E.D. - Patient Family Liaison - 12 hrs 11am-11:30pm/week with every 3rd weekend **Great Opportunity**

Location: Winchester, MA
Job ID: 164282-1A
Date Posted: Mar 4, 2021
Category: Support

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Winchester Hospital, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Winchester Hospital was the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. It has since received the recognition a fourth time. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery.

 

About the Job

 

JOB SUMMARY:  Contributes to the Hospital’s mission by greeting and helping patients and their family members, pre-registering patients in the tracking system and providing non-clinical assistance to the staff to improve patient flow and patient/family member satisfaction.  This customer service position may be the first face of the organization when a patient visits and can have a dramatic impact on making individuals feel welcomed, ease their anxiety, and provide host duties to make their wait as pleasant as possible. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education

Required:  High School Diploma or equivalent

 

Experience:

Required:  Prior customer service and/or experience in a health care setting

 

Other Skills/Knowledge

Required:

·        For safety and quality reasons, must be able to read, write and communicate effectively in English with patients, visitors and fellow members of the hospital team.

·        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

·        Excellent decision-making skills

Preferred:  Knowledge of Meditech

 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS:  N/A

                                    

LIFE SUPPORT CERTIFICATION REQUIRED:  N/A

 

POPULATION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:  N/A

OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS:

On-call Requirement:  N/A

Schedule Requirements:  Based on department needs

Travel Requirements: May be scheduled at either Walk-in-Urgent Care or Hospital Emergency Department

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:

·        Reports to the Nurse Manager

·        Not responsible for supervising the work of others

 

As part of the Winchester Hospital team, this position performs the following functions enthusiastically and with a smile:

 

o   Greets patients and others timely, with a smile, eye contact and in a manner that is respectful and empathetic. Introduces him/herself with title and informs the patient throughout the visit providing non-clinical services intended to make the visit as enjoyable as possible

o   Pre-registers patient into tracking system and obtains patient’s medical record unit number upon patient’s arrival to the ED Lobby. Remains current with Registration procedures for this purpose.

 

o   Accurately follows hospital policy using two identifiers to verify patient identification, when obtaining the medical record number.

o   Monitors patient wait times and proactively keeps patients and patient family members informed about expected wait times and delays. When possible, provides an explanation for the delay without jeopardizing confidentiality.  

o   Provides non-clinical feedback on patient’s status and disposition as outlined by hospital procedures and directed by the clinical staff. 

o   Enters appropriate patient information and/or diagnostics test into medical record system when requested.

o   Receives, places and transfers calls.  Takes and passes along accurate and informative messages in a timely manner, recognizing urgent or time sensitive situations. 

o   Transports and/or escorts patients and family members to appropriate ED exam/treatment room or within the waiting area. 

o   Greets and informs patient of move process and identifies patient making the patient feel informed and comforted, fulfilling all safety and quality checks and procedures.

o   Pushes occupied and unoccupied wheelchairs and stretchers.

o   Moves furniture around to accommodate the stretcher and/or wheelchair.

o   Transfers patient to and from stretcher or wheelchair.

o   Orients the patient and family members to the room. 

o   Explains call light and TV controls. 

o   Provides patient with gown and instructions on how to put it on. 

o   As patient flow allows makes rounds throughout the department including the waiting area and patient care rooms using the ED hospitality cart, providing non-clinical comfort measures to patients and their family members, such as blankets beverages, ice, etc. 

o   Seeks direction from clinical staff when appropriate. 

o   Is empathetic to patients and the families, being sensitive to their emotional, cultural and spiritual needs.

o   Assists patient/families with use of phone; maintains privacy and confidentiality of callers.

o   Includes the pediatric patient, parents and visitors in rounding, attempting to see to their comfort by providing games or other activities to occupy them and relieve the anxiety of the wait.  Involves the patients in the process.

o   When appropriate takes service recovery measures to both patients and their family members.  Informs the nurse/providers of potential service recovery issues.

o   Stocks hospitality cart and front desk supplies and obtains other supplies and equipment for staff and patients. 

o   Answers common, non-clinical/complex questions and escalates questions as appropriate.    

o   Provides general information regarding the Hospital. 

o   Informs the clinical team of patient’s non-clinical needs and requests when necessary. 

o   Directs individuals to their desired location, which may involve looking up information such as meeting/class events and patients rooms and reviewing the computer system to assess the appropriate location.

o   Provides verbal as well as written directions throughout the facility.

o   Provides telephone back up coverage, receiving and transferring calls as appropriate.  Assists patients/families with use of the phone, ensuring privacy and confidentiality.

o   Provides wheelchair and stretcher assistance as requested:

o   Greets and informs patient of move process and identifies patient making the patient feel informed and comforted, fulfilling all safety and quality checks and procedures.

o   Moves furniture around to accommodate the stretcher and/or wheelchair.

o   Provides assistance in the process of transferring patient to and from stretcher or wheelchair.

o   Coordinates patient transportation requirements as needed.  Provide telephone assistance as necessary. 

o   Provides non-clinical assistance to the staff to improve patient satisfaction, increase patient flow and improve the overall operations of the department.

o   Performs other administrative functions as needed to ensure the department runs smoothly, efficiently and seamlessly to the patients.

o   Represents the hospital professionally by wearing the ED Hospital Associate uniform and being neat.

 

On off-shifts and in the absence of an ED located Patient Registrar:

·        Interviews patients or designees to accurately and comprehensively collect patient demographic and insurance information and enters into the hospital’s informational system.  For existing patients, verifies patient identifier to ensure the correct medical record is retrieved. 

·        Researches patient insurance plan using Web software and verifies insurance eligibility

 

·              It is anticipated that the employee will have contact with blood, bodily fluids or other potentially infectious materials while performing their job duties.

·              The list below is intended to describe the physical and sensory ability requirements of the position; however those requirements may vary, sometimes considerably, based on meeting patient and operational needs.

 

Shift

12 hours, part time. 11am-11:30pm/week with every 3rd weekend.

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is an integrated system providing patients with better care wherever they are. Care informed by world-class research and education. We are doctors and nurses, technicians and social workers, innovators and educators, and so many others. All with a shared vision for what healthcare can and should be. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities in which we work and serve. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels and offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.