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Psychiatric Physician- Per Diem - (28227)

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Palo Verde Behavioral Health
TUCSON, AZ 85712 US (Primary)
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Job Description

One of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital companies, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has annual revenue nearing $10 billion. In 2017, UHS was recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #276 on the Fortune 500, and listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies.


Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago: Build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and become the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.


Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 81,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates more than 320 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.

Palo Verde Behavioral Health (PVBH) is a 84 bed  private psychiatric facility providing inpatient and intensive outpatient psychiatric services through treatment programs tailored to our patients needs for the purpose of creating positive outcomes. PVBH will build on the excellent skills of our current Psychiatrists, licensed registered nurses, clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors to support these programs.

 Mission Statement

The mission of Palo Verde Behavioral Health is to provide the highest quality of psychiatric patient care through treatment programs focused on improving the lives of our patients and ensuring their experience during their stay supports their road to recovery.

Vision Statement

Palo Verde Behavioral Health will be recognized as the premier regional provider of innovative, compassionate behavioral health services, which enhance the health of our community. We will exceed the expectations of those served, maintain the highest standards, and promote a rewarding work environment.


The Psychiatrist is responsible to oversee the quality of care delivered to his/her patients.  Asses clinical appropriateness for admission and collaborate with Intake / Admissions regarding potential admissions.  Perform psychiatric assessments for individuals under his/her care.  Complete documentation necessary to address patients hospitalized under civil commitment statues.  Provide individual therapy, family therapy and/or medication management as needed for patients under his/her care.  Appropriately request consultations when indicated and provide psychiatric consultations when requested.


Job Requirements



Graduate of an accredited medical school

Completed residency in Psychiatry

Board Certification Preferred

Licensed as a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.)

Prior experience in a hospital based psychiatric practice and outpatient psychiatric practice preferred

Must maintain active status with medical staff

Maintain current professional license

Where applicable, maintain current liability insurance

Current Level One Arizona Fingerprint Card or Arizona Finger print application in progress.

Current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

Obtain Handle with Care Certification within 30 days of hire date.


Adhere to established hospital and department guidelines and protocols

Support hospital mission, vision and values

Demonstrate good skills in all forms of communication

Work well with others in a spirit of teamwork and cooperation

Show awareness of differences

Maintain education and development appropriate for position

Complete position responsibilities by following established guidelines and protocols within the appropriate time frame

Demonstrate strong clinical assessment skills and knowledge of crisis intervention procedures

Knowledge of family and group therapy techniques

If working with Children (age group 4-13), Adolescents (age group 14-17) or Gero-Psychiatric patients (age group 55 or above) must be able to demonstrate special training, knowledge and skills specific to age groups as well as job and/or program specific competency within the first three (3) months of training.

Must complete all required / mandatory in-services annually

Must be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Must be tested for Tuberculosis with a PPD skin test or chest x-ray upon hire; PPD skin test required annually or chest x-ray tri-annually thereafter


Coordinate care with referral sources and other involved professionals

Maintain regular communication with family members as appropriate

Return phone calls to professionals and family in a timely manner

Encourage patients to participate fully in all aspects of the treatment program

Educate all patients, whenever possible, about ways to facilitate recovery

Follow safety practices as outlined in Palo Verde Behavioral Health policies and procedures

Follow the protocol and guidelines of the inpatient phase program and other formal treatment programs

Help patients benefit from their insurance by timely completion of all paperwork, returning phone calls, and actively participating in utilization management


Complete assessments and reports within specified time lines

Chart each relevant contact related to the patient on day of contact

Chart entries should record the patient’s response to treatment, current mental status, progress in the program, and need for continued treatment if appropriate

Chart to specific treatment plan goals according to Palo Verde Behavioral Health guidelines

Ensure the treatment plan is completed and on the chart within the specified time frame

Complete a group therapy note for all patients in group therapy within specified time lines


Be dependable, punctual, accountable and use time productively

Be prompt to meetings and in starting therapy sessions

Contribute to the positive image and reputation of the company

Make contributions to improvement of Palo Verde Behavioral Health treatment programs on a regular basis

Participate on committees and help with projects as requested

Extend energy in the community towards education and prevention

Be familiar with and implement Palo Verde Behavioral Health treatment program guidelines

Acquire and maintain knowledge regarding the patient population served

Be aware of personal limitations and seek help accordingly

Maintain proper boundaries with patients and teach them to do likewise

Treat patients, staff members, professionals and family members with respect and courtesy

Discuss rights of confidentiality with patients and maintain confidentiality of patient information


Initiate opportunities to receive feedback and help

Accept constructive criticism and feedback and use it to improve performance

Be responsive to direction and follow through on assigned tasks


Attend in-service and staff training meetings

Attend medical department meeting and support other physicians and treatment modalities

Attend Inpatient Treatment Team Meetings and actively participate in treatment planning for all patients

Seek opportunities to support other patients

Contribute to achievement of performance improvement


Ability to communicate effectively with patients, their families, staff and others

Ability to effectively utilize communication equipment

Physical agility to manage patients (ambulatory, non-ambulatory and physically aggressive)

Ability to read (i.e. patient charts, written communication, regulations, written policies and procedures, etc.)

