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Chief Medical Officer, Lakewood, WA

Western State Hospital

Chief Medical Officer

Lakewood, WA

March 9, 2018

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DSHS Chief Medical Officer - Western State Hospital

Salary $286,580.00 Annually
Location Pierce County – Lakewood, WA
Job Type Full Time - Permanent
Department Dept. of Social and Health Services
Job Number 2018-00787
Closing 3/31/2018 11:59 PM Pacific


The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is currently searching for a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to serve Western State Hospital (WSH). As the CMO you are responsible for assuring high quality psychiatric and medical services to over 850 adults with serious mental illness in one of the nation's largest inpatient psychiatric state hospitals.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, you are a key constituent on the hospital's Executive Leadership Team. As the CMO, you will oversee patient treatment for a wide variety of patient populations including adult, forensic, geriatric, and individuals with developmental disabilities. You are working closely with Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Rehabilitation, and Medical Staff to ensure that patients receive needed services and successfully reintegrate into their communities following discharge.

Former CMOs who left a legacy consistently brought creativity, innovation, and vision to the table. They were able to handle routine treatment issues and emergent patient needs. Further, they listened well and sought out every opportunity to collaborate with hospital staff - from technicians to physicians – and with others in the mental health community, to ensure patients received the absolute best care.

The Chief Medical Officer collaborates with a cadre of approximately 76 psychiatrists and physicians, 44 pharmacy staff, and 32 medical services staff from around the world, 11 of them are direct reports. Many of these have long tenure and a strong commitment to the hospital. Following patients on their road to recovery from start to finish, the CMO is involved in both complex as well as routine cases.

Washington State offers a total work/life package that includes competitive pay, benefits, flexibility and workplace opportunities all aimed at getting the most out of a career and life. Washington's distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature. The job itself is located in Lakewood which is situated between Olympia and Seattle, presenting the ideal place to live, work, play and be a part of a community. Year round outdoor activities are especially plentiful given the area's natural beauty and four seasons. City life or nature; it's all within your reach.

DSHS offers generous continuing medical education allowances, relocation assistance, flexible schedules and a benefit package that rivals any employer in Washington State. Weekends are weekends; on-call work is voluntary and well-compensated.

We are interested in a leader who has a valid license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of Washington or the ability to obtain one by start of employment and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry.

The application process is easy. Simply email a resume or CV to Senior Recruiter Anette can also be contacted via phone at (206) 305-9381. She is personally available to answer any questions you may have about this opportunity.

Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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