System Chair of Surgery – Nuvance Health – Connecticut and New York

Nuvance Health - Danbury, CT On-site
Date Posted: July 12, 2022

About the job Nuvance Health is seeking a System Chair of Surgical Services for our seven-hospital network in Western Connecticut and the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York State. The System Chair provides clinical and strategic leadership for all components of the Surgical Service Line across our network hospitals in an effort to ensure the highest standard of excellence in the care and safety of all surgical patients. The Chair will work with Nuvance Health System Leadership to set the strategic vision and priorities for the Surgical Services Line and will establish performance targets for the areas of responsibility and manage the performance of the staff in meeting those targets. Our seven hospitals include Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut as well as Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital, and Putnam Hospital Center in New York. We are located about one hour outside of New York City in the suburbs of Fairfield, Litchfield, Dutchess, Putnam, and Ulster Counties with easy train access to the city. The ideal candidate will be board certified in general surgery with subspecialty fellowship training and at least 10-12 years of post-fellowship experience and a minimum of 5 years in a leadership role. Major Accountabilities This position reports directly to the Nuvance Health System CMO and indirectly to the President, Nuvance Health Medical Practice. The System Chair Oversees Surgical Services directly or in partnership with the Surgical Leadership of the System throughout the 7 hospitals in Connecticut and New York within the Nuvance Health System, including Inpatient Surgery, Ambulatory Surgery, and Trauma Service. Maintains partnership with all members of the Surgical Service Line, the System-Wide Service Line Leadership (currently Cardiovascular, Neurosciences and Cancer Services), the Medical and Ambulatory/Primary Care Chairs, and the community and the system administration to provide excellent service for surgical patients. Ensures thorough communication of all strategies, initiatives and policy changes to all members of the Surgical Services Line. Leads monthly Department of Surgery Business Meetings and Section Chiefs’ Meetings and provides leadership at Medical Executive Committee Meetings, Operational Excellence Meetings and other leadership meetings. Is responsible for ensuring that the members of the Surgical Service are qualified to perform the services that they are credentialed for by reviewing applications for membership on the Medical Staff in Surgery and making appropriate recommendations to the Credentials Committee. Periodically reviews, updates, adopts and enforces all policies, guidelines, rules and regulations for the Surgical Service Line. Maintains excellent quality outcomes across the Surgical Service Line. Ensures and promotes safety for all patients and staff and compliance with all regulatory requirements including, but not limited to those of the Joint Commission and the Connecticut and New York State Departments of Health. Responsible, either directly or indirectly, for medical education matters including medical student rotations, surgical residency programs, and education of the associate medical staff and continuing medical education activities for the departmental members. Participates in clinical research as time and interests dictate and champions research across the Surgical Service Line. Assesses all surgical programs, identifying areas for improvement and areas for growth and expansion. Partners with Surgical Administration to implement those programs that align with the strategic plan of the Nuvance Health System. Participates in the recruitment and retention of excellent medical staff members. Works with the System Chairs of Anesthesia and the Directors of Nursing across the seven hospitals in Connecticut and New York to provide excellent operating rooms that are efficient, safe and satisfactory to patients, medical staff and support staff. Works with the Nuvance Health CMO and Hospital VPs of Medical Affairs to standardize surgical care across the system and to ensure that the care rendered is safe, contemporary and cost effective. Promotes a positive work environment, partnering with the executive staff to respond to issues identified by the staff. In conjunction with operations staff, prepares and reviews revenue projections, capital, and operating and expenditure budgets for the Surgical Service Line. Ensures compliance with the professional code of conduct, HR policies, regulatory agency policies, coding and billing requirements, the patient’s bill of rights, HIPAA regulations and all Network policies related to compliance. Partners with Nuvance Health Medical Practice in areas of Quality and Performance. Our system spans suburban Fairfield and Litchfield Counties in Connecticut as well as the Hudson Valley region of New York State, about one hour outside of New York City. As part of the greater New York metropolitan area, our region enjoys both proximity to the city as well as access to a wide variety of venues for 4 season outdoor and indoor recreation. From the coast of the Long Island Sound to the picturesque views lining the Hudson River, the area covers a large geographic footprint with a variety of community settings. Excellent housing and highly rated public and private school options are available. Boston, New York City, New Haven and Hartford are easily accessible via train and car. Nuvance Health serves 1.5 million residents across New York and Connecticut and includes more than 2,600 aligned physicians, 12,000 employees, seven hospitals (Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center, Sharon Hospital, and Vassar Brothers Medical Center), a large network of primary care and specialty practices, and multiple affiliated organizations.

How To Apply

For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Jeanette Unger, Director of Physician Recruitment, via email or by phone (203)739-7864 . All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

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