Physician on the Neurology team and is accountable for providing health care to outpatient and inpatient veterans in accordance with individual patient needs determined by standards of adult health care practice, hospital policy and procedures. This responsibly includes the collaboration with referring health care providers and knowledge in patient health and illness assessment, direct care, preventive health, and education of resident and fellow trainees, nurses, patients and families. Duty: Overall leadership of the Stroke Program, ensuring adherence to the Mission, Vision, Objectives, and Directives set forth. Oversee the development and establishment of operational and strategic goals and objectives consistent with the American Heart and Stroke Association, The Joint Commission for Accreditation, and the VA's policies and Directives. Ensure that the program is performing at the standard expected of a Primary Stroke Center. Maintain stroke center accreditation. Create, revise and review protocols, policies, best practice guidelines and algorithms to ensure that they are updated according to best available evidence--based practice. Chair and coordinate a multidisciplinary Stroke Council. Disseminate and oversee the recommendations made by the Stroke Council. Oversee the coordination of the Telestroke Program in collaboration with the nurse coordinator/designee of the Primary Stroke Center. Seek and incorporate knowledge of AHA Guidelines as well as emerging science and evidence-based practice into Stroke program standards. Oversee the initiation of Performance Improvement and Patient Safety initiatives to improve patient care outcomes. Review quality and performance data. Review quality assurance and adverse events and perform root cause analysis to improve quality of stroke care. Liaison with the hospital administration and various Departments/Divisions to ensure that program's mission accomplished. Represent the organization with local, regional and/or and federal stakeholders that benchmark and report performance data. Education and Research: Participate in professional education activities related to stroke. Ensure that stroke providers have appropriate education to participate in stroke care. Develop and deliver continuing education programs to improve acute stroke care. Plan, coordinate, and evaluate Stroke education for nursing, residents and providers related to the care and management of a stroke patient in collaboration with the Stroke Program Nurse Coordinator. Provide stroke related education to internal and external audiences, including planning and participating in educational programs targeting hospital personnel, EMS providers in the local and regional communities. Participate in educational opportunities appropriate to professional goals. Supervise residents, Stroke fellows and other Stroke Program personnel Oversee patient recruitment, examination, education, and appropriate record keeping related to institutionally approved Research Protocols. Remain current in research related to the stroke patient populations and stroke systems of care. Interpret and apply current research into clinical practice. Participates in Comprehensive Stroke Center research Initiate and participate in the development, implementation, and analysis of research projects and communicate findings through presentations and publications Administrative: Provide quarterly outcome and quality measures on all stroke alerts and an annual report on the stroke center performance. Supervise the Stroke Nurse Coordinator and other health care providers involved in stroke care and education. Create schedules to ensure appropriate coverage for inpatient and ambulatory stroke activities. Create and coordinate patient, family and caregiver education and support groups in collaboration of the Stroke Center Nurse Coordinator. Coordinate interdisciplinary care of stroke patients while participating in the decisions on acute therapies or interventions based on available clinical, radiological and laboratory data. Lead performance improvement initiatives designed to optimize care and quality metrics. Participate in the interview and selection of Stroke fellows and other Stroke Program personnel. Clinical: Participate in the rotation of providers that respond to stroke alert calls for patients that arrive through the Emergency Department or that develop as in-house strokes. Participate in the rotation of providers that provide stroke and general neurology consults to hospitalized patients. Participate in the rotation of providers that provide ambulatory care to ensure adequate stroke prevention and continuity of care for veterans with stroke. Participate in clinics that provide consults, ambulatory evaluation, and care for patients with headache. Oversee the implementation delivery models for the transitions of complex patients between multiple specialty and primary care providers and between healthcare settings and home. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.