Careers at CHA

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is seeking talented, motivated individuals to join its growing staff. CHA offers competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package. 

Job Title: Director of Rural Health and Hospitals

FLSA Status: Full time, exempt  

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Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado. For more information on CHA, visit www.cha.com.

Position Summary:

The Director of Rural Health and Hospitals is responsible for working with and being a resource for CHA members on key operational and health care issues that impact rural hospitals and rural communities in Colorado, federal and state government agencies, professional organizations, and other state and national rural health organizations. This position is also expected to monitor, review and analyze national and state healthcare issues and policies, and communicate information that facilitates member decision making as it relates to a broad range of rural health care issues, including issues related to the management of rural hospitals. The Director of Rural Health and Hospitals is responsible for being knowledgeable on, and for staying abreast of, changes in all facets of rural hospitals and healthcare, and to discern how these changes would impact Colorado’s rural hospitals.

 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Keep Association staff advised on all significant rural hospital and healthcare issues.
  • Represent CHA and its members on rural policy issues that affect rural hospitals and rural communities.
  • Monitor, review, and analyze national and state rural health care issues and policies.
  • Understand the federal Critical Access Hospital Program Conditions of Participation, provide technical assistance to CHA members on the program, including its impact on internal operational functions, and advise rural hospitals on how to maximize the benefits of the program. Advise members on how to remain in compliance with state licensure requirements.
  • Understand the federal PPS Hospital Program Conditions of Participation, and differences between this program and the Critical Access Hospital Program.
  • Assist with the development of CHA as a source for data, and financial and quality information for rural hospitals in order to strengthen their overall quality, patient safety, management and financial viability.
  • Promote the availability of CHA resources including such things as databases, educational programs and technical assistance to the rural membership and other external groups and provide necessary assistance to maximize the availability of these resources.
  • Assist in the development of CHA’s annual advocacy, programmatic and education agenda.
  • Serve as the primary staff person responsible for the CHA Rural Hospital Council.
  • Assist with the coordination of educational programs for a rural audience, including but not limited to CHA Annual Rural Hospital Conference.
  • Perform on-site visits to rural hospitals and the communities they serve; be familiar with and understand the needs of CHA rural hospitals and rural communities.
  • Establish personal contact and ongoing liaison with organizations concerned with rural health and hospital issues in Colorado.
  • Attend affiliated group meetings, provide CHA updates, and involve CHA in affiliated group projects as appropriate.
  • Respond to individual member requests for advice and information.
  • Respond to requests for presentations at various meetings and seminars from member hospitals, as well as requests from outside groups or organizations.
  • Perform special projects as assigned.

 

Other Duties:

  • As assigned

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted):

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with rural hospital challenges as it relates to the sustainability of access to health care in rural Colorado communities required.
  • Knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and the Critical Access Hospital Program, and the ability to effectively communicate to members required.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in health care, business administration or related field and a minimum of five years of management required. Advanced degreed preferred.
  • Health policy or related experience in a hospital, state hospital association, or comparable position required, experience in a rural hospital or health care setting strongly preferred.

 

Physical Demands / Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is located at CHA offices in Greenwood Village. Travel may be required for meetings; thus a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.  Travel to in-state hospital locations is not uncommon.

  • Working conditions are normal for a fast-paced office work environment.
  • Requires considerable travel within Colorado to member facilities.
  • Requires occasional overnight travel and weekend and/or evening work.
  • Presentation of technical material in group settings required occasionally.
  • Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed.
  • Requires walking primarily on a level surface for occasional periods throughout the day.
  • May include lifting up to 25 pounds of files on a regular basis. Proper lifting techniques required.

 

Material and Equipment Directly Used:

  • Cell phone
  • Personal computer with Microsoft Office software applications.
  • Software applications including but not limited to database management, statistical analytics, data analytics presentation tools, QuickBooks for not-for-profit organizations
  • Multi-line telephone with voice mail

 

If you experience technical difficulties applying for a position, please contact Angela Sigurdson, CHA director of human resources.

 

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by their supervisor. Nothing in this job description shall create or is intended to create, or shall be construed to constitute a contract of employment, express or implied. Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job.

Job Title:                             Clinical Quality Improvement Manager                        

FLSA Status:               Full time, exempt                   

Reports to:                 Director, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety   

Apply:                           Click HERE to apply

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado.

The CHA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Department works with the Association’s members to advance the adoption of evidence-based strategies that improve the reliability, safety and quality of care. The team collaborates closely with the quality and patient safety departments in member hospitals and health systems on a variety of quality improvement initiatives. Current work includes implementing alternative to opioids protocols in hospital emergency departments; raising awareness for the early detection and treatment of sepsis; reducing readmissions; developing and sustaining patient and family advisory councils; and more.

