.
- Conserve laboratory resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
- Accurately compete records, reports, and other statistical information for master files or databases. Follows laboratory policy for data retrieval, record keeping, specimen, and identification, requisition, reporting, charting, and billing procedures.
- Perform testing in accordance with standard operating procedures, manufacturer’s instructions, and regulatory requirements.
- Assist Senior Technologists with orientation and training of new staff.
- Maintain positive working relationships with medical staff and hospital personnel. Use positive interpersonal skills to educate/support lab customers and promote success of team members. use clear and concise verbal and written communication with staff and the public. Act independently on supervisor’s direction and accept responsibility of adopted policy and procedures of hospital and laboratory. Work different shifts as required.
- Participate in QC/QI of area of specialty and Lab Indicators. Does not report patient results unless quality control data are within accepted parameters. Recognizes out of control values, takes corrective action, and notifies others of changes.
- Assume responsibility to resolve problems. Investigate and resolve technical problems, consult supervisor if resolution involves policy or procedure modification. Identifies real or potential situations or equipment failure, attempts to resolve within area of specialty or knowledge and refers complex issues to appropriate source.
- Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics
- Working knowledge of standard modern technical laboratory practices, techniques, equipment, terminology, and safety precautions;
- Working knowledge of the practices governing the conduct of technical laboratory tests;
- Working knowledge of recognized fields of laboratory specialization;
- Skill in the operation and care of modern laboratory equipment and apparatus;
- Skill in performing standard technical laboratory routines;
- Ability to perform assigned technical tasks according to exactly prescribed procedures and to make accurate observations and record results;
- Ability to understand and follow technical oral and written instructions;
- Graduation from a regionally accredited or NYS registered two year college with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Medical laboratory Technology; or
- Two years of experience performing microbiology procedures in a medical or public health laboratory; or
- An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of 1, 2, and 3 above.
- CLT required