Interior Health is looking for an Executive Medical Director, Clinical Operations IH South to join and be a key member of the Medicine & Quality senior leadership team.
Executive Medical Directors (EMDs) in the Medicine and Quality portfolio provide strategic and operational advice to all medical services in Interior Health in dyad relationships. The Executive Medical Director, Clinical Operations IH South works in dyad partnership with Clinical Operations and provides leadership and support for medical staff and operational services across the IH South region, including Central and South Okanagan as well as Kootenay Boundary. This position also provides leadership and support for medical staff for Transport within IH.
Led by a forward-thinking leadership team focused on innovation and giving people room to grow, we are looking for people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live, work and play.
Vision, Mission & Values and Strategic Priorities
As a top 100 BC Employer, we also offer one of the best benefits packages in Canada, including Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, a defined pension plan and paid vacation starting at 4 weeks to a maximum of 7 weeks annually.
This position can be based in Kelowna or in any of the beautiful communities within the Interior Health South region.
About the Role
The Executive Medical Director (EMD) provides senior medical administrative input into decision-making in relation to strategic and operational matters of the Executive Medical Group. The EMD provides leadership, direction, and support to the Chiefs of Staff (COS), Department Heads, and Medical Directors. The EMD builds the capacity for effective medical staff governance, integrated leadership, and physician engagement and improves the quality of medical care within Interior Health (IH) by collaborating directly with physicians, other healthcare professionals, portfolios, committees, and medical governance groups.
How you will make an Impact
1. Collaborative Leadership
• Leads within the “One IH” strategy.
• Models integrated leadership by working effectively with administrative counterparts.
• Supports any aligned Vice President (VP) by ensuring that physician-related issues in the VP’s portfolio are addressed.
• Works collaboratively with VP portfolios on the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans.
• Through physician engagement, facilitates the achievement of VPs operational and strategic objectives.
• Informs VP portfolios of Medical Staff issues, plans, or processes that may significantly impact the management of those portfolios.
• Participates on provincial committees as an IH or Ministry of Health (MOH) representative, as directed by the VP, Medicine and Quality.
• Collaborates with the Southern Medical Program and the UBC Faculty of Medicine to facilitate successful achievement of the academic mandate.
• Considers the UBC and IH academic perspectives in strategy, planning, and promotion of clinical teaching and/or research opportunities and the recruitment of academic physicians.
2. Medicine and Quality Portfolio
• Participates in the development and implementation of the strategic plan for the VP, Medicine and Quality Portfolio.
• Attends and participates fully in the Portfolio’s Senior Leadership Team and Executive Medical Group meetings.
• Based on clearly-defined leadership accountabilities, mentors and develops physician leaders, including Chiefs of Staff, Program Medical Directors, and other senior physician leaders.
• Ensures that regular performance reviews are undertaken and utilized to guide work planning for all direct reports within the assigned portfolio.
• Through supervision and support, facilitates physician leaders (Chiefs of Staff, Department Heads, and Medical Directors) to successfully achieve their governance roles, as outlined in IH’s Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules, and Policies.
• Collaboratively develops a succession plan for each senior physician-leadership position.
3. Medical Staff Health Human Resources (HHR)
• In collaboration with the HHR EMD Lead and the Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee (HAMAC) Executive, participates in the development of an IH physician HHR plan.
• Ensures implementation of a standardized and effective credentialing and privileging process for all applicants to IH facilities in compliance with the provincial direction of the Physician Quality Assurance Steering Committee (PQASC) and with IH Medical Staff By-laws, Rules, and Policies.
• Ensures standardized physician impact assessments are undertaken and approved by site administrative and medical leaders for all applicants to the Medical Staff before recommending them for privileges.
• In compliance with the Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules and Policies, ensures that adequate processes exist at the LMAC and RMAC levels for the periodic review of Medical Staff for reappointment or changes in privileges.
• In collaboration with the Corporate Director, Medical Affairs supports the development and implementation of an effective physician compensation plan, including contract, MOCAP, and NITAOP management.
