Physician (Chief of Staff)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 7/17/2020
Description The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, is seeking an outstanding Chief Of Staff candidate to join our team to achieve great things in an innovative clinical, research, and teaching environment. As an executive leader, you will serve to formulate advanced operations plans, establish quality improvement, and fiscal productivity, while building relationships among academic and DOD partners.The Chief of Staff is responsible for the management and delivery of patient centered, high quality at this 152-authorized bed 5-Star tertiary care teaching hospital dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care and services to more than 75,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. This level 1a facility, which is one of the fastest growing VAMC's in the U.S. for percent unique patients growth provides the full range of inpatient and outpatient care including Medical and Surgical Intensive Care, and Medical/Surgical, and has five Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) and an annex in North Charleston, SC. CBOCs located in: Beaufort, SC, Goose Creek, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Savannah, GA, and Hinesville, GA. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a part of VA Southeast Network VISN 7. Charleston VAMC is currently ranked 6th for quality amongst all VAMC's. The facility also has a 7th best efficiency ranking, and scored 89.27% in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) - an independent review of standardized measures across 90% of U.S. health plans and facilities in both the public and private sectors. The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC is a leader in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Care and Mental Health Care, and provides comprehensive health care with services including Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Women's Health, Cardiology, Oncology, Nephrology, and Pulmonary. The facility is a national leader in Tele-Mental Health, providing evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD, etc. Charleston VAMC also has an extensive Homeless Program including such services as Compensated Work Therapy and the Housing and Urban Development-VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) program. The VAMC's Research Program has more than 96 investigators involved in 300+ projects funded at $35.5M. This individual will serve as a change agent, promoting change to the facility quality, cost effective patient care. The Chief of Staff will participate in the numerous training programs sponsored by the Ralph H. Johnson VA and affiliated academic organizations so the preferred candidate must have the academic experience to warrant a faculty appointment at our affiliate, the Medical University of SC. Requirements for appointment can be reviewed at the following web address:

The position is in Charleston, SC - tucked along the Atlantic coastline and amid the ever-bustling Harbor, Historic Downtown Charleston is the mecca of this historic city, housing various art galleries, boutiques, and historic sites along with renowned medical centers such as the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), our academic affiliate partner. For more information, visit

Work Schedule: 7:30AM - 4:00PM, Monday through Friday with overtime, weekend, and holiday work as needed.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

****Recruitment/Relocation Incentive MAY BE approved for highly qualified candidate.****

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this position, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirement, and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services Office.

***THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED. IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE. 1ST CUTOFF DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS 8/3/2020. AFTER THAT DATE, APPLICATIONS WILL BE REFERRED AS REQUESTED BY MANAGEMENT.***Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: Board Certification in respective specialty

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: The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing, and lifting of claim files which can be multiple volumes. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Functions as a Physician. Will provide comprehensive primary care services to a defined panel of patients. Duties include history taking, physical examination, ordering laboratories and diagnostic studies, diagnosis and formulation of treatment plans for acute and chronic conditions within the scope of Medicine practice.
Opportunity Type

Volunteer Opportunity

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