Connecticut Children's, and the University of Connecticut are seeking a Neonatologist to serve as the Clinical Director of our community partnership Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Danbury and Norwalk Hospitals in western Connecticut. Danbury and Norwalk are part of the Nuvance Health System, a seven-hospital system including facilities in Connecticut and eastern New York. The Neonatal services at Danbury Hospital include a 21-bed, busy Level 3 NICU as well as couplet care for normal, healthy newborns with approximately 2500 deliveries per year. The Neonatal service at Norwalk hospital has a 16 bed Level 3 NICU as well as couplet care for normal, healthy newborns with approximately 1200 deliveries per year. Neonatology attendings and advanced practitioner staff cover both hospital services.
Our Division of Neonatology currently consists of faculty members nationally recognized in basic, clinical, quality, patient safety, and epidemiologic research. Connecticut Children's faculty have their academic appointments through the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. As a division member, you would have access to an expansive array of resources as well as available scholarly activities within Connecticut Children's Medical Center, The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, University of Connecticut Storrs, Jackson Laboratories as well as other academic partners.
Reporting to the Division Chief of Neonatology and the Regional Clinical Director for the Nuvance Health System partnership, the Neonatal Services Clinical Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of newborn operations in the NICU and couplet care environments of both hospitals in the Fairfield County region. The role is directly accountable for performance with respect to clinical care, quality, patient safety, operations, finance, and customer satisfaction.
The Clinical Director will be responsible for working with multi-disciplinary teams and divisional faculty leaders to evaluate evidence-based Neonatology practice recommendations, reviewing and updating current protocols and procedures along with the development of new initiatives. The Director will work with the CCMC NICU Quality and Safety Officer, fellow CCMC Neonatology site directors across the network and the division chief in implementing standard clinical practice.
This identified individual will be responsible for quality improvement initiatives, outcomes, and patient safety of the services delivered within the units. Standard responsibilities include:
- Direct the implementation of unit-based and institution-wide improvement initiatives
- Direct the achievement of a robust set of improvement goals including development and implementation of clinical pathways and evidence-based best practices
- Clinical services utilization review, oversee clinical peer review and quality assurance
The Director is accountable for the clinical and financial performance of the unit. Standard responsibilities include:
- Ensure implementation of unit-based and institution-wide initiatives related to clinical care and patient & family experience, provider satisfaction, and employee engagement
- Address patient/family complaints as part of a management team
- Develop the annual clinical operations budget and capital requests
The Director relies heavily on collaborative and mutually supportive relationships with:
- Nursing and clinical services leadership
- Quality and Safety Staff
- Fellow Department Chiefs
- VP, Medical Affairs
- Medical Staff President
- CCSG President and Operations Staff
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Candidates must have an M.D., or D.O. degree, be board-eligible or certified in Pediatrics and/or Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine as appropriate. Track Record of successful quality clinical program implementation. Active Scholarly Program with publication history is desirable. Academic title at the University of Connecticut will be commensurate with academic credentials.
LICENSE and CERTIFICATION REQUIRED
Connecticut Physician license; active board certification in a Neonatology, active DEA
Helpful But Not Required
Previous Experience in administrative or leadership role
Additional Personal and Management Traits
- Treats others with respect
- Partners with colleagues and other division representatives to accomplish goals
- Uses a problem-solving approach to identify solutions
- Helps colleagues address challenges they are facing
- Reaches out to others for advice or get their input for key decisions
- Encourages new and improved ways of doing things
- Communicates information about changes promptly
- Supports others in implementing change
Connecticut Children's is a 187-bed, free-standing, tertiary care teaching hospital which serves as the primary pediatric teaching site for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. The hospital includes a Level 1 Trauma Center, a full cadre of pediatric specialists, and offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. CT Children's was recently named as a top hospital in the US News and World Report rankings in four (4) different specialties. Connecticut Children's Specialty Group, Inc. is a 200+ physician multi-specialty pediatric group (medical & surgical). CT Children's physicians enjoy a competitive compensation package, along with a generous benefits package. Our benefits include Health, life, vision, dental and disability insurance, 403(b) with an annual matching program, continuing medical education allowance, and professional liability insurance, as well as support and payment for mandatory license/s and hospital credentialing.
Connecticut Children's is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer.
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