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Respiratory Therapist

Job ID 83854 Full / Part Time: Per Diem
Location: Greenfield, Massachusetts
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Baystate Health, a leading not-for-profit integrated health system, is transforming the delivery of health care to the communities it serves. Baystate Health (BH) is one of New England’s leading and largest integrated healthcare systems, serving more than 800,000 people throughout Western Massachusetts. With about 12,000 employees, a 1,200-member medical staff, and net patient service revenue of more than $2.3 billion, this dynamic and growing system includes an academic medical center, a children’s hospital and three community hospitals. It also includes a large multispecialty group, (Baystate Medical Practices), Baystate Home Health, Baystate Reference Laboratories, and Health New England, a 205,000-member health insurance company.

The mission of Baystate Health is “to improve the health of the people in our communities every day, with quality and compassion.” For over 130 years, Baystate has been a keystone of Western Massachusetts as it has evolved, grown, and emerged as one of the highest quality and most effective health care providers in the nation. Baystate Health was named a top 15 Health System in the country by Thompson Reuters; and is a PRC National Excellence in Healthcare Award Winner. Most recently US News and World Report ranked Baystate Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital as the only two hospitals in Massachusetts to achieve top quality ranking for five common procedures and conditions such as total joint replacement and congestive heart failure.

Baystate Health believes that the advancement of knowledge, through education and research, is essential to its mission of improving the health of the communities it serves. Baystate Medical Center has major programs in postgraduate medical education with residencies in Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Pathology, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Medicine-Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry; along with 22 fellowship programs.

Baystate Health is a forward-thinking organization. With impressive size, scope, and expertise, Baystate Health is the longtime market leader for health care services in western Massachusetts and is financially solid. However, as in most regions of the country, the healthcare landscape in western Massachusetts has shifted as a result of ever-increasing economic pressures and corresponding provider consolidation. Baystate Health is committed to its position as the key provider of tertiary level medical services to the people of Western Massachusetts. At the same time, Baystate Health has embraced a broader mission of promoting better health for the communities it serves and reducing health disparities. Baystate Health is committed to the provision of high value health care and is transforming how it delivers care and educates the next generation of physicians. One example of this is TechSpring, Baystate Health’s digital health care laboratory in downtown Springfield. Founded in June 2014, TechSpring works with entrepreneurs on ways that health care technology can fade into the background and take up less time.

In June 2015, Baystate Health established a new partnership with the UMass Medical School to develop a new regional clinical campus in Springfield, known as the University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate (UMMS-Baystate). UMMS-Baystate is now home to UMMS’ four-year Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) track, which welcomed its inaugural class of 22 medical students in Autumn 2017. Through this innovative program, the three institutions are partnering to strengthen the pipeline of new primary care physicians for the future in Western Massachusetts. These three institutions have also collaborated to create the Institute for Healthcare Delivery & Population Science, to generate and apply new knowledge to transform health care delivery and population health in support of Baystate Health’s strategic goals. The Institute conducts health services research projects in partnership with local, regional, and national stakeholders.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC), located in Greenfield, MA, is an 89-bed community hospital that joined Baystate Health in 1986. The hospital boasts a state-of-the-art surgical center and a new endoscopy center that opened in August 2017. BFMC provides high-quality inpatient and outpatient services to communities in Franklin and Hampshire counties, as well as southern Vermont. Specialized programs include wound care and hyperbaric medicine, heart and vascular care, cancer care, family-centered obstetrical care, sports medicine, specialty medical and surgical services, inpatient behavioral medicine, and 24-hour emergency services.

Under the supervision of the Manager and Coordinator of the Cardiopulmonary Department, and according to established policies and procedures, the Respiratory Therapist II performs a wide variety of duties within the scope of Respiratory Care.  The RTII provides all care in accordance with physician's orders.  Will have a thorough knowledge of department Policies and Procedures.

  • The RTII  reviews all pertinent patient data in the EMR, collects clinical information through physical examination and assessment.  The RTII will be competent to administer inhaled and nebulized respiratory medications and be a resource to others in their use, side effects, and appropriateness. The RTII will provide oxygen therapy, invasive and non-invasive ventilation, chest physiotherapy, obtain and analyze blood gases, perform BCLS, member of CODE BLUE and Rapid Response Team. 
  • RTII  will care for patients across the age continuum.  Provides detailed patient education in appropriate areas relating to Respiratory Care.  Will contribute to the improvement of the health of the community by providing care, support and education to patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.
  • RTII shall interact with patients, families, members of the community, hospital staff and medical providers in a professional manner and in accordance with the Operating Principles of Baystate Health. 
  • Performance reflects knowledge in theory, methods, techniques, skills and behaviors related to Respiratory Care required to achieve high quality results across the age continuum.  Demonstrates ability to consistently incorporate clinical knowledge into the delivery of care. Able to effectively influence physicians to modify therapy/intervention orders to improve effectiveness of care.
  • Maintains a complete knowledge in the principles of human anatomy and physiology, gas laws, acid-base balance, pathology of common and uncommon lung disease, and pharmacology related to Respiratory Care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of daily operations of the department including policies and procedures for respiratory care, safety, and infection control.  Willing to contribute to revisions to policies and procedures to improve patient care, experience, and safety.
  • Consistently strives for a high level of excellence in respiratory care by effectively communicating with other members of the health care team, by administering  the optimal modalities of therapy, and having a comprehensive knowledge of the patient's overall medical history and current condition.
  • Demonstrates ability to apply new modalities, equipment, and medications to appropriate patient populations.
  • Respects patients' right to privacy, dignity and confidentiality.   Identifies self to patient and informs patient of procedure to be performed before initiation if possible.
  • Demonstrates required skills to provide CPR in hospital setting; includes assisting with intubation, airway maintenance, chest compressions, patient assessment. Responds immediately to CODE BLUE and Rapid Response Team emergencies.
  • Demonstrates ability to maintain artificial airways, adjust ventilator parameters for maximum therapeutic effect, and to increase patient's tolerance of therapy. Able to effectively troubleshoot ventilator equipment. Documents all care of mechanically ventilated, and non-invasive ventilator patients per departmental policy.
  • Able to collect, analyze, and report, and assess clinical significance of  blood gas results per departmental procedure, including reporting of Critical Values.  Closely adheres to  all Blood Gas Laboratory policies and procedures including annual competency assessment.
  • Demonstrates consistent accuracy in processing of EKGs in MUSE system.  Conscientious in prompt processing of tracings into correct Cardiology folder for interpretation.
  • Demonstrates professional accountability for maintenance of Massachusetts Respiratory Care Licensure, CPR certification and education to maintain professional practice growth and development.  Attends and contributes effectively to staff meetings and inter-disciplinary meetings.
  • Associates degree in respiratory therapy, bachelors preferred
  • 2 years of acute and critical respiratory care, 3-5 years preferred
  • Board of Registration in Respiratory Care,  Commonwealth of Mass. Required
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist Required
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist Required
  • BCLS Required
  • ACLS preferred

This is a per diem position located in Greenfield, MA. Ideal candidate should have flexible availability to work on various shifts including  weekends and holidays,Candidate must be able to attend day time orientation in Holyoke, MA. 

Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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