University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
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Posted on July 9, 2020
Req #: 179789
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 06/26/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Commensurate with Education and Experience 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment.  As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Under the direction of the Harborview Medical Center Medical Director, the ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR for QUALITY IMPROVEMENT and PATIENT SAFETY is responsible for Harborview Medical Center’s (HMC) Quality and Patient Safety goals and priorities through the innovation, planning, directing, controlling and implementation of actives designed to support Harborview’s work in these domains.  This position is a key member of the HMC quality leadership team which includes HMC Administration, risk management Patient Care Services.  This position also provides leadership in planning and directing the vision of UW Medicine’s overall quality improvement strategy in partnership with the UW Medicine executive team, entity executive teams and other quality leaders.  The Assistant Administrator for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety is also responsible for the administrative management, of the Quality Improvement Department, the Patient Safety Program and the HMC Infection Control and Prevention Department, ensuring consistency and integration between of these component programs.

Additionally, the Assistant Administrator for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety provides leadership for the review of quality concerns and adverse events in patient care. As the administrative leader for the HMC Medical Quality Improvement Committee (MQIC), Intensive Review/RCA Process and review and referral process, this position provides direction for the case review process and management of clinical adverse events at HMC. Working with School of Medicine departmental quality leaders and administrative leader, Patient Safety Officer, HMC administrative leaders and managers and front line staff, the Assistant Administrator for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety ensures the completion of  individual case reviews, multidisciplinary reviews, assurance of accuracy in documentation, coding and billing of events and accurate and timely reporting of events as required by state, national, institutional and insurance companies.

The Assistant Administrator for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety partners with the Associate Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety with a focus on events analysis that assures the development and completion of actions designed to provide an interdisciplinary, safer care environment.

The Assistant Administrator for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety also provides leadership in UW Medicine data access management through participation in the UW Medicine Executive Data Access and Management Committee.  This committee includes ITS Leadership, entity Medical Directors and Quality Leaders, Associate Vice President of UW Medicine finance, Vice Dean of Research and graduate medical education and others.   This position participates in and chairs workgroups related to the development of UW Medicine policies regarding data access and data work prioritization.


Master’s Degree in Healthcare related degree

RN – Registered Nurse

Six to eight years’experience:

1. Demonstrated understanding of creating data definitions and providing data analysis, data presentation and data utilization; know and can implement principles of quality improvement and risk management.

2. Demonstration of strong writing and verbal communication skills sufficient to convey all aspects of the HMC and UW Medicine quality improvement work to all levels of UW Medicine leadership including the UW Medicine and the HMC Board of Trustee, Executive leadership for UW Medicine and all entity executive leadership and down to the staff level.

3. Demonstrated understanding of clinical care, standards of care and the ability to identify quality of care concerns.

4. Demonstration of strong writing and verbal communication skills sufficient to convey clinical case information to physicians, staff, senior leadership and external partners.

5. Proven record of accomplishment in facilitating multidisciplinary working groups including physicians, administrative leaders and staff.

6. Demonstrated leadership within a research or teaching environment.

7. Demonstrated ability to manage HR activities for a team of professional staff including hiring, leadership development, counseling and disciplinary action, budgeting, and contracting.

8. Ability to use computer database systems and understand basic IT programming capabilities to assist with the development of processes coordinating and disseminating information across a complex system.

9.  Experience with coding medical record chart information and/or collecting clinical data in a quality improvement setting.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.


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