Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Chief of Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service) in Marion, Indiana

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Marion, IN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Thursday 9/22/2016 (33 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1807839

Please note: This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis until filled. Your application must be complete to receive consideration. Eligiblecandidates will be referred to the selecting official as they are received beginning the first week after the this position is posted. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means.

Please Note: Payment of relocation expenses MAY be authorized for select candidates.

Please Note: A relocation incentive MAY be authorized for select candidates.

Please Note: A recruitment incentive MAY be authorized for select candidates.

Please Note: Once appointed you will be eligible to apply for student loan reimbursement under the Education Debt Reduction Program. Approvalis dependent on meeting program requirements and program funding.

Please Note: The selected candidate's salary will be determined by a Compensation Panel. The Compensation Panel will review the selected applicants' education, qualifications, board certifications, professional training/fellowship(s), and length of practice (professional experience) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The mission of VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS), is to provide coordinated, compassionate and comprehensive quality primary care, mental health, surgical, intensive and extended care to Veterans in a timely, accessible and cost effective manner. It is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a dual campus and combined VA mission. The combined mission of the VANIHCS means military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at these facilities. The Fort Wayne campus offers primary and secondary medical and surgical services as well as intensive care and emergency medicine. The Marion campus offers a full range of psychiatry services, nursing home care and extended care services. Primary care clinics are available at both campuses and at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in South Bend, Goshen, Peru and Muncie, Indiana.

VANIHCS offers a competitive salary, incentives and excellent federal government benefits. As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of the VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.


The Chief of Extended Care and Rehabilitation Services is responsible for the management, overall operations and serves as the Medical Director of the Extended Care & Rehabilitation Service including the Veteran's Community Living Center (VCLC) and its programs/services. They are accountable to the Director VANIHCS through the Chief of Staff for the delivery of Veteran-centered, high quality, and high-value geriatric and extended care and rehabilitative services.

  • The incumbent is expected to meet and exceed performance measure goals while utilizing the most cost-efficient and effective methodologies. Continuously monitoring and improving the Veteran's access to care in the organization while predicting and absorbing demand is a pivotal responsibility for this position.
  • The 150 bed VCLC provides care for Veterans requiring both short term and long term stays with programs including Skilled Nursing Care, Hospice/Palliative Care, Medical Rehabilitation, Restorative Nursing, Dementia and Respite Care. Community Care services include the GEM Clinic, Home Based Primary Care program, Community Nursing Home, Community Adult Day Health Care, Community Residential Care. The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitative department includes Physiatry & EMG with associated clinics and Rehab Therapies (KT, OT, PT, Speech, and Recreation/Creative Arts which provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for medical and mental health programs.
  • The Chief of EC&RS; is expected to perform in a supervisory capacity 75% of the time and in a clinical capacity 25% of the time.
  • The incumbent works as a member of the Clinical Executive Board, Professional Standards Board and related committees and boards as necessary/required.
  • The incumbent is responsible and accountable for the overall leadership, policy planning, budget, operations and performance of the Extended Care & Rehabilitation Service line, including supervision and collaboration with providers, as well as the direct or indirect supervision of all clinical and administrative staff within the service line.
  • Incumbent is responsible for meeting all applicable Geriatrics and Extended Care, as well as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation regulatory and accrediting body requirements within a tertiary care facility within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Incumbent chairs or participates in various medical center committees, departmental and hospital training and other educational programs including external sources.
  • Incumbent formulates and implements general policies, procedures, standards and goals and objectives for EC & RS that are consistent with, and support the mission of VANIHCS.
  • Incumbent collaborates and cooperates with service line peers in primary care, mental health and nursing to provide high quality and high value, Veteran Centered Care.

Supervisory Controls:The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Staff. The incumbent has complete responsibility to administer and direct the Extended Care & Rehabilitation Service, as well as to collaborate with providers and supervise all other clinical, administrative, and clerical staff. The incumbent serves as the Medical Director of all programs within the service and thus has supervisory responsibility for all medically related issues. The incumbent informs the Chief of Staff of potentially controversial issues, or problems with widespread impact. Completed work is reviewed critically outside the incumbent's immediate office by line management officials, or regulatory agencies or agents as required.

Work Schedule: Mainly Monday through Friday day shift. However after hours call duties may be required at times.

Functional Statement Title/#: VM060215CEC&RS;

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel between VANIHCS facilities will be required at times
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses MAY be authorized for certain candidates
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Full, Active and Unrestricted Medical License

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below. Preferred Experience:

  • Board certification or eligibility in palliative care, geriatrics or a closely related field.

  • Experience operating a skilled nursing home , hospice/palliative care facility, medical rehabilitation operation and/or a dementia and respite long term care facility.
  • Previous supervisory experience over a large and multi faceted medical program.
  • Previous VA experience. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required. In the process of providing patient care, the work involves regular and recurring periods of walking, standing, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting, reaching and carrying. Manual dexterity is required to operate medical equipment and perform activities such as surgery, treatments and computerized medical record documentation.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Please visit the following links for additional information: and

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Salary Range: $200,000.00 to $262,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified U.S. citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 451232700

Job Announcement Number: 610-16-JB-1807839