Geriatrician Opportunity - Spokane VA Medical Center - Outstanding VA Benefits Package

Employer
Department of Veterans Affairs
Location
Spokane, Washington
Posted
Dec 28, 2018
Closes
Dec 28, 2019
Ref
1967732
Specialty
Geriatrics
Hours
Full Time
Position Type
Permanent
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The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington (Spokane VA) is seeking a full-time physician with Geriatrics experience to support our Veteran population. The preferred candidate will be board certified or board eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. Candidates trained in Rehabilitation Medicine who have experience in delivery in Geriatric and Hospice and Palliative Medicine are also encouraged to apply.

The physician's principle responsibilities will involve joining a team of providers who manage the comprehensive, interdisciplinary clinical care delivered to veterans in the Spokane VA's Community Living Center (CLC).

The CLC is a 38-bed unit which serves a diverse group of veterans with needs ranging from acute rehabilitation to skilled nursing to hospice services. The physician's additional duties will include but are not limited to

  1. Providing consultation services in Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and/or Hospice Medicine within the Spokane VA system, including the acute care hospital, urgent care center, and primary care services;
  2. Leading the delivery of VA's multidisciplinary Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) program services;
  3. Supporting the Graduate Medical Education mission of the Spokane VA;
  4. Assisting the Geriatric, Rehabilitation & Extended Care (GREC) Department in the development and delivery of high quality health care services.

Additionally, the physician will work closely with our team of dedicated health care professionals to assure compliance with rational, regional, and local VA performance standards, and may serve on local committees as deemed necessary in support of the facility mission.

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Key Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be B/E or B/C
  • Must have full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in ANY U.S. State

Community, Facility and Organization
 
The Spokane VA Medical Center is dedicated to providing quality health care services to veterans. In carrying out this mission, the VAMC focuses on providing primary and secondary care, with emphasis on preventive health and chronic disease management.
 
The VAMC operates 46 hospital beds and 38 rehabilitation-oriented nursing home beds. A mobile clinic, outfitted with two exam rooms, provides selected primary care services to veterans living in remote areas outside the metropolitan Spokane area.
 
Spokane is responsible for coordinating access to the full health care benefits package for enrolled veterans. To this end, the VAMC coordinates referrals to the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and VAMC Portland for tertiary care, as well as utilizing community health care resources.
 
Sharing agreements exist with the 92nd Medical Group at Fairchild Air Force Base, Indian Health Services for Native Americans, and the Idaho and Washington State Departments of Veterans Affairs for the care of state home residents in Lewiston, ID, and Spokane.
 
Spokane is the second-largest city in Washington, the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis, and a center for both commercial and cultural pursuits. While Spokane is a very pleasant city with a beautiful park, excellent museum, a downtown historic district, great hotels, and excellent restaurants, it isn't really a tourist destination. However, its proximity to Lake Coeur d'Alene and several Idaho ski areas makes it a jumping-off point for explorations of the northern Idaho Rocky Mountains.
 
For thousands of years, Native Americans lived along the Spokane River, and it was at Spokane Falls that the Spokan-ee tribe congregated each year to catch salmon. When the first explorers and fur traders arrived in 1807, it was near these falls that they established a trading post where they could barter with the Native Americans for beaver pelts. Spokan House (the original spelling had no letter e), established in 1810 downriver from Spokane Falls, became the first settlement in the area, but not until 1872 was a settlement established at the falls themselves. When the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1881, the town of Spokan Falls became the most important town in the region. However, in the summer of 1889, the city's downtown commercial district was destroyed by fire. Within 2 years, the city had fully recovered from the fire and also changed the spelling of its name.

Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave – you can carry over up to 86 days into a new year
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation – unused sick leave can be used to extend creditable service time at retirement!
  • 10 Federal holidays per year with pay
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses

Insurance:

  • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available.
  • Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
  • Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government.
  • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:

  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
  • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
  • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
  • Disability Retirement
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ service

About the VA

Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care programs, across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

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