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Job Title

Performance Improvement Engineer

Company : University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Location : Iowa City, IA

Created : 2023-03-11

Job Type : Full Time

Job Description

The Quality Improvement Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is seeking aPerformance Improvement Engineerto develop and coordinate components of the UIHC Performance Improvement (PI) Program.  The Performance Improvement Engineer will: Facilitate improvement activities utilizing PI methodologiesServe as a resource to assist and train others on performance improvement methodologies and evidence-based patient safety and quality initiativesProvide all levels of management, physicians, and clinical staff with accurate and timely information for effective decision making utilizing internal and external decision support systems in the Quality Improvement Program   CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Facilitates improvement activities for specific areas of responsibility for the Performance Improvement and Decision Support programs in the Quality Improvement Program (QuIP).Collaborates in the development of long-term strategies and methodologies for evaluation of processes and outcomes across the continuum of care including measurement, analysis, and reporting of data used in achieving goals identified in the UIHC strategic plan. Contact external peers/organizations for successful interventions/programs that have been proven effective.Promote performance improvement principles throughout the organization. Support and provide visibility for performance improvement philosophies and tools.Collect and retrieve data, design and use spreadsheets and databases for clinical and administrative decision making. Conduct basic and advanced analyses of UIHC performance on clinical processes and outcomes. Reviews, evaluates, interprets and develops reports, and provides end-user assistance, involving analysis, identification of problem needs, designing solutions, and identifying required system adaptations.Acts as a departmental representative in meetings involving hospital policy issues surrounding performance improvement, decision support and utilization of hospital resources.Promotes collaboration, decision making, and problem resolution through effective interactions or facilitation with members of the hospital organization.Facilitates improvement/communication and analyzes UI Healthcare performance reports for/from select regulatory agencies or external reporting agencies (e.g., UHC, IFMC, IHC, IHA, Joint Commission). For example, coordination UIHC House wide Performance Improvement (PI) Program or the annual staff influenza campaign.Prepares/presents educational programs on performance improvement, evidence-based practice, or ongoing quality initiatives to clinical and UIHC staff.Seeks opportunities to enhance own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to one's current position and/or to prepare for potential future roles and overall career development, e.g., speaking/poster presentations at local or national conferences, publications in journals/books, or certification in quality or performance improvement.Participates in the hiring of professional and support staff.Assumes special assignments as delegated by the Quality & Operational Improvement Manager/Director, QuIP.   Percent of time:100%, full-time Work schedule: Some flexibility between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday Location:This position is located at theUniversity of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, IA. Pay level 5A.To view the entire salary range for pay level 5A: Benefits Highlights:  Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans. Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at: About the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics:The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics"”recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States"”is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®  Required Qualifications A master's degree in a healthcare related field with 1-3 years' experience in healthcare outcomes and performance improvement initiatives/techniques (which may include clinical care), ~ or ~ A bachelor's degree in a healthcare related field with 3-5 years' experience in healthcare outcomes and performance improvement initiatives/techniques (which may include clinical care)Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Power Point and Excel; ability to format tables, retrieve data via queries, and create presentations via PowerPoint.Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Desirable Qualifications A Bachelor's degree in nursing. A current Iowa RN license.Specific training and certification in performance improvement techniques e.g., Six Sigma Green or Black Belt. Professional certification related to healthcare quality (i.e. CPHQ, ASQ).Previous clinical experience in an academic medical center.Some knowledge of University and Regent policies, procedures, and regulations. Application Process:  In order to be considered, applicants must upload current CV or resume and a cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on December 28, or upon closing.Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal and credential background check.Five (5) professional references will be required at a later step during the hiring process.This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization. For questions, contact Heidi Bodensteiner Additional InformationClassification Title: Qual & Op Improv EngineerAppointment Type: Professional and ScientificSchedule: Full-timeCompensationPay Level: 5AContact InformationOrganization: HealthcareContact Name: Heidi BodensteinerContact Email: Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services,(319) .  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at319-356-7543.