Ability to write (i.e. manual charting, written communication, etc.)

Must be able to observe patient behaviors and write notes in medical charts

Must be able to physically assist or restrain patients in compliance with the restraint policy

Ability to sit for long periods of time, up to 8 hours

Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds

Ability to reach above and below the waist, turn, twist and manipulate small tools (copier, computer, telephone, calculator, safe, fax machine, etc.)

Ability to move frequently in the completion of job requirements

Ability to handle a variety of repetitive tasks

Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks under deadlines and with short notice



The Following is the minimum knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to provide care and service for the patient population served:

AGE GROUP ENCOUNTERED:  Adolescent – (13-17 yr. old)

 Adult – (18 - 54 yr. old)  Geriatric – (55 or above)

Treats everyone as a guest.

Makes a positive first impression and continues that positive impression through ongoing efforts

Anticipates the needs and expectations of all people encountered

Displays service recovery skills; is responsible for resolving dissatisfaction without assigning blame

Demonstrates professionalism and excellence in all things.

Demonstrates professionalism in look, what to do, and what to say

Holds self accountable – Is a positive role model

Delivers excellence that goes beyond departmental and individual job responsibility

Practices teamwork

Participates in decision-making and process improvement, regardless of level in the organization

Communicates effectively within and beyond assigned team

Focuses on the problem or issue, not the person

Behaviors: Always says "please" and "thank you". Makes a good first impression by projecting a positive attitude; greets patients, guests and staff warmly.

Behaviors: Always wears name badge. Demonstrates a professional image through manner of dress, respectful communication, and adherence to hospital badge policy.

Behaviors: Holds self accountable for getting the information needed to know to do job. Responds to client and customer questions, concerns and grievances in a timely manner, informing complainant of process and expected time of resolution.

Behaviors: Uses language appropriate to the situation and to the guest. Is a team player, showing respect for peers, supervisors, patients and guests, demonstrated through verbal communications and commitment to the work group.

Behaviors: Greet guests with eye contact and a smile. Staff is timely when responding to patient needs and requests by making eye contact and verbal contact when patient presents self at nurse’s station or any other area where staff is located.

Behaviors: Always end an interaction with the guest by asking, "Is there anything else I can do for you?" Provides service to patients and families that is prompt, caring, efficient and effective.

Demonstrates respect for the hospital environment by keeping work areas organized and clean, and taking pride in the facility as a whole.

Attendance: Consistently reports to work on time and is ready to work at start of shift. Appropriately utilizes personal days/sick time. Clocks in/out per policy and procedure; begins/returns from meal periods and rest breaks within established policy time frame.

General Safety: Follows all departmental and hospital safety, security and infection control policies.

Self-Development: Maintains required licensure/certification for position; renews by expiration date; Maintains CPI training; renews by expiration date. Gains additional formal qualifications beyond the minimum requirements of the job; as well as additional job duties and skills. Follows up on any personal development plan. Maintains current knowledge of policies and procedures, protocols, and practices. Attends inservice programs.

Professional Appearance and Attitude: Complies with the Personal Appearance policy. Consistently demonstrates a self-directed, mature and disciplined approach to completing work duties. Demonstrates emotional capacity to perform within position responsibilities. Maintains and respects patient and employee confidentiality. Follows proper lines of authority and organizational structure.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of patient rights, advanced directives and ethical issues for all age specific groups.

Must be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to provide appropriate interventions based on the needs of various age groups.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and ability to advocate, communicate and educate patients of all age groups served, including those with physical, emotional, social, mental, language and cognitive impairments.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and ability to collaborate with medical staff, other health professionals to achieve desired outcomes for age specific groups served.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills to interpret age related data and appropriately consulting with other team members and/or planning care based on those results.

Must be able to demonstrate ability to involve patients/family/guardian/care taker in decision making related to care and treatment appropriate for various ages served.

Must be able to demonstrate ability to provide patient/family education, explaining care, treatments, discharges instruction etc. using correct terminology and technique to address educational needs of each age group served.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and ability to assess and provide appropriate interventions in the event of abnormal family dynamics for various age groups including; child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and ability to provide a safe environment of care and recognize safety risks/considerations of each age group served.

Must be able to demonstrate proper application and knowledge of policies and procedures related to restraint alternatives and usage for various ages of patients served.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth & development of the life-span.

Must be able to modify and deliver care that is specific to the age and growth & development of the patient served.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and ability to provide structured educational groups.


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Posted: 2018-10-19 Expires: 2018-11-17

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