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Medical Director of Specialty Care, San Mateo, CA

Organization: San Mateo Medical Center
Category: Medical Director
Location: San Mateo, CA
Date Job Posted: July 15, 2021
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San Mateo Medical Center
$237,848.00 - $297,294.40 Annually

At San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC), we're always seeking ways to enhance the already impressive services we offer. This dedication to excellence is reflected in the exceptional care we provide, and the extraordinary professionals who provide it. Here, you'll have the chance to develop your talents with a skilled team of people who actively support and encourage each other's success. If you're ready to open new doors for your career, join us today!

San Mateo Medical Center has an exciting opportunity for a Medical Director of Specialty Care. San Mateo Medical Center is an integrated delivery system of healthcare focused on the needs of the underserved, within San Mateo County Health, our system of care. SMMC serves as a key provider within the Health Plan of San Mateo's (HPSM) public/private network. Our integrated delivery system includes a fully accredited acute care hospital that provides Emergency Medical Services, a 7-bed ICU, a general medical/surgical unit (62-bed capacity), Psychiatric Emergency Services, acute inpatient psychiatry (34 beds), an on-campus skilled nursing unit (32 beds); and 9 Primary Care clinics located across the County's diverse and dispersed population.

The Medical Director of Specialty Care will plan, organize, direct, and administer specialty services within San Mateo County Health; recommend, develop, implement, and evaluate goals, objectives, policies, and procedures related to those operations; participate in the overall management of division and interdivision issues; coordinate services with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provide highly complex staff assistance to higher level management.

A Medical Director is distinguished from a Supervising Physician in that the Manager is responsible for directing and administering a large complex medical component or several complex components of a medical, psychiatric, or public health program, and participating in the overall management of division and inter-division issues. In addition, the Specialty Care Medical Director will direct, administer, and coordinate the medical component of San Mateo County Health's inpatient and outpatient specialty care services. Incumbent will receive general direction from the Chief Medical Officer, and exercise direct and indirect supervision over all levels of medical/professional, technical, and support staff.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop strategic vision for all Medical and Surgical Subspecialties.
  • Provide overall management of all Medical and Surgical Subspecialty Services.
  • In concert with the Medical Staff Office, develop standards of care for subspecialty providers.
  • Recommend, develop, implement, and evaluate goals, objectives, policies, and procedures related to Specialty Services.
  • Ensure Specialty Services meets its overall goals in the areas of quality and safety, patient experience, staff experience and financial stewardship.
  • Provide surveillance and planning for improvement of medical care.
  • Act as a formal liaison between SMMC Administration and specialty providers.
  • Work closely Nursing Administration to ensure excellent patient care, including safe transfer procedures.
  • Ensure 24/7 on-call coverage in place for all Specialties for the ED, inpatient, and OR services.
  • Serve as a member of the San Mateo Medical Center medical staff and ensure adherence to the medical staff by-laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Supervise all levels of medical, professional, technical and support staff; incumbent will provide direct supervision for Supervising Physicians and Supervising Nurse Practitioners in Specialty Clinics, Medical/Surgical Inpatient services, Keller Center for Family Violence, and OB/GYN, including responsibility for selection, performance evaluation, and corrective action.
  • Contribute to the contracting process for Specialty Providers.
  • Review and evaluate administrative and patient care policies and procedures.
  • Participate in in-service training programs.
  • Provide expert consultation and information to administration regarding assigned program's ability to meet the psychosocial, medical, and physical needs of patients and their families.
  • Review and evaluate incident reports, identify hazards, and make recommendations to administration.
  • Orient consulting physicians in protocols and procedures.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Direct and coordinate Lean process improvement events within Specialty Services.
  • Work closely with the Deputy Director of Ambulatory Services, Chief Nursing Officer, and Chief Medical Officer in ensuring compliance with modern specialty care services, including but not limited to ideal team-based care, optimal use of ambulatory electronic health records, smooth transitions of care, and appropriate medical resource utilization.

The ideal candidate will have an MD or DO; at least three years of leadership experience; completion of a residency program; and current Board Certification or eligibility for certification in family practice, internal medicine (or related subspecialty) or surgical subspecialty.


The position offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package which includes County funded malpractice insurance, retirement pension plans and health benefits for retirees. An additional 5% increase in salary for each qualifying Board certification up to two (2) Boards, administrative leave time at 5 hours per pay period up to 260 hours that can be cashed out up to 50% each Spring, and a wellness program, including exercise classes, worksite massage, and an onsite gym.

Final Filing Date: Applicants are encouraged to apply early as this recruitment is Open and Continuous and may close at any time after or on July 21, 2021, at 11:59 PM.

To learn more about this amazing career opportunity and how to apply, read our job posting at: Applications are only accepted online.

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