               

Summary:

The Clinical Quality Improvement Manager is primarily responsible for coordinating and managing various clinical aspects of quality and patient safety initiatives in which CHA engages and serves as a clinical resource within CHA and to member hospitals and health systems. The Clinical Quality Improvement Manager actively promotes a culture of patient safety, proactive risk management, clinical excellence, and on-going regulatory readiness.  This position is supervised by the Director for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, who will provide ongoing assistance and support in helping the Clinical Quality Improvement Manager carry out the duties of the position.

The CHA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Department works with the Association’s members to advance the adoption of evidence-based strategies that improve the reliability, safety and quality of care. The team collaborates closely with the quality and patient safety departments in member hospitals and health systems on a variety of quality improvement initiatives. Current work includes implementing alternative to opioids protocols in hospital emergency departments; raising awareness for the early detection and treatment of sepsis; reducing readmissions; developing and sustaining patient and family advisory councils; and more.

 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The Clinical Quality Improvement Manager will be responsible for coordinating the activities of assigned quality and patient safety projects and training programs. These include but are not limited to:

  • Assist CHA member hospitals and health systems with preparation and implementation of performance improvement initiatives
  • Oversee quality and patient safety related projects using project management methodologies to achieve project deliverables
  • Work with CHA members to design and implement evidenced based practices to address quality and patient care issues
  • Support CHA members to improve patient care with the design, implementation and evaluation of patient specific and population-based programs across continuum of care.
  • Plan and coordinate education campaigns in coordination with internal and external parties
  • Educate, communicate, and promote key quality improvement and patient safety principles including the National Patient Safety Goals
  • Support clinical quality data collection and analysis
  • Partner with other healthcare organizations to support CHA goals and objectives
  • Produce and communicate project progress using actionable clinical data
  • Serve as a leader/mentor/change agent/consultant in advancing patient safety across the care continuum to improve quality, reduce medical errors and adverse events and maximize patient safety and value
  • Conduct site visits to member hospitals throughout the state in support of performance improvement initiatives
  • Maintain an awareness of legislative and regulatory activities related to patient safety and health care risk management; collaborate with CHA legislative and regulatory staff
  • Ensure CHA website content is up-to-date for assigned areas of responsibility
  • Pursue grant and other funding opportunities to include writing grant proposals and applying for funding
  • Assist other team members as needed
  • Assume other relevant assignments or responsibilities as assigned

 

Knowledge and Experience Required:

  • Clinical bachelor’s degree (e.g., RN, PharmD, RPh, RRT) from an accredited college or University required
  • Minimum two years’ clinical experience in a hospital setting
  • Strong clinical and health care industry knowledge
  • Understanding of relevant patient safety sciences including but not limited to culture of safety, accident causation and human factors engineering
  • Two years’ experience in quality improvement/patient safety in a hospital setting preferred
  • CPHQ Certification preferred
  • Performance Improvement experience/certification preferred (LEAN, Kaizen, Six Sigma) preferred
  • Project Management experience/certification preferred (CAPM, PMP) preferred
  • Graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) preferred

 

Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to inspire trust and be known as someone who provides support and assistance
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Demonstrated customer service orientation, approachable with positive attitude
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Ability to relate and communicate positively, effectively and professionally with others
  • Ability to lead, organize and execute projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to present clinical, quantitative and qualitative data effectively
  • Ability to work well under pressure and within short deadlines while managing multiple priorities
  • Ability to handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to handle confidential information and situations discreetly and professionally
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and to complete tasks on time
  • Professional telephone and email etiquette, professional appearance and demeanor, able to interact with all levels within the organization
  • Self-starter with a strong desire to learn
  • Maintains prompt and regular attendance

 

Physical Demands / Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Working conditions are normal for a fast-paced office work environment
  • Presentation of technical material in group settings required occasionally
  • Evening work and overnight travel required occasionally
  • Some local travel required, a valid drivers’ license is required
  • Mid-level stress
  • Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed
  • Requires walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day
  • May include lifting up to 25 pounds for files on a regular basis. Proper lifting techniques required

 

Material and Equipment Directly Used:

  • Personal computer with Microsoft Office and other software applications
  • Software applications including but not limited to database management, data analytics, project management and presentation tools
  • Cell phone
  • Multi-line telephone with voice mail
  • Copy machine
  • Printer

 

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by their supervisor. Nothing in this job description shall create or is intended to create, or shall be construed to constitute a contract of employment, express or implied. Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job.