Pathology Grossing Technician

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 157255-1A
Date Posted: Sep 10, 2019

Job Description

About the Job

Position Summary:  Under the general supervision of the Department Chairperson, the Pathologist on call and Laboratory Manager, the Pathology Grossing Technician performs advanced level pre-analytic specimen preparation and treatments in addition to the standard specimen in-take accessioning and the routine tasks of the Pathology Technician position. The Pathology Grossing Technician functions as the lead in-charge for the Pathology specimen processing area, providing direction, training, and support to the Pathology Technicians and serves as the EPIC/Beaker subject matter expert at all levels of specimen management.

  Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but are not limited to:

  • Pathologist Frozen Section Technical Support - Burlington and Lahey Peabody
  • Serves as first and immediate call contact person for preparing surgical tissues for frozen section.
  • Performs technical operation of tissue processors and coordinates with Pathology Assistants, Histotechnologist and Pathology technicians to ensure continual specimen workload flow through the Pathology Department.
  • Communicates and functions directly with the Pathologist assigned.
  • Handles all specimen identification and reconciliation during frozen section process.
  • Ensures accurate BEAKER case creation, slide labeling and container labeling.
  • Documents all required information to the BEAKER intra-operative function.
  • Manages and maintains all frozen section technical equipment, QC program, records and logs, reagent and stain supplies and waste management.
  • Ensures supplies of specimen containers are complete and ready for surgical use.
  • Follows directives and instruction from assigned Pathologist on multiple specimen technical preparations.
  • Liaisons and coordinates pathology surgical service activities with Pathologist Assistants and surgical nursing staff.

Grossing / Specimen Prosecution

  • Performs grossing description and preparation of small tissue specimens such as endoscopy biopsy, dermatology biopsy, prostate biopsy, stone/calculi.

Cytology On-Site Slide Preparation

  • Attends surgical procedures requiring on-site cytology slide preparation with the Pathologist.

Autopsy Diener Service

  • Performs all technical autopsy diener functions and decedents manipulations for handling, moving, and cleaning.
  • Makes the primary incision to open body cavities; removes breastbone; together with the Pathologist Assistant, removes thoracic and abdominal contents, removes, cleans and opens intestines.
  • Removes the skull-cap, the brain, and the pituitary gland; takes bone marrow from vertebra and ribs and other bones as directed; excises gonads. May remove other organs under close supervision of the Pathologist or Pathology Assistants. Closes the body, replacing organs and performing procedures necessary for the subsequent embalming process.
  • Ensures all equipment and autopsy tools are maintained and prepared for autopsy service.

Epic/Beaker Super-User

  • Takes a leading role in Beaker system upgrades and modifications and serves as a resource person for all staff.
  • Acts as a liaison with Epic analysts, troubleshooting problems as needed
  • Generates and analyzes Beaker reports relevant to specimen management, workflow productivity and archives.
  • Contributes new ideas and participates in changes to the Beaker product and department workflow.
  • Maintains knowledge of OP-time and consults with surgical nursing staff as needed.

Staff Oversight

  • Schedules colleagues work task rotations and general attendance schedules.
  • Participates in employment interviews and recommends qualified candidates for vacancies.
  • Follows LHMC and departmental policies for orientating and training new colleagues.
  • Works with department manager, Pathologist Assistants, and office supervisor to ensure optimal utilization and coordination of staff.
  • Discusses colleague performance concerns with department manager and makes recommendation for colleague improvements.
  • Works with department manager to ensure all LHMC mandatory learning and annual competency is completed in a timely manner.

General Laboratory Duties

  • Oversees all specimen management to assure compliance with LHMC policy and internal Pathology Department standards
  • Verifies sample identification and acceptability of specimens.
  • Assesses integrity and quality of specimen, and appropriateness of order according to written procedures.
  • Informs Surgical Nursing, Pathologist, department colleagues and medical staff of unsuitable specimens and inappropriate collection.
  • Performs follow-up procedures on rejected/missing samples according to protocol.
  • Files internal Pathology Safety report log and submits on-line LHMC Safety Report.
  • Operates Milestone Tissue processors and ensures appropriate accounting and reconciliation of tissue specimen cassettes.
  • Demonstrates ability to prioritize work by completing assignments according to written procedures without excessive waste within established turnaround times.
  • Performs and documents required QC/QA procedures according to established protocols.
  • Recognizes existing or potential out of control situations. 
  • Consults with Pathology Manager, Pathology Assistants, Histology Team Leaders, Pathology Technicians and/or Pathologist to troubleshoot as necessary.
  • Performs computer data entry, reviewing patient information, and receiving specimens. 
  • Serves as technical expert trained in biohazard and hazardous waste management, liaisons with Safety Department and Stericycle.
  • Performs scheduled maintenance and required documentation on equipment.
  • Orients, mentors, and teaches Specimen Processing techniques and Urinalysis to new colleagues and students.
  • Manages Pathology warehouse specimen archives.

General Expectations including but are not limited to:

  • Incorporate LHMC (Lahey Hospital & Medical Center) Standards of Behavior/Guiding Principles and Mission Statement into daily activities.
  • Comply with all LH&MC and department specific policies.
  • Follow established safety procedures as stated in the Laboratory Safety and Infection Control Manuals.
  • Participate in and successfully complete Mandatory Education.
  • Comply with behavioral expectations of the department and LH&MC.
  • Establish and maintain courteous and effective interactions with patients, physicians, management, visitors and other members of the health care team through responsiveness, accuracy of information, and professionalism. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.
  • Demonstrate a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our patients, families, visitors, etc. and consistently adhere to our service excellence standards.
  • Demonstrate commitment to stay current in scientific knowledge by completing 4 hrs. /yr. of continuing education.
  • Participate in and contribute to departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.
  • Performs all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Laboratory Science or related field, or High School degree (or equivalency) with 3-5 years anatomic pathology experience.

Experience:  Minimum 3 years of full time hospital based laboratory experience

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities: 

  • Analytic ability to perform moderately complex procedures and technical manipulations, perform calculations, calibrate, maintain & troubleshoot equipment used.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate specimen management and information system problems and to affect corrective action procedures and modifications.
  • Manual dexterity and acuity necessary to prepare specimens, screen specimens, prepare solutions, and operate equipment and a computer.
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time, utilize good judgment, work accurately under pressure and handle stress to meet deadlines.
  • Interpersonal verbal and written English language skills sufficient to exchange information with physicians and other colleagues.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.

SHIFT: 40 hours, 1st shift

About Us

The Lahey Model of Care—right care, right time, right place—is exactly what patients, providers and payers need and deserve. Identifying and delivering on this convergence of interests has positioned Lahey Health for further growth. Our model ensures care is highly coordinated and locally delivered, with lower costs and exceptional quality.

Lahey Health is a robust, regional system including a teaching hospital, community hospitals, primary care providers, specialists, behavioral and home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The system has a global presence with programs in Canada, Jordan and Bermuda.

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