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Gastroenterologist - Inpatient or Outpatient

Employer
Benefis Healthcare
Location
Great Falls, Montana
Closing date
Nov 13, 2023

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Specialty
Gastroenterology
Hours
Full Time
Position Type
Permanent

Benefis Health System is looking to add a full time and a part time physician to an established GI hospitalist practice in Great Falls, Montana. The practice serves 80,000 Great Falls residents as well as 275,000 residents across north central Montana.  We have opportunity for Inpatient GI Hospitalist, or traditional outpatient, no call

Additionally we are expanding to Helena, MT, our state capital just 1 hour south, and will have a multi-specialty center with a GI specific set up for a busy outpatient endoscopy practice if desired.

Currently, we employ 2 traditional GI Physicians, 2 full time GI Hospitalists (1 departing), various per diem GI Hospitalists (filling 10.4 weeks/year) 1 Inpatient PA-C, and 2 outpatient Advanced Practice Providers. Applicants must be board eligible/certified.  ERCP is required for inpatient, but not for outpatient

Procedures:

  • Colonoscopies
  • EGDs
  • ERCPs
  • EUS (optional)
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopies
  • PEG tube placements

Schedule for Inpatient Hospitalist Opportunity:

  • Hospital employed, full time = 146 shifts annually (20.8 weeks) or part time = 73 shifts annually (10.4 wks)
    • Flexible schedule: full time partner physician works 3 weeks on 5 weeks off
  • Average of 6 cases per day (range of about 2-9)
  • Typically in house from approximately 7 am – 4 pm
  • While this position does take 24 hour call, our ER and ICU overnight teams typically understand urgent/emergent GI cases can wait until morning and do not typically call unless emergent during late night/overnight hours
  • Experienced PA-C to help with weekday consults and rounding
  • Dedicated M-F block to complete urgent/emergent procedures and dedicated Sunday block from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, working with endoscopy staff to complete weekend cases
  • Additional opportunity for outpatient lab time during off stretch is available but not required

Schedule for Outpatient Traditional Opportunity:

  • Hospital employed, full time, flexible schedule, 8 weeks paid time off, no call
  • Current Gastroenterologists are spending the majority of their time in endoscopy doing 12-16 cases/day based on preference and complexity and there is opportunity for additional volume if desired (endoscopy is staffed M-F 7:00 am-5:00 pm)
  • Clinic is located within a 5 minute walk from the endoscopy suite and is staffed full time with an NP and a PA.  Our current physicians spend ½ - 1 day per week in clinic based on preference
  • Dedicated GI Hospitalist and PA-C take all consults and call, to do all urgent/emergent cases, consults and inpatient rounding
  • If desired, this position can be 50% outpatient and 50% inpatient (which is 24 weeks outpatient and 10.4 wks of inpatient call shifts – ERCP is required for this model)

Current Endoscopy Information:

  • Five endoscopy suites and one bronchoscopy suite located directly outside the ER and across from the main OR
  • 10 bed recovery unit
  • Olympus equipment 
  • Experienced and helpful staff of RNs and tech
  • Anesthesia services provided and GI Hospitalist had a dedicated suite
  • Designed as an ambulatory surgical center and all patients are managed within the unit with occasional procedures in the OR (based on BMI)

Future Endoscopy Information:

  • In the process of building a separate space within the hospital, completed August 2024, expanding from 9,000 SF to 22,000 SF
  • Eight endoscopy suites
  • 10 pre op and 14 post op
  • Olympus equipment
  • Experienced and helpful staff of RNs and techs
  • Anesthesia services provided and GI Hospitalist had a dedicated suite
  • Designed as an ambulatory surgical center and all patients are managed within the unit with occasional procedures in the OR (based on BMI)

How we support you:

  • Nationally competitive compensation + incentive compensation bonus
  • Generous sign-on / relocation bonus
  • Annual $5,000 CME + $1,000 license/dues
  • 8 weeks PTO in traditional model – more time away in hospitalist model
  • 5-7% retirement match + 457b program
  • Physician wellness programs focused on personal and professional development
  • Monthly meetings with highest-level physician and administrative leadership to bring ideas forward and solve issues

Community Information

Great Falls is known as Montana’s base camp for art and adventure with a city population of 60,000, and a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We have four genuine seasons, experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools, two accredited colleges, and a new not-for-profit medical school, TouroCOM Montana, opening Summer 2023 (with plans for future IM Residency). Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of our community with over 60 miles of paved recreational trails. Our local outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, off-road motor sports, and hunting making our quality of life unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West.

 

Benefis Health System is one of Montana’s largest tertiary centers holding a level II Trauma designation.  We are proud to be a standalone, financially stable community health system with strong, dedicated leadership focused on providing the best patient care in Montana, in addition to being awarded Becker’s “Best Places To Work in Healthcare” 6 years in a row.  Benefis covers ¼ of the state’s land mass, an area comparable in size to Kansas and can provide care for everything except for burns and organ transplants. We offer great specialty support including 4 neurosurgeons, a cardiothoracic and vascular program, a regional cancer institute and a brand-new emergency department with a dedicated air ambulance program, including fixed and rotor wing. 

 

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