Unit Chief - Behavioral Health- Peds

Brooklyn, New York
Jun 01, 2021
Position Type
Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY) is one of the largest multi-disciplinary groups in the country whose main purpose is to nurture and embolden the healthcare providers who take care of the most fragile and vulnerable patients in New York City. PAGNY people do more than diagnose and treat; we uplift the spirits and dignity of patients because we love what we do, and it shows. PAGNY is committed to recruiting and retaining productive and enthusiastic physicians and promotes our health professionals' wellness.

PAGNY is comprised of over 4,000 physicians and healthcare professionals who provide services to NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), the largest public health system in the United States. Our practitioners are highly skilled professionals with outstanding credentials who deliver the highest level of quality healthcare to patients throughout New York City.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, located in the heart of Brooklyn, accommodate more than 518,076 outpatient visits, more than 141,328 emergency room visits, and with 627 beds, more than 25,000 inpatient admissions annually. The hospital maintains a strong academic affiliation with SUNY Downstate Medical Center in order to maintain its high standards of healthcare delivery.

Kings County is located in the East Flatbush/Prospect-Lefferts section of Brooklyn, close to the 2 and 5 subways. Our patients are diverse, with the majority being afro-Caribbean. Most of our patients are native English speakers. Knowledge of French/Haitian Creole is helpful, but not required.



The Unit Chief is the administrative and clinical lead of the assigned inpatient unit and is responsible for all aspects of patient care on the unit. They work with the inter-disciplinary teams to ensure safety and quality on the inpatient unit.

  • Oversee inpatient structure
  • Establish and oversee inter-disciplinary teams and team meetings
  • Ensure that community meetings and other therapeutic groups take place as scheduled
  • Participate in Behavioral Codes on the unit, providing leadership to the staff and patient community
  • Participate in Medical Codes on the unit until the Code Team arrives

    • Direct Patient Care
  • Provide direct care for a specific number of patients on the unit, including appropriate and timely documentation

    • Monitor Patient Care
  • Work with all teams to monitor length of stay, particularly ensuring that
  • Patients who are refusing medications are taken to court promptly, and that
  • Patients who have reached their 18 th day are referred for state hospitalization for continuing treatment
  • Identify patients who would benefit from AOT and work with their team to ensure that the application is completed.
  • Work with medical-consultation team ensure that medical problems are properly managed
  • Ensure that legal statuses are up to date and accurate
  • Provide clinical consultation to other team (when present) on your unit
  • Provide assistance to other psychiatrist (when present), as needed
  • Monitor the need for psychiatrist assessments and other components of applications of aftercare, in such applications for appropriate housing, residential placements and state referrals
  • Participates and conduct tier reviews as per policy

    • Chart Completion
  • Monitor chart for completion and clinical accuracy
  • Arrange a mechanism to ensure the timely completion of the chart

    • Performance Improvement, Quality Assurance and Risk Management
  • Participate in Performance, Quality Assurance and Clinical pertinence activities, including chart review, and educate inpatient staff members on Performance Improvement, Quality Assurance activities, indicators, etc. and be able to help the unit improve if their performance is below the mean for the service
  • In collaboration with risk management reviews major incidents on the inpatient unit

    • Monitor the use of emergency procedures including:
  • Restraints
  • Manual holds
  • IM's

    • Coverage
  • Ensure that there is adequate psychiatric coverage on the unit at all times, including staff vacations

    • Regulatory Activities
  • Assist in the preparation for surveys
  • Maintain awareness of the standards for certification by the various regulatory agencies

    • Utilization management
  • Work with the UM department to conduct MD to MD reviews and participate in any appeals to ensure authorization of inpatient stay.
  • Maintains focus on key strategic priorities including patient experience, access to care, increased market share, and improving financial stability

  • Qualifications:

    • Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry (or Board Eligible & within 5 years of completing residency training)
    • Completion of an approved Psychiatry residency training program
    • Eligible for a NYS license and DEA

    Benefits include:
    • Competitive compensation package
    • 10% 401K company contribution after one year of service
    • Choice of a three-tiered nearly FREE medical plan
    • Excellent dental insurance including orthodontics coverage
    • Generous paid time off program
    • CME days
    • Eligibility for loan forgiveness through the National Student Debt Forgiveness Center
    • Visa candidates are considered

    Please email your CV to Joe Mastov, Physician Recruiter, at mastovj@pagny.org

    EOE M/F/D/V

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