Job ID: 290043386  |  Last Updated: 8/10/2021

Physician - Chief of Staff

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

Job Description


The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, Harlingen, Texas is seeking a Chief of Staff to provide effective leadership, coordination and oversight of the programs and services assigned.

The Chief of Staff is a full member of the senior leadership team, the challenges of providing administrative and clinical support services to the major quaternary referral center, geriatrics and extended care facilities, and an array of ambulatory care delivery sites is a significant challenge.

Practice is of an executive nature, comprises of complex, leadership and administrative components, associated with critical heath care issues and activities that influence the organizational mission, health care, and policy. The Chief of Staff is the top executive within the Medical Staff and is a key member of the executive leadership team of the organization, involved in strategic planning, organizational assessment, and program development. The Chief of Staff has the authority and responsibility for establishing and maintaining standards of medical practice and ensuring the continuous and timely availability of quality medical services. The incumbent is the chief spokesperson for the organized Medical Staff and is the catalyst for the integration and collaboration of the medical staff with other professional disciplines and functional areas in the mutual achievement of patient-centered and organizational goals.

Additional Duties Include:

Participate with the health system's governing councils, management, medical staff and clinical leaders in the health system's decision-making structures and processes reporting directly to the Director.
Provides effective leadership, coordination and oversight for the following programs and services: Primary Care Service, Mental Health Service, Surgery and Specialty Service, Research Program, Education Service, Dental Service, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service, Radiology Service, Geriatrics and Extended Care Service, Women's Health Program, Pharmacy Service, Compensation and Pension Service and Prosthetics Service.
Serves as a member of key medical center managerial bodies including serving as a member of the organized medical staff, chairing its meetings, and helping to ensure adherence to its bylaws and rules and regulations, working with other health care professional to establish policies so that all health care professionals practice within the scope of their licenses, consulting in developing and maintaining an adequate medical record system, and participating in in-service training programs.
Chairs the Clinical Executive Board. Attends Root Cause Analysis and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis briefings and present the recommendations to the Director for approval. May also serve on joint VA, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), DOD and contracted sites of inpatient and outpatient care committees.
Demonstrates ability to supervise a staff of employees to accomplish the work of the organization. This involves work assignments and review; as well as the administrative and personnel management functions relative to the staff supervised (- e.g. leave administration, labor management requirements, adverse, disciplinary actions, proficiencies, etc.)
Demonstrates ability to coordinate and integrate the programs into a comprehensive package of services to meet the needs of veterans by participating in establishing policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure adequate comprehensive services.
Responsible for meeting the VA performance measures and Clinic Access goals assigned to the Chief of Staff.
Demonstrate ability to provide assistance on top management administrative matters affecting patient care, education, and organizational policy.
Demonstrate ability to contribute to the definition of Medical Center, Vision, Values, Goals and Action Plans that support the Medical Center strategic plan.
Will participate in local, VISN and national level committees as assigned by Director or VISN GMO.
Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

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Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Basic Requirements:
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR
[(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR
(3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences.
Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs.
Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience:
Board Certified in a Clinical Specialty (Internal-Family Medicine; etc.)
Experience ensuring adherence to performance measures and compliance with VA standards
Able to serve in a leadership role and highly professional & collaborative manner
Program/supervisory experience as Section or Service Chief
Knowledge of VA computer software/programs
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking (6 hours), Standing (6 hours),Repeated bending (2 hours), Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Both eyes required, Depth perception, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Mental and Emotional stability required, Ability to perform privileges, Cognitive stability. See VA Handbook and Directive 5019.
Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]
NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

NOTE: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.

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