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Physician Pulmonologist - Pulmonary / Critical Care

St. Charles Health System
Bend, OR
Closing date
Apr 5, 2024

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Specialty / Focus
Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine
Position Type
Practice Setting
Hospital / Health System

TITLE: Pulmonologist - Pulmonary/Critical Care

REPORTS TO POSITION: St. Charles Chief Clinical Officer or Designee

DEPARTMENT: SCMG Pulmonary Medicine Clinic

DATE LAST REVIEWED: February 8, 2024

OUR VISION: Creating America's healthiest community, together.

OUR MISSION: In the spirit of love and compassion, better health, better care, better value

OUR VALUES: Accountability, Caring and Teamwork

DEPARTMENTAL SUMMARY: The St. Charles Pulmonary Medicine clinic deals with the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases affecting the lungs. The clinic sees patients impacted by many conditions, including ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer and various other conditions. St. Charles Bend operates a 24-bed multi-disciplinary care unit as part of level II trauma hospital with 24/7 trauma coverage and full-time neurosurgical and cardiac surgical coverage. The prospective candidate should be comfortable providing care for these patients. The Bend ICU is staffed 24/7 with a board-certified critical care physician from St Charles Medical Group and Bend Memorial Clinic. Every patient in the ICU has a physician in charge of their care, and highly specialized physicians consult on a patient's condition. St Charles Health System follows Lean Principles to improve and sustain quality care.


Outpatient: Physician provides consultation and treatment to patients in the outpatient Pulmonary Clinic, and the inpatient setting. In this role, the physician will provide feedback and patient education to the patients and their families and demonstrate excellence in all facets of patient care and meet or exceed compliance standards. Diagnose and treat conditions of the respiratory system, including the lungs, bronchial tubes and chest areas affected by conditions of the airways. Physician will perform bronchoscopy, EBUS and thoracentesis procedures and interpret PFT and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

Critical Care: Physician exercises independent judgement in selection and performance of critical care evaluations for patients. Physician works in accordance with methods and practices of the medical profession and established administrative policies as an expert in the field of critical care medicine. The quality of the professional work is evaluated using quality management, performance improvement, and patient safety principles, policies, and regulations as mandated by the Joint Commission and St Charles Health System.

Work schedule: This position is split between pulmonary and critical care. Clinic Manager will coordinate all schedules with Pulmonary Site Lead and ICU Medical Director.

Critical Care: Day shift is 7am - 6pm and Night shift is 6pm - 7am. The number of day vs night shifts the physician will cover the ICU is at the discretion of the ICU Director.

Outpatient: Pulmonary clinic is Monday through Friday. Shifts in the clinic will generally be four 10-hour days scheduled as a blend of hospital rounding, procedures and scheduled clinic visits.

Call expectation: Physician is expected to participate in the clinic call rotation which is shared equally by all physicians aligned with the hospital call duties. Physician is also expected to participate in the inpatient hospital pulmonary call rotation which is shared equally by all pulmonary physicians in the community with hospital privileges.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES: (May perform additional duties of similar complexity within SCHS as required or assigned)

