Job Title: Optometrist
Department: Vision Services
Exciting New Opportunities at Lowell Community Health Center
As one of the Top 10 largest employers in Greater Lowell, Lowell Community Health Center is expanding our services and adding additional space for our growing patient population. As the Health Center strives to meet the diverse needs of our community, we are in need of talented, multi-faceted, creative and team oriented individuals who are interested in joining our Health Care Home.
A career at the Health Center provides you with a dynamic opportunity to join a team of bold, passionate and talented people. You will be at the heart of building the Health Center’s inaugural Vision Department. As an employee of the Health Center, you will have opportunities for professional enrichment, educational growth, and career advancement. Moreover, you will be an integral part of advancing the Health Center’s mission of working with individuals and families of diversity and helping them look and see their best.
Located in the heart of downtown Lowell, the Health Center is a diverse, community-based health care organization whose programs have been recognized as national models. The Health Center was also named one of the top five health centers in the nation for excellence in cultural competency. The Health Center's employees speak 28 different languages and over 80 staff are trained in medical interpreting.
Patients trust the Health Center. Every year, we touch the lives of nearly 50,000 people – or almost half the population of the City of Lowell.
More than 90% of Lowell CHC patients are low income, and 46% are best served in a language other than English.
Since opening our new comprehensive facility in a renovated mill on Jackson Street in 2012, more than 9,000 additional patients have turned to the Health Center for a full range of primary care, including OB-GYN and behavioral health services for adults and children, with over 176,000 visits in 2014.
We have a Pharmacy serving health center patients and other specialty services including dental.
Our team is looking for full-time and part-time optometrists to help us build and develop a new state-of-the art Eye Care Center (opening February 2018) within the Health Center. You will be an essential member of our team
We value individuals who are curious, dependable, skilled and flexible in their work. In return, we offer our employees a work environment that is exemplary: team focused, positive, fair and provides multiple opportunities to grow and develop.
We offer a competitive wage, comprehensive benefit package available including: Health Insurance, Dental, Life Insurance, Disability, Paid Holidays and continuing education for full-time employees.
I. Job Summary
Under limited supervision, the Optometrist will:
Provide comprehensive eye care services (primary eye care, binocular vision, ocular disease, contact lens, etc.) that meets the standard of care set forth by the American Optometric Association
Collaborate with multiple divisions/services throughout the health center to improve outcomes and efficiencies
Integrate treatment plan with primary care and other departments of health center to establish short and long-term goals to improve patient’s overall health
Perform the administrative components of patient care management, including timely completion of progress notes, consults, and encounters for all patient care activities
Some Saturday and evening hours are required
II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The assigned duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1.Provide excellent customer service to all patients and staff in multi-cultural setting
2.Provide excellence in eye care that meets the standard of care
3.Understands and promotes the mission, vision, and values of the health center both in the work place and in the community
4.Maintain open lines of communication with staff, peers and supervisors
5.Must be flexible and adaptable based on health center requirements and in multi-lingual setting
6.Demonstrate effective prioritization of day to day operations and project work
7.Report directly to Director of Eye Care Center
8.All other duties as assigned and needed
2.Perform visual field tests and other diagnostic testing as part of comprehensive eye care
3.Ability to chart visits comprehensively and complete E&M coding in compliance with medical coding standards in Electronic Health Record (EHR) environment
4.Analyze test results, develop a treatment plan and educate patients regarding plan
5.Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids
6.Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if required
7.Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioners if additional medical treatment is deemed necessary or if improves quality of patient care
8.Remove foreign bodies from the eye if necessary
9.Provide patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care
10.Prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct, preserve, or conserve vision
11.Provide clinical supervision to optometry students and other clinical staff
12.Maintain continuing education requirements needed to practice and sustain licensure
Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement
1.Maintain an environment that is patient centric and fosters a high level of patient satisfaction
2.Maintain an environment focusing on the delivery of culturally competent and high quality care to a diverse patient population utilizing nationally accepted evidence based clinical guidelines
The Optometrist must understand medical and Medicare billing. The Optometrist must possess strong decision-making skills, highly effective verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. The Optometrist must be proficient with computers, information systems and experience working in an EHR environment.
IV. Education and Experience
This position requires a doctorate in optometry (O.D.), certified by National Board of Examiners in Optometry and current license to practice in Massachusetts (must be TPA-certified). The Optometrist must have current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support and valid DEA number. The Optometrist must be an effective communicator and leader. Minimum of one year experience required for full-time position.
The Optometrist will make decisions within their scope of responsibility and in accordance with LCHC policies and procedures.
VI. Independent Action
The Optometrist will exercise an overall moderate to high level of independent action. Functions within scope of responsibility will allow Optometrist to exercise a high level of independent action. Functions outside the scope of responsibility will require a lower level of independent action as other individuals will be required to assist.
The Optometrist is accountable for all aspects of clinical care in accordance with LCHC policies and procedures. This applies to day to day administrative and clinical functions. The Optometrist is also accountable for achieving performance expectations established by Director of Eye Care Center.
The Optometrist will work closely with Director of Eye Care Center to achieve departmental goals. The Optometrist will effectively and openly communicate with the multi-disciplinary team and other health care professionals. The Optometrist will maintain a collaborative work relationship with peers in order to create a positive work environment.
The Optometrist will work with other health care professionals and agencies to establish effective communications for the benefit of our mutual patients. The Optometrist will also develop relationships with vendors supporting the vision clinic.
IX. Manual and Visual Skills
This position requires the use of computer equipment for potentially extended periods of time.
X. Physical Environment
The physical environment is typical of an ambulatory care setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level is usually moderate.
XI. Physical effort
While performing the duties of this job, the employee’s physical effort may require the ability to stand, walk frequently, use hands, reach with arms and hands, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee may be asked to lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.
XII. Occupational Risks
The duties of this job may subject the employee to potential exposure to occupational risks such as contagious contamination with infected bodily fluids. Universal precautions and techniques are included in orientation.
XIII. Character of Supervision
The Optometrist will receive administrative and clinical supervision from the Director of Eye Care Center. The Optometrist will also receive support from other senior managers and directors as required.
XIV. Scope of Vision
The Optometrist will have direct supervisory responsibility for optometry students and clinical staff within their scope of responsibility.