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UnityPoint Health Supervisor of Cardiovascular Outcomes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Provides leadership support as part of the Heart Center management team, supporting the Heart Center Manager in their responsibility for coordinating activities required to meet the department’s internal and external data related needs as well as supporting the development of care provided by all Heart Center departments consistent with the established strategic plan, goals and objectives for Patient Care Services.

This individual provides support to department leaders regarding development, implementation and evaluation of care and management of Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) process improvement efforts. The position facilitates department process improvement by supervising, educating and training clinical data abstractor staff on the use of the registry data including but not limited to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), and the American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Data Registries. This individual collaborates with various UnityPoint Health team members participating in the accreditation / certification review process to ensure that all standards are met and maintained within the organization for the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), as well as any other accreditations pursued within the HVI. In addition, this individual will support and facilitate the research study activities of the HVI.

As a Supervisor this individual carries out the day-to-day operations plan of the Cardiovascular Outcomes department, under the direction of the Heart Center Manager and/or Cardiovascular Director. The Cardiovascular Outcomes Supervisor serves as a clinical resource to other healthcare team members across all Heart Center departments and may assist with patient care, program development and staff education based on department needs.

Cardiac Registry Oversight

  • Coordination of HVI data abstraction and registry maintenance:

oCoordinates concurrent and retrospective analyses of patient records for specific cardiovascular regulatory submission requirements.

oMaintains data dictionary of defined cardiac outcome measurements, terms, and calculations.

oEnsures patient data is entered into the cardiovascular databases, audits data for completeness and accuracy and generates data files for review and submission.

oReports progress of data abstraction efforts routinely to department manager and service line director as needed and coordinates abstractor’s efforts to ensure data deadlines are met.

oEstablishes and produces quarterly, monthly, and other scheduled reports in a timely manner and will share data with physician leaders and applicable committees as needed.

  • Supports excellence in Clinic Practice within the HVI:

oCoordinates the bimonthly door to dilation multidisciplinary team review of emergent Cath Lab cases.

oParticipates in Mission Lifeline efforts for STEMI care improvement.

oShares MI specific data with primary local EMS agencies for process improvement in the care of the chest pain patient population.

oProvides STEMI Cath Lab alert case-specific feedback to EMS providers includes specific times for the various components of the patient’s care, specifics of treatment in the Cath Lab, before and after pictures, and areas of success and / or opportunities for improvement.

oCommunicates with referral facilities to provide case review of patients transferred for care

oCoordinates regular visits with referral hospitals.

oAssists with regional outreach efforts for Heart and Vascular Services.

  • Supports quality improvement processes for the HVI:

oCoordinates the evaluation of programs and projects for effectiveness.

oProvides consultation for process improvement data collection tools.

oInvestigates best practices to decrease unnecessary variation in care and improve patient outcomes.

oFacilitates queries and reports for process and quality improvement efforts.

oEducates physicians, staff and leaders in the use of registry data and the evaluation of evidence-based medicine.

oBuilds collaborative partnerships to promote and support research and outcome studies of patient care.

oEvaluates clinical practices in light of national standards and benchmarks.

oProvides leadership and coordination to multidisciplinary teams focusing on designated registry populations.



  • Evaluates daily staffing needs. Collaborates with the leadership team to facilitate adjustments that meet the department needs.

  • Commits to the hours needed to achieve outcomes and develop others to assure round-the-clock leadership. Requires flexibility with hours worked and shifting priorities as the environment changes.

  • Serves as a resource in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care across Heart Center departments.

  • Assists in creating a positive work environment that contributes to safe and positive clinical outcomes.

  • Incorporates the St. Luke’s Hospital’s Comfort/C.A.R.E. Professional Practice Model into their daily practice.

  • Supports a thorough and adequate orientation program for new staff both within the department and across all Heart Center departments as needed.

  • Supports the adequate competency training and continuing education programming is done to meet identified staff development needs both within the department and across all Heart Center departments as needed.

  • Supports department and hospital shared governance infrastructure and staff engagement.


Clinical Excellence/Patient Care

  • Assumes primary responsibility for the plan of care for a patient or group of patients, per unit standards and nursing care required for the specified patient population.

  • Effectively delegates tasks and responsibilities to other health care team members and assumes responsibility for follow-up and collaboration.

  • Performs admission assessment process per specific department standards to include patient history, physical, and psycho-social assessment. Utilizes physical assessment data, diagnostic data (lab, radiology, diagnostic testing), pharmacological information and patient/family perceptions in formulating nursing diagnosis related to focus problem areas and identifying goals of care.

  • Assumes responsibility for developing a plan of care that is mutually established with the patient and family. Each patient is treated as an individual, with their identified goals and expectations reviewed each shift to verify priorities.

  • Implements the plan of care according to current standards of nursing practice, evidence-based practice, and hospital protocol/procedures.