Clinical Expectations: Physician will perform bronchoscopy, EBUS and thoracentesis procedures and interpret PFT and nocturnal oximetry. Serves as a board-certified physician in critical care medicine responsible for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients in intensive care unit. Manages and consults in the intensive care unit on a wide array of medical and surgical critically ill patient problems, including (but not limited to) all types of shock, serious and life-threatening respiratory and vital organ disorders, and failure(s), metabolic and drug related toxic syndromes, and infections. This management and consultative activity include diagnosis and treatment of these problems in a timely, safe, evidence-based, and effective manner.
  • Practice and role model excellence in the pulmonary care domains of diagnosis, aligning treatment goals to patient values, definitive treatment, supportive care treatment, follow-up care, promote good health and prevent illness.
  • Performs comprehensive histories and physical exams and identifies normal and abnormal findings, including physical, cognitive, and psychosocial status.
  • Performs advanced procedures consistent with privileges and competency validation, including but not limited to: lumbar puncture, chest tubes, thoracentesis, paracentesis, arterial lines, central lines.
  • Orders and interprets laboratory and diagnostic tests.
  • Develops pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatment plans. Monitors effectiveness of plan of care.
  • Educates patients and families on injuries and treatment plans. Performs procedures as trained and appropriately credentialed.
  • Collaborates and/or consults with physicians and other health care providers as appropriate. Educates, counsels, and assists patients and families regarding current health problems, health maintenance activities and preventive behaviors.
  • Manages therapeutic regimen as outlined by established protocols for patients with acute illnesses.
  • Reassesses and modifies plan as necessary to achieve medical and health goals.
  • Documents reassessment and response to treatment to determine effectiveness of plan of care. Performs routine bedside or clinical procedures.
  • Performs noninvasive and invasive diagnostic and supportive procedures such as airway management and intubation, mechanical ventilation, central venous access, hemodynamic and vital organ monitoring, and supportive organ failure procedures.
  • Provides counseling and teaching, related to the management and prevention of disease, for patients and family members.
  • Serves as liaison with discharge planners or with other agencies providing post-hospital care; accurately completes patient discharge instructions and/or discharge summaries.
  • Provides emergency care, as required, according to basic life support and advances cardiac life support protocols.
  • Responsible for diagnosing and treating conditions of the respiratory system, including the lungs, bronchial tubes and chest areas affected by conditions of the airways.
  • Provide treatment to referred patients for treatment of problems or disorders that they may be having with their respiratory tract. This can include problems with breathing, airway problems and problems with the lungs.
  • Practice and role model excellence in the pulmonary care domains of diagnosis, aligning treatment goals to patient values, definitive treatment, supportive care treatment, follow-up care, promote good health and prevent illness.
  • Practice of medicine within the scope of license, training, and credentialing. Cooperate with other SCHS physicians and caregivers to insure optimal patient care.
  • Collaborate with other members of the pulmonary care interdisciplinary team and referring providers to ensure a world-class patient experience.
  • Bronchoscopies for diagnostic purposes and includes endobronchial ultrasound.
  • Thoracentesis
  • Pulmonary function test interpretation
  • Inpatient pulmonary consultations
  • Calculates dosages and administers medications accurately in accordance with SCHS policies and procedures for medication administration.
  • Delivers first-rate customer service and/or patient care in a manner that promotes goodwill, and is timely, efficient and accurate, and courteous.
  • Keep medical knowledge and skills current through regular CME activity. Must attest to having obtained 60 hours of Category 1 continuing medical education (CME) relevant to the practitioner's current medical practice over the prior two-year period of work.
  • Keep all licenses and appropriate certifications current and unrestricted.
  • Maintain active privileges at a St. Charles Health System hospital sufficient to permit performance of job duties.
  • Increase understanding and collaboration throughout the medical community regarding provider's chosen specialty.
  • Participate in SCMG physicians' meetings and assist in policy formation for SCMG and Physician's practice.
  • Provide a therapeutic presence in service to others by purposefully responding to the needs of patients/customers in a caring way.
  • This includes introducing oneself and stating your purpose, asking the patient their preferred name, spending time with the patient to determine their care goals, active listening, and using skillful communications (appropriate touch, eye contact, etc.).
  • Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, supporting the health system's corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violations of applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all health system's investigations and proceedings.

Administrative Expectations: Documents within the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and completes other necessary documents. Document all patient care in the proper form and in a timely manner in compliance with hospital policies and regulatory agencies. Be familiar with the SCMG organization structure, communications systems and billing process, completing billing and coding documentation within time assigned by SCMG administration.

Behavioral Expectations: Participates in creating a healing environment that supports all aspects of the care environment and the wholeness of each individual, patient and caregiver. Participates in creating intentional relationships and put a high level of focus on attitudes and behaviors that enhance the care experience. Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers, patients, and guests. Conducts all activities with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality.


  • Graduation from an accredited medical school.
  • Successful completion of an accredited residency program in pulmonary medicine and critical care


  • Oregon license as MD/DO
  • Board certified or eligible in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care. To be board certified or qualified to sit for the boards in primary area of practice at the Hospital. Those applicants who are not board certified at the time of application but who have completed their residency or fellowship training are required to become board certified within seven years of residency or fellowship training.
  • Valid driver's license and the ability to meet SCHS driving requirements.
  • Maintain unrestricted DEA number.
  • Maintain unrestricted ability to participate in Medicare / Medicaid, or other federal or state governmental health care programs.
  • Current BLS and ACLS certification required.

  • Required: Completion of a certified training program

  • >2 years' experience in hospital and outpatient practice environments providing care in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the job safely.

  • Must have excellent communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse population and professionally represent SCHS.
  • Strong team working and collaborative skills. Ability to multi-task and work independently. Attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication and customer service skills, particularly in dealing with stressful personal interactions.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel and Access), database management, and document preparation.

  • Continually (75% or more): Use of clear and audible speaking voice and the ability to hear normal speech level.
  • Frequently (50%): Sitting, standing, walking, lifting 1-10 pounds, keyboard operation.
  • Occasionally (25%): Bending, climbing stairs, reaching overhead, carrying/pushing or pulling 1-10 pounds, grasping/squeezing.
  • Rarely (10%): Stooping/kneeling/crouching, lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling 11-15 pounds, operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Never (0%): Climbing ladder/step-stool, lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling 25-50 pounds, ability to hear whispered speech level.
  • Exposure to Elemental Factors
  • Never (0%): Heat, cold, wet/slippery area, noise, dust, vibration, chemical solution, uneven surface.
  • Blood-Borne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Category No Risk for Exposure to BBP

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