Genetic Counselor (Hybrid)

Location: Winchester, MA
Job ID: 172585-1A
Date Posted: Jul 20, 2022
Category: Clinical Professional

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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: As part of the multidisciplinary outpatient Oncology team, contributes to the Hospital’s mission by providing expertise in clinical genetics, its best practices and ethical issues and by counseling and communicating with patients/clients regarding genetic testing procedures and results. This clinical staff position will have an impact on improving quality and patient satisfaction by providing accurate and empathetic genetic counseling services. This position will also have an impact on the hospital’s fiscal stability by growing its genetic services throughout the community.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

Required: Masters degree in genetic counseling

Experience:

Required: Two years of work experience in a healthcare setting.

Preferred: Genetic counseling experience. Experience in developing genetic counseling policies and procedures.

Other Skills/Knowledge:

Required:

  • Strong computer skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to present to groups and individuals and market the program
  • 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

G. LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS:

Required: Certified Genetic Counselor

POPULATION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Adult & Geriatric

OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS: Professional Commitment Requirements: Keep current with developments in the field and/or licensure through continuing education, participation in professional organizations or a combination of both.

Schedule requirements: Based on department needs, combination of remote & in office

Travel requirements: Expected to travel throughout the community to market the program to physicians and others

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:

  •  Reports to the Winchester Hospital Director of Hematology/Oncology
  • Is an active member of the Lahey Cancer Services Genetic Counseling team, including other GCs from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and its affiliates
  • Not responsible for supervising others. May direct the work of others.

 PROMISE COMMITMENT

When patients enter Winchester Hospital, they are entrusting us with a responsibility that is otherwise normally their own--the responsibility for their health, well-being, and often, their lives. To honor that trust, all Winchester Hospital employees are expected to demonstrate the PROMISE behaviors of Winchester Hospital in every encounter with patients, coworkers, and the community. PROMISE is an acronym for the following:

Promoting Teamwork

Respect

Ownership

Maintaining a Positive Attitude

Initiative

Safety and Quality

Empathy

All Winchester Hospital employees are expected to exemplify the PROMISE behaviors.

COMPLIANCE COMMITTMENT

Winchester Hospital maintains a Compliance Program to ensure that employees comply with all laws, regulations and Joint Commission and other licensure and accreditation standards that apply to our business. The Code of Business Conduct is a vital part of the Compliance Program. Employees must be familiar with the Compliance Program and Code of Business Conduct and must comply with their requirements, and the requirements of any other laws and regulations, policies and procedures affecting the performance of their job. If applicable, employees are expected to comply with standards of conduct outlined by the oversight organization(s) of their profession.

Consistent with the PROMISE principles and inherent in a clinical environment, employees must be flexible in meeting patients’ and the Hospital’s needs. While the list below describes the primary functions of this job, all employees at Winchester Hospital recognize that an essential element of their job is the ability to respond to unanticipated and/or changing situations. This may result in assuming responsibilities or tasks which are not on this list.

As part of the Oncology team, this position functions in the dual capacity of:

Genetic Counselor:

  • Collaborates with providers to identify appropriate patients & deliver care
  • Educates patients and family members on the nature of genetic evaluations and testing. Discusses available options, explaining the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing and its clinical assessments. Analyzes data and clinical information to guide decision making.
  • Provides empathic decision support in an unbiased, non-coercive manner that respects and appreciates each clients’ uniqueness.
  • Networks clients/patients to appropriate resources such as support groups and ancillary services. Advocates for clients in accessing services. Communicates client’s needs to the patient care team as appropriate and within confidentiality preferences and requirements.
  • Completes required paperwork as part of the billing and/or referral/preauthorization documentation as required by healthcare payors, to streamline and expedite the reimbursement process for the Hospital and for our clients/patients.
  • Documents accurately, legibly and timely according to established guidelines.
  • Utilizes evidence-based research and best practice knowledge of genetic counseling to assist the Oncology and multidisciplinary teams in improving clinical outcomes.
  • Maintains the highest level of ethical standards as genetic counseling has significant confidentially and potentially moral dilemmas for our patients/clients.

Program Coordinator:

  • Ensures the department’s genetic counseling services operate consistent with best practices and in compliance with the fields’ professional standards and regulatory requirements, including but not limited to Commission on Cancer, The Joint Commission, Department of Public Health, and NCCN.
  • Develops and annually reviews/revises genetic counseling services related policies and procedures for appropriateness and compliance.
  • Acts as the program expert should regulatory or other surveys be conducted.
  • Strives to create an outstanding experience for patients and their loved ones.
  • Markets the genetic counseling program and Winchester Hospital Oncology Services internally & externally, builds effective relationships with referring providers and partner organizations.
  • Identifies and recommends opportunities to grow and strengthen the program.
  • Performs outreach to keep Winchester Hospital’s cancer program and the genetic counseling program visible in the community.
  • With approval, may participate in or lead clinical research initiatives.
  • Collaborates with colleagues and uses performance improvement methodologies to constantly improve processes.

Shift

Full Time -Hybrid Role

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

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