Job Description

Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966.  Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.

Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities.  Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its three hospitals: Ben Taub, LBJ and Quentin Mease.

Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its three hospitals — Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Skills / Requirements

Job Summary
Under the direction of the Director, Simulation Education the Simulation Technologist will provide technical, mechanical, and administrative support for the Harris Health System simulation program using industry standards and established best practices. This individual will be responsible for the audiovisual equipment, inventory, support, maintenance and setup, computer software support, as well as the care of the manikins and other training equipment used in simulation.

Minimum Qualifications:
Degrees:
BS degree in a related field such as Computer Science (preferred), Management Information Technology etc.
BS degree in a Healthcare discipline or Medical Technology

Associates Degree in Healthcare Field:
*Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Licensed Vocational Nurse

Combination of education, training and/or experience, which can be demonstrated to result in possession of the qualifications necessary to perform the duties of this position.

Licensure & Certification:
a. Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) preferred. Commitment to obtain CHSOS within two years of hire date.
b. Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) or Red Cross approved program.

Work Experience:
a. Minimum two years' experience in healthcare simulation including maintenance, repair, and technical support of simulation equipment and/or medical device systems in a large healthcare delivery setting, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
b. Mechanical skills to competently maintain and use equipment in the simulation center.
c. Familiarity with anesthesia machines, physiological monitoring system, infant incubators, ventilators, Pyxis, and other common medical device systems.
d. Clinical knowledge and experience working in a healthcare related field such as EMT, paramedic, or other allied health profession certification and training.
e. Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) to interact with and work effectively with other faculty, staff, students, and vendors in a positive, helpful and cooperative working relationship.
f. Experience with providing technical support in networking, computer hardware or software.
g. Familiarity with PC platforms with experience in MS Office and the ability to learn additional software programs, including audiovisual and computerized simulation equipment.
h. Knowledge of operation of standard audio-visual equipment: mounted cameras, portable cameras, projectors, microphones, portable screens, media players, etc.
i. Organizational and time management skills to keep materials in order, track various projects, maintain files, and follow through assignments to completion.
j. Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
k. Ability to learn new technology quickly.
l. Ability to express technical information clearly and simply to non-technical persons.
m. Availability to work evening/weekends (rarely).
n. Physical ability to lift, move, maintain and set up computer, audio-visual and simulation lab equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. without assistance

Communication Skills: Writing/Composing, Correspondence/Reports

Proficiencies: PC, MS Word

Job Attributes

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Analytical, Mathematic, Medical Terms

Work Schedule: Weekends, Holidays, Flexible, Travel

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