Chief, Mental Health Service VA Medical Center Denver, Colorado

  • Position Code
    F659IC
  • Address
    Denver, CO
  • Preferred Specialty
    Academic, Program Director
  • Would Also Consider
    Psychiatry, General
  • Last Updated
    05/20/2016
  • Misc Benefits
    Competitive salary + annual performance bonus of up to $15,000 + guaranteed salary increases Full benefits (see below) Licensure: 1 Full and unrestricted license from any US State is permissible to work at this facility CME: $1,000 per year stipend for reimbursement + 1 week paid authorized absence to attend Malpractice: Liability protection with tail coverage provided No Physician Employment Contract! You’ll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction you’ll get from caring for those who have served our country. In addition to competitive pay and liability protection, the VA also offers a robust benefits plan that includes: Paid Time Off: 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave–you can carry over up to 86 days into a new year 13 Days paid sick leave available for valid use. At end of career, unused sick leave can be used to extend creditable service for retired pay purposes! 10 Federal holidays with pay 5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME Insurance: Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Dental & Vision Insurance: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care fir expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government Long-term care insurance is available as an option Federal Retirement Plan: VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-FRAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan How is the pension funded? VA employees hired after January 1, 2014 automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee’s salary Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2015,employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $18,000,while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $24,000 The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel Disability Retirement Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ s
  • Salary
    225000 - 260000
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Overview

 

The incumbent serves as Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (ECHCS).  The incumbent has final decision-making authority, responsibility, and accountability on all issues affecting the Mental Health Service.  He/She collaborates with all relevant managers and staff system-wide to ensure integrated goals and priorities for the MH Service are established and met.  In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring effective operations for all areas covered by the Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook (inclusive of services for outpatient, residential, inpatient, community-based,  homeless, substance abuse, seriously mentally ill, rehabilitation and recovery-oriented services, suicide prevention, gender and age specific services, specialized Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, rural mental health, prevention and management of violence, and Military Sexual Trauma).    

  • Planning, developing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating a large, integrated mental program for ECHCS.

  • Performing wider-range and higher-level management functions for ECHCS and VISN 19 through participation in planning and oversight boards, councils, and committees.

  • Developing and maintaining continuing programs in the area of professional peer review, organizational improvement, continuing education, scope of practice, clinical privileging and other quality improvement activities

  • Providing direct health care to clients within incumbent's area of expertise, on a limited basis.

  • Ability to effectively supervise and manage subordinate employees.

  • Skill in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees.

  • Ability to develop productivity standards appropriate to each service provided and each venue.

  • Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution.

  • Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and point of view.

  • Skill in working collaboratively with other disciplines and supervisor.

  • Directs all activities of the MH Service including Budget and Fiscal Management, HR Management, strategic planning, and program management and evaluation.

  • Serves as a member of a number of facility and VISN level committees - Medical Executive Committee, Healthcare Delivery Executive Council and VISN 19 Mental Health Council.

  • Formulates policy and operating procedures ensuring compliance with VA regulations, statues and the standards of requirements of various internal and external reviews and accrediting bodies. 

  • Maintains close liaison with other ECHCS managers and senior leadership.  Conducts and directs special studies and analyses of complex problems relating to staffing requirements, space, equipment utilization, organization alignment, and other areas of concern.

  • Establishes organizational structure and guidelines, creates performance standards, work review and reporting requirements, and defines the lines of authority and supervisory control necessary to carrying out the mission of the MH Service. 

Client Description

 The Denver VA Medical Center is part of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, which also includes two Nursing Home Care Units and nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics.  The Medical Center is affiliated with Medical, Pharmacy, and Nursing Schools of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Regis University, CCD, Front Range, and Arapahoe Vocational.  We are proud to have the honor for caring for our nations Veterans. As a teaching hospital, the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System provides a full range of services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

Academic Partners

The Eastern Colorado Healthcare System is primarily affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. We offer residency training in all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Associated Health Training is offered in nursing, psychology, audiology, social work, dietetics, and pharmacy. Each year, ECHCS supports the training of over 120 residents.  In addition, approximately 450 medical students rotate through the facility for their clinical experiences. The education department coordinates the rotation of over 370 nursing students from local schools (UCHSC, Regis, CCD, Front Range, and Arapahoe Vocational).  The medical center also provides training opportunities for paraprofessional and allied health students and is affiliated with 20 academic institutions, providing training in several different services.

It’s no accident that Denver is called “the Mile High City”: When you climb up to the State Capitol, you’re precisely 5,280 feet above sea level when you reach the 13th step. Denver’s location at this altitude was purely coincidental; Denver is one of the few cities not built on an ocean, a lake, a navigable river, or even (at the time) an existing road or railroad.

The U.S. Mint, built in 1906, established Denver as a banking and financial center.

In the years following World War II, Denver mushroomed to become the largest city between the Great Plains and the Pacific Coast, with almost 600,000 residents within the city limits and over three million in the metropolitan area. It remains a growing city, with a booming downtown and suburbs. Denver is noted for its tree-lined boulevards, 200 city parks that cover more than 20,000 acres, and architecture ranging from Victorian to postmodern.
  

Location Description

It’s no accident that Denver is called “the Mile High City”: When you climb up to the State Capitol, you’re precisely 5,280 feet above sea level when you reach the 13th step. Denver’s location at this altitude was purely coincidental; Denver is one of the few cities not built on an ocean, a lake, a navigable river, or even (at the time) an existing road or railroad.

The U.S. Mint, built in 1906, established Denver as a banking and financial center.

In the years following World War II, Denver mushroomed to become the largest city between the Great Plains and the Pacific Coast, with almost 600,000 residents within the city limits and over three million in the metropolitan area. It remains a growing city, with a booming downtown and suburbs. Denver is noted for its tree-lined boulevards, 200 city parks that cover more than 20,000 acres, and architecture ranging from Victorian to postmodern.





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