Job ID: 290034141  |  Last Updated: 7/30/2021

Chief of Geriatrics, Harlingen TX

Harlingen Critical Care
harlingen, TX
Applicant Contact
James Core
Physician Recruiter, VCB
(956) 410-4953

Job Description


Good Day,

My name is James Core Jr, Physician Recruiter for the Veterans Affairs Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS) Harlingen, Texas. Currently, TVCBVHCS is actively seeking a motivated and dedicated Chief of Geriatrics at the Harlingen Health Care Center.

The VATVCBHCS is comprised of the Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic, Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic, Harlingen Outpatient Clinic, Health Care Center at Harlingen, Laredo Outpatient Clinic, and McAllen Outpatient Clinic. The VATVCBHCS is an ambulatory health care system providing health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. The VATVCBHCS also operates a 100-patient Home Based Primary Care program and a 200-patient Care Coordination Home Tele-Health Program. Through the utilization of inpatient/emergency department contracts, approximately 2600 inpatient admission and 5800 ER visits are managed by VATVCBHCS. Affiliated with the University of Texas Regional Academic Health Campus, the system has an active ambulatory care program and serves as a teaching and training site for medical residents. The VATVCBHCS is responsible for an enrollee population of over 30,000 veterans and 350,000 outpatient visits annually.

The Chief of Geriatrics has full supervisory authority over staff members who provide clinical and administrative support to Medicine Service. The service chief can expect 70% of responsibilities to be clinical and 30% administrative. This position will oversee responsibilities at Harlingen Health Care Center, Harlingen Outpatient Clinic, Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic, and McAllen Outpatient Clinic. Different committee chair positions will be covered by this position. Once the position is filled other responsibilities and duties could be assigned as new initiatives are implemented at VCB. This position serves as a key player in the organization's Strategic Planning and on-going process improvements initiatives.

The service is currently composed of 22.0 FTE including but not limited to:

Geri- PACT Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Administration
3 Physicians 2 Physicians 1 Administrative Officer
3 Nurse Practitioners 2 Nurse Practitioners 1 Program Analyst
3 Physical Therapist 6 Program Support Assistants

Duty Hours:
8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (Outpatient Only)
On Call requirements: Not Required

U.S. Citizenship required
A current, unrestricted license from ANY US state or territory allows you to practice in any VA facility, anywhere.

Service Chief Requirements:
A Service Chief physician must demonstrate the following: Outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or a medical specialty.
Ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective domain.
These programs would include, but are not limited to medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, quality, and performance improvement.

Preferred Qualifications:

At least five years of professional service chief experience, preferably in VA or the Department of Defense.
Experience of at least three years of budget and fiscal management, resource management, strategic planning, and program development as Service Chief.
Advanced skills to formulate general policies, procedures, standards, goals, and objectives for the Service.
Advanced skill and knowledge of coordinating and integrating interdepartmental functions of Medicine Service.
Working knowledge of regulations and preparation for accreditation surveys, e.g., The Joint Commission, OIG, CARF.

Salary will be determined by a compensation panel based on the applicant's education and length of practice (experience).
The VA offers an attractive compensation package that includes professional development and work/life balance with 10 Federal Holidays, 26 days of annual leave, 13 sick days per year and robust federal benefits. Federal benefits include NO Malpractice Insurance, the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Thrift Savings Plan (401K), medical, dental, and more.

Recruitment/Relocation incentives: MAY be authorized for highly qualified candidates

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): MAY be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and submit your application within 4 months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (1 to 5 years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services Office.

Harlingen/Rio Grande Valley Fact Sheet:

The City of Harlingen is the Capital of the Rio Grande Valley and is known as The Tropical Playground of Texas. Harlingen is in Cameron County, about 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, offering a rich diverse culture of activities for all to experience. RGV offers warm weather year-round and a very reasonable cost of living. This year Harlingen had a cost of living that is 20% less than the national average This is partially due to the absence of a state income tax, very affordable housing and cheaper food and merchandise costs. The business opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley are endless. These investments in infrastructure and education help meet the needs of todays companies, ensure that the RGV will continue attracting future business growth, and keep the real estate markets in the Rio Grande Valley strong and vibrant. Meaning you can expect surprisingly stronger returns on investment compared to other markets in the U.S.
There is always something to do in the Harlingen area, whether it is the museums, restaurants, or heading to South Padre Island which is 50 minutes away.

South Padre Island

Only Thing Missing is YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ways to Apply:
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If you are interested in learning more about the position or have questions, please call me at (210) 577-1999 or email me at It would be my pleasure to assist.

Referrals are always welcomed!
James Core Jr
James Core Jr.
Physician Recruiter
Texas Valley Coastal Bend Veterans Health Care System
2601 Veterans Drive
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (210) 577-1999

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