  • Integrates multidisciplinary approach to maintain comfort, support human functions and responses, and maintain an environment conductive to safety and well-being. Implements measures to promote a safe environment.

  • Partners with healthcare team to achieve the patient care outcomes and goals of care.

  • Administers medications and nursing treatments within scope of practice.

  • Incorporates St. Luke’s Comfort/C.A.R.E. Professional Practice Model in their daily nursing care.


Effective Communication

  • Follows up on patient concerns in the absence of the Heart Center Manager. Notifies Heart Center Manager or appropriate designee of any concerns that have the potential to escalate or lead to Risk Management concerns.

  • Builds trusting, collaborative relationships with staff, peers, providers and administration to advance the core patient business strategy.

  • Supports and empowers staff to act with appropriate responsibility for the work processes and work environment of which they are a part. Evokes in staff a sense of ownership of and accountability for their work. As well as stimulate staff to continuously improve their performance.


Basic UPH Performance Criteria

  • Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

  • Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

  • Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

  • Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

  • Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

  • Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.


Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

  • Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

  • Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

  • Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment:

  • Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect.

  • Enthusiastically engage in our work.

  • Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

  • Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

  • Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

  • Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

  • Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

  • Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

  • Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

  • Have the courage to challenge the status quo.


Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


Completion of an accredited nursing program.



Three years of RN experience in a clinical setting.

Recognized knowledge and expertise in caring for cardiac specific patient populations.


Possess current RN licensure in the State of Iowa or compact state.

Maintain current BLS certification.

Maintain current ACLS / Core certification.

Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.

Specialty certification.


Writes, reads, speaks, and comprehends fluent English.

Ability to lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams.

Ability to direct others and to exercise judgment in problem-solving scenarios.

Ability to lead and/or participate in multidisciplinary teams.

Possess a comprehensive knowledge of general nursing theory and practice and an expanded knowledge of current clinical and specialized patient care concepts.

Possess a broad and varied knowledge base that is continually enhanced through self-directed study and participation in educational opportunities.

Ability to successfully complete basic computer course through in-hospital training; develops and maintains necessary computer skills including Word and Excel.

Demonstrates a basic knowledge of clinical categorizations and billing codes including ICD-10 codes and DRGs.

Possess knowledge of performance improvement and quality standards.


SCOPE: Position has supervisory responsibilities? Yes ? or No ? If yes, complete below.

Number of Employees Supervised (Complete if position has supervisory responsibilities of individuals)
















Budget Control (Complete if position has budget responsibilities)

Annual Operating Budget (including payroll)


Annual Revenue/Sales


Other Scope Measurements

Pertinent to the position, such as number of beds, number of units/departments, number of employees leading, cases per month, etc.



Mental/Cognitive Demands:

(List any special mental and cognitive abilities required by the position in your specific environment)

  • Exercises sound judgment, seeking advice when appropriate.

  • Easily grasps new concepts and acquires new skills and procedures readily.

  • Possesses creative thinking, analytical problem solving and decision making abilities; self-direction; theoretical implementation and evaluation.

  • Able to handle multiple tasks, cope effectively with stressful situations and time constraints.

  • Able to effectively manage and direct others.

  • Directs concerns regarding patient care or department processes to the Nurse Manager or appropriate designee.


Physical Requirements

(Check all that apply if essential to perform job – with or without accommodations)

? Talk/Hear (communicate, detect, converse with, discern, convey, express oneself, exchange information)

? See (defect, determine, perceive, identify, recognize, judge, observe, inspect, estimate, assess)

? Stand or Sit (stationary position)

? Walk (move, traverse)

? Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect, place, detect, position)

? Climb (stairs/ladders) or Balance (ascent/descent, work stop, traverse)

? Bend/Stoop/Kneel

? Squat/Crouch/Crawl

? Reaching/Twisting

? Taste/Smell (detect, distinguish, determine)

? Pushing/Pulling

Lifting Requirements

(Check appropriate category to perform job – with or without accommodations)

? Level 1; Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

? Level 2; Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Requires walking or standing to a significant degree, pushing or pulling arm or leg controls or maintaining a production rate pace. Light work requires physical exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work.

? Level 3; Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

? Level 4; Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

? Level 5; Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of forces occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

(check all that apply)

? Normal Office Surroundings

? Vibration

? Exposure to Fumes

? Mechanical Hazards

? Exposure to Dust

? Chemical Hazards

? Exposure to Extreme Temperatures

? Electrical Hazards

? Wet and/or Humid

? Radiant Energy Hazards

? Noise

? Explosives Hazards

? Mists or Gases

? Burn Hazards


Precautions must be followed when working in any health care environment. May have exposure to violent or potentially violent patients.

OSHA Categories

(Complete this OSHA section for clinical/patient related jobs)

? Category I: Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.

? Category II: Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur.

? Category III: Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid, or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid.

Requisition ID: 2021-90296

Street: 1026 A Ave NE

Name: 1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Monday through Friday; 8 hour days

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