Intermountain Healthcare Pathologist Asst-Cert in St George, Utah

Job ID:222075
Greater St. George & Cedar City area

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Job Description

This position is responsible for day-to-day management and oversight of the flow of anatomic pathology specimens through the laboratory, from specimen receipt through preparation of final diagnostic slides. The role also oversees department operations and staff. Employees in this role are responsible to implement a comprehensive quality program that complies with Intermountain's quality plan and with the Intermountain Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research.

Essential Job Duties

Surgical Pathology:

  • Develops standard procedures for and assures appropriate specimen accessioning.
  • Obtains clinical history, including scans, x-rays, imaging studies, laboratory data, etc., as necessary.
  • Gross examination of specimens to include, advanced, and complex specimen types.
  • Describes gross anatomic features, dissects surgical specimens, and prepares tissues for histological processing with supervision by pathologist.
  • Obtains biological specimens such as blood, tissue, and toxicological material for studies such as flow cytometry, image analysis, immunohistochemistry, etc., and performs special procedures including imaging and tumor triage, including distribution of biological specimens.
  • Photographs pertinent gross specimens and microscopic slides.
  • Assures proper maintenance of equipment, provision of adequate supplies, and cleanliness of the surgical pathology suite.

Autopsy Pathology: (Preparation of Human Postmortem Examinations)

  • Ascertains proper legal authorization for autopsies and pertinent document review.
  • Accurately develops and/or communicates policies and procedures.
  • Develops and updates technical procedures annually with supervision by pathologist.
  • Performs complete post mortem examinations to include evisceration, dissection and tissue submission, with supervision by pathologist.
  • Orients and educates Pathology Residents on all autopsy procedures.

Pathological Procedures:

  • Acts as an advanced technical resource for physicians and hospital personnel re: specimen submission and special handling and testing.
  • Develops standard operating procedures for surgical and autopsy pathology.
  • Gross examination of specific types of specimens.
  • Advanced surgical and autopsy specimen photography.
  • Advanced arranging specimen radiography.
  • Obtains and stores specimens for special procedures.
  • Prepares and assists at autopsy, preparing tissue samples for diagnosis by pathologist (histology, special stains, frozen sections, touch imprints, bone marrow).
  • Prepares and sends out tissue samples for autopsy and surgical pathology.
  • Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, filing and maintenance of slides, blocks, images, and other specimens.

Interpersonal and Team Building:

  • Communicates effectively with peers, team members, families, patients, and other health care professionals.
  • Follows-through on problems that may compromise patient care by using the appropriate chain of command.
  • Conducts regular staff meetings to share information, communicate changes and updates, and discuss and correct problems.
  • Acts as a role model for legal and ethical standards in their practice.
  • Maintains strong working relationships with all departments and outside contacts.
  • Maintains accountability expectations with staff while being supportive and respectful.
  • Is adaptable to change and responds supportively.


  • Manages the performance of Histology Department staff to ensure appropriate skill level and effective customer service occurs.
  • Designs the department competency program and implements, documents, and monitors the competency program.
  • Mentors, counsels, and effectively evaluates employees in the department.
  • Interviews and selects new employees.
  • In conjunction with Lab Administrative Director, develops capital and operating budgets, including written justifications for requests.
  • Establishes, implements, and monitors systems and programs such as purchasing, budgeting, staffing, and cost containment to ensure sound fiscal operation of the laboratory.
  • Manages the procurement of supplies and maintains appropriate inventory levels.
  • Evaluates staffing and prepares schedules, adhering to laboratory policy and budget targets.
  • Management of specimen archives (wet tissues, frozen tissue, paraffin blocks, slides).
  • Develops standard operating procedures for and assures completion of specimen coding and billing.
  • Assures coverage of anatomic pathology technical support.


  • Assists in organization, preparation, and coordination of pathology conferences.
  • Collaborates on clinical and translational research and acts as co-author of research findings.
  • Maintains technical expertise and reports to staff on technological advances. Educates non-laboratory staff when appropriate.
  • Provides opportunities for staff to participate in Laboratory Continuing Education.
  • Develops and implements an effective orientation and training program.

Posting Specifics

  • Entry Rate: Depending on Experience.
  • Benefits Eligible: Yes
  • Shift Details: Full time
  • Department: Laboratory Anatomic Pathology at Dixie Reg River Rd

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in chemical, physical, biological/medical technology science. Degree must be obtained through an accredited institution. Education is verified.
  • Certification as a Pathological Assistant (AAPA).
  • HT (ASCP) or NCA certification.
  • Five years of high complexity testing and anatomic pathology experience.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills, ability to think in terms of systems and processes, and the ability to formulate and articulate a vision for the department.
  • Demonstrated track record of strong interpersonal, communication, and management skills.
  • Demonstrated history of ability to work with advanced computer systems.

Physical Requirements

  • Interact with others requiring the employee to verbally communicate information.
  • Operate computers and complex and delicate lab equipment requiring the ability to move fingers and hands.
  • See and read lab equipment, monitors, and documents.
  • Remain sitting or standing for long periods of time to perform work on a computer or other equipment.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience working in a laboratory with good laboratory practices or ISO 9000 standards.

Please Note

All positions subject to close without notice. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Additional Details:

Working Hours 40

Primary Work Location Dixie Reg River Road

Expertise Laboratory

Job Type Full Time

Location US-UT-St George