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Ortho Specialist Ortho Associates FT/40HRS

CHRISTUS Health Santa Fe Full-Time
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Description

The Orthopedic Specialist's primary function is to support the Orthopedics Surgeon with patient care as directed and also has the ability and training to perform basic medical assistant duties and front desk specialist duties as needed.As a member of the Orthopedics Team, the Specialist delivers patient care and assumes appropriate responsibilities concerning non-surgical procedures. The Specialist assists the Orthopedics Surgeon with clinical patient care including: casting, scheduling of surgical and diagnostic procedures, managing patient care during a clinic (including patient flow through the exam and X-ray rooms), answering patient inquiries, and fielding messages and requests directed to the surgeon. In addition, the Specialist is frequently called upon to triage patient phone calls regarding symptoms, urgency of their injury/illness, and immediate care to manage pain/injuries prior to coming in for an appointment. The Specialist may also assist with rooming patients, taking vital signs, obtains history of chief complaint for visit. On occasion the Specialist may assist with front desk duties such as greeting and registering patients



Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION: High School Graduate or equivalent. Successful completion (by means of a certificate) of an accredited medical assistant program of study inclusive of the required skills preferred but not required or successful completion and proof of EMT training.

CERTIFICATION/LICENSES: BLS issued through American Heart Association required.

SKILLS:

  • Ability to describe various orthopaedic conditions based on an understanding of anatomical structures and their relationship with one another.
  • Ability to apply, adjust and remove common orthopaedic devices, using standard practice as a guide.
  • Knowledge of the proper application of aseptic techniques in dressing change and the removal of sutures or staples.
  • Ability to interpret simple fractures and dislocations on X-ray films.
  • Understanding of clinic and environmental safety and precautions.
  • Thorough working knowledge of musculoskeletal system.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with principles of aseptic techniques.
  • Basic knowledge of application and use of orthopaedic equipment and supplies.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Desired Skill: Ability to perform in an operating room environment as first and second assist or scrub technician under the direct supervision of a surgeon.
  • Desired Skill: Ability to supervise and train other certified or eligible Orthopaedic Technologists.

EXPERIENCE: One year full-time work experience in a hospital, clinic or office setting, working directly in the treatment of orthopedic patient(s) preferred.

NATURE OF SUPERVISION:

-Responsible to: Clinic Manager, Orthopedic Clinics

ENVIRONMENT:

- Bloodborne pathogen: A

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Lifts, transfers and positions patients and equipment in excess of 150 pounds. Some positioning or lifting of patients up to 300 pounds.

 

 

Recommended skills

Orthopedic Surgery
Operating Theater
Medical Terminology
Health Care
Anatomy
Injury
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The two Congregations of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio share a common mission of providing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, which began more than 130 years ago. The shared legacy of the two Congregations dates back to 1866 when three Sisters Religious came from France in response to a call from Catholic Bishop Claude M. Dubuis to come to Texas to help care for the sick and infirm. In the leading port city of Galveston, the Sisters founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and opened the first Catholic hospital in the state. In 1869, three members of the Congregation traveled to San Antonio and established Santa Rosa Hospital. Due to the distance between the cities and the problems of transportation at the time, the Congregation in San Antonio became a separate order with the same name as its founding Congregation.

The Congregations of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston announced in September of 1997 their plans to work together toward combining the health care systems which each sponsors. In July 1998, the two signed a letter of intent, calling for all assets of the Sisters of Charity Health Care System (SCH) and the Incarnate Word Health System (IWHS) to become part of CHRISTUS Health. On February 1, 1999, that dream became a reality and CHRISTUS Health was born.

The Legacy

In 1972 Space Center Memorial Hospital opened to serve the 55,000 community members surrounding NASA Manned Spacecraft Center. The goal of the new hospital was "to return to the people of our country the benefits in the form of health service dividends produced from space exploration."

Unfortunately, the facility was closed in September 1974, only 13 months after it opened, by the Federal Housing Administration because the hospital was behind in mortgage payments. The hospital was unoccupied until the federal government took it over.

In 1981 Congress passed an administration bill, part of President Reagan’s budget-cutting proposals, that closed eight Public Health Service hospitals in the United States. The Houston-based Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Health Care Systems was selected by the federal government to assume control of the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Nassau Bay. The government said Sisters of Charity was chosen because of its reputation for providing quality care for its patient population. The Sisters purchased the facility for $1.

On Dec. 9, 1981, CHRISTUS St. John Hospital treated its first patient. The founding sisters of the hospital, Sister Clare Marie, Sister Frances Therese, and Sister Edwin Berry, worked night and day to build St. John Hospital into the quality health care facility it is today. The hospital opened to serve the needs of the community, merchant marines, workers for the Department of Defense as well as Vietnamese and American shrimpers.

In 1982 CHRISTUS St. John Hospital was one of the first hospitals to have a layman, rather than a member of the Congregation, as administrator. Over the years, CHRISTUS St. John Hospital, located across from Johnson Space Center, has been under contract with NASA for provision of the medication kits for the Space Shuttle and for physiological testing for the space program.

A $9 million expansion that was completed in 1989 debuted the concept of LDRP suites in the Center for New Life, enlarged the emergency department and improved diagnostic imaging capabilities.

On Jan. 23, 1998, the hospital unveiled its new street name and address. Hospital Boulevard was renamed St. John Drive in an official proclamation from the mayor. The hospital’s founding sisters were forever memorialized in the new street address, since the "3" in 18300 was chosen to represent the three sisters.

CHRISTUS St. John Hospital has always been committed to the CHRISTUS Health Mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through community involvement and programs. The hospital is responsible for establishing Point of Light Clinic, school-based clinics and Project Gabriel in the Dickinson and Nassau Bay areas. CHRISTUS St. John Hospital also received national attention with the development of its parish nurse program.

CHRISTUS St. John Hospital continues to offer quality acute care health services, has added specialties to serve the community, has actively recruited top physicians to fill the needs of Nassau Bay residents, and remains solid in the mission of mercy envisioned by its founding sisters 20 years ago.

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