• Collaborates in the recruitment and retention of Medical Staff by consistently applying IH policies and providing pertinent HHR advice.
4. Medical Governance
• On behalf of the Board of Directors, ensures the effective functioning and strategic development of Medical Advisory Committees (MACs) and their leadership.
• Facilitates achievement of the MAC mandate as outlined in the Medical Staff Rules, Part 2.
• Mentors and directs COS and Department Heads in assuring compliance with Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules, and Policies and in appropriate application of the IH Disruptive Physician Policy and Procedure.
• Assists and provides oversight to the COS or Medical Directors in the management of stage two and three disciplinary proceedings.
• Ensures that Medical Staff Peer Reviews and Performance Evaluations are undertaken by the COS, Department Heads, and Medical Directors at regular intervals in alignment with direction from PQASC.
5. Portfolio Management
• Manages the assigned EMD budget and administers the resources therein.
• In collaboration with the Executive Assistant, Medicine and Quality, leads and manages assigned medical administration support staff in keeping with IH Human Resources policies and procedures.
• With the assistance of the Communications and Public Engagement Portfolio, deals with the public, media, and other interest groups on matters affecting EMD portfolios.
• Collaborates with the Chief Medical Office, Quality & Patient Safety and the Corporate Director, Quality, Risk, and Accreditation regarding:
o the engagement of physicians and physician leaders in the Quality, Risk, and Accreditation (QRA) strategic plan.
o the development of an integrated process to address patient safety concerns and critical incident reviews, including a strategy to share learning across the Health Authority.
o the engagement of physicians in the Accreditation Canada process.
• Ensures, through the COS, that departments undertake regular quality reviews and report them up through their local multi-disciplinary quality committees or local MAC.
• Assists the Quality, Risk, and Accreditation portfolio in organizing the investigation of critical incidents as requested.
• Completes other tasks as required from time to time by the VP, Medicine and Quality.
Honouring Interior Health’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preferential consideration and/or hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).
Education, Training, and Experience
• Current licensure as an MD in BC.
• A Master’s degree in hospital, healthcare, business administration, or an equivalent degree is preferred.
• A minimum of 10 years of clinical practice experience and at least 5 years of progressively more responsible leadership experience in a healthcare environment.
Demonstrates all LEADS Capabilities, in particular:
• Leads Self/Cultural Agility – self-awareness, demonstrates character; noticing and adapting to cultural uniqueness to create a sense of safety for all.
• Engages Others/Empathy – fosters the development of others, communicates effectively, builds effective teams, listens with heart rather than reacting.
• Achieves Results/Process Orientation – sets direction, strategically aligns decisions with vision, values & evidence, accepting that use of process orientation and a ‘good relationship’ are concrete deliverables.
• Develops Coalitions/Building a Trust-Based Relationship – builds partnerships & networks to create results, demonstrates a commitment to customers & service, navigates socio-political environments, building personal relationships in addition to professional ones, participating in open exchanges of experiences and culture.
• System Transformation/Credible Champion – demonstrates systems/critical thinking, strategically oriented to the future, champions & orchestrates change, remains self-aware and maintains effective relationships, shows courage and conviction in advocating for change for the betterment of Aboriginal people.
Skills and Abilities
• Analytical ability to conceptualize well in unstructured, dynamic, and/or multidisciplinary environments where analysis, foresight, intuition, and mature judgment are required.
• Knowledge of fundamental theories, principles, and practices that lead to solutions for unusual or unprecedented problems.
• Communication and interpersonal skills necessary for frequent contact with internal and external stakeholders.
• Ability to persuade and negotiate in controversial or sensitive situations, with the ability to exercise almost complete discretion in how and what to communicate.
• Leadership skills, including a demonstrated willingness to pursue leadership roles with increasing levels of accountability; comfort with decision-making responsibilities; coaching, teaching, and counseling skills; and the ability to inspire and build confidence in others while forging alliances and garnering support.
• An in-depth knowledge of regulations and guidelines related to areas of responsibility.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.
Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.