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Director Hospice

Company: Marian Regional Medical Center
Location: Santa Maria
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Job Description:

We believe that life is sacred and the dignity of each person deserves our respect and care throughout life including a natural death. We realize that coping with end-of-life issues can be difficult for everyone involved. That's why Dignity Health Hospice is committed to providing compassionate and supportive care to our patients and their loved ones.

Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, symptom and pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs. -Our primary goal is to fulfill our patient's wishes and to support their families and caregivers. Hospice can help the patient maintain the highest quality of life possible. We strive to care for the whole person, not just the disease.
Dignity Health Hospice also provides bereavement services for a full year after a loss. Our trained bereavement team offers support to help families and caregivers cope with the loss of a loved one.

We offer the following benefits to support you and your family:

  • Annual Incentive (Bonus) Program.
  • Matching Retirement Program.
  • Pension fully funded by the Hospital.
  • Tuition Assistance for career growth and development.
  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
  • Free Membership to our Care@Work program supporting child care, pet care, and adult dependent needs.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family.
  • Flexible spending accounts.
  • Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and Identity Theft.
  • Wellness Program.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO).

    Position Summary:

    Under the direction of the Vice President of HomeCare and Hospice Services and in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of Marian Hospital staff and physicians, this position is charged with developing, implementing, and evaluating palliative care and Hospice services to seriously ill and dying patients in both the hospital and community-based setting. These services will meet regulatory and fiscal requirements. Included in this responsibility is developing and maintaining strong relationships with physicians, hospital staff, community stakeholders, and system peers to deliver palliative, comfort care to seriously ill and dying patients. Specific duties may include participation in quality improvement activities; formal and informal education and support to staff, patients and their families; consultation on complex cases; appropriateness of care or level of care / utilization activities; liaison to internal and external contacts / committees / programs; compliance with regulatory / accreditation agencies, program development, facilitation and leadership. In addition, this position is responsible for working with patients' and families' hospital liaison and case management staff and physicians in assisting with decision making / problem solving and determining appropriateness for palliative care/Hospice services. Ensures compliance with JCAHO and state/federal regulations.
    Education and Experience:

    • AA Degree in nursing required.
    • BSN preferred.
    • 3-5 years of clinical experience or a comparable combination of education and experience required.
    • Experience with Palliative care and / or Hospice programs is highly desirable.


      • This position requires a current California License as an RN.
      • National Hospice and Palliative Care certification preferred.

        Special Skills:

        • Knowledge of clinical standards for hospice and palliative care practice.
        • Knowledge of death and dying process, terminal / chronic illness, grief, coping skills, expert pain and symptom management.
        • Knowledge of administration and therapeutic effects of medications.
        • Knowledge of community resources related to palliative care or hospice programs.
        • Knowledge of palliative care and hospice policies and procedures, general and specific.
        • Knowledge of Medicare and MediCal regulations, Title 22, NHPCO and JCAHO standards, for Hospital, Hospice and SNF, RCFE regulations.
        • Knowledge of governing body rules and regulations.
        • Knowledge of reimbursement and financial management concepts.
        • Knowledge of concepts of managed care.
        • Effective problem-solving techniques including conflict management skills.
        • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
        • Familiar with CQI and QA methodologies.
        • Computer skills: Word, Excel, and Powerpoint


Keywords: Marian Regional Medical Center, Santa Maria , Director Hospice, Executive , Santa Maria, California

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