Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
Internal Number: 2022-10
Located in Bryn Mawr, Pa Lifecycle WomanCare is one of the oldest and largest community-based birth centers in the country. Starting in 1978, the organization’s mission was to provide safe and extraordinary care for pregnant persons and their families. With support and guidance from a Board of Directors, the clinical staff currently provides pregnancy, newborn, lactation and well-person gynecology care for clients throughout the greater Philadelphia region. Mental health services onsite will begin in late 2022. LWC is fully accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers and licensed by the PA Department of Health.
Over the last four decades, LWC has evolved to meet the changing needs of the community served while holding fast to its mission of providing the highest level of care. Demand for services continues to grow because of LWC's high quality of care and long-standing positive profile in the region. Revenue is primarily from insurance reimbursement. Additional revenue comes from individual donations and foundation support.
LWC reached 14,000 births in 2022. In 2022 we anticipate serving close to 3000 unique clients and supporting approximately 620 births, both in the birth center and the nearby community hospital. There is a satellite out-patient office in South Philadelphia. Our clinical staff includes Midwives, Nurse-Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and Lactation consultants. The Midwives have clinical practice privileges at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
LWC has a robust lactation program as well as a thriving education department. Independent instructors lead new mother groups, parenting classes, and support groups. These activities support LWC’s holistic approach to families and allows families to maintain their connection with LWC. LWC is a teaching site for midwifery and WHNP students as well as for undergraduate nursing students from local universities.
The organization is now at a critical juncture in its organizational life. We have added a new building for further development of our education programming and added exam rooms to our existing clinical building. With high quality clinical services and a loyal group of supporters, the Board believes it is the right time to expand LWC's healthcare and educational services to meet the pregnancy and gynecology needs of increasingly diverse persons across different stages of their lives.
This is an exceptional opportunity to provide clinical leadership as the Director of Clinical Services at LWC. You will lead and further develop a clinical team that is highly committed to a midwifery model of care, in an organization with a strong track record of success. This position offers the promise of making a remarkable and tangible impact on the lives of many more people and communities. The position reports to the Executive Director.
Supports the mission, vision and values of Lifecycle WomanCare
Supports a goal of physiologic birth and the midwifery model of care
Willingness to obtain Pennsylvania midwifery certification, licensure, and prescriptive authority
Master’s degree in relevant field(s)
Current NRP and CPR certification
Current DEA license
Meets all other requirements for employment by Lifecycle WomanCare, including all necessary background clearances
5-10 years full scope midwifery practice
Minimum of 2 years’ experience with community birth and/or physiologic birth in a low acuity hospital setting
Supervisory experience including hiring and mentoring of clinicians
Ability to interpret budgetary information and experience with establishing clinical budget for past practice(s)
Experience with establishing and evaluating Clinical Practice Guidelines, Risk Management/Quality Assurance Programs
Experience working with a nonprofit board of directors
Comfortable working with collaborative team, including the LWC Medical Director
Experienced in effective and sensitive communication with clients, family members, physicians and other healthcare personnel
Demonstrated commitment to working pro-actively on issues related to equity, cultural competence and addressing bias in the health care environment
The Director of Clinical Services is responsible for the establishment, oversight, and implementation of Lifecycle’s clinical operations. They serve on the Leadership Team and participates in the overall management and planning for Lifecycle WomanCare.
Directs the hiring, evaluation, and termination of all Nurses, Nurse-Practitioners, Midwives and Mental Health Practitioners
Directs and supervises the staff development program for Nurses, Nurse-Practitioners, Midwives, and Mental Health Practitioners
Appoints/hires, directs, and collaborates with other clinical managers, including the Lead Midwife and Lead Clinical Nurse to enable smooth and safe clinical operations
Directs the development, review and any needed revisions to the clinical care guidelines/protocols in conjunction with the Clinical Committee of the Board
Works closely with the Executive Director in matters of organizational leadership, direction, planning, and decision-making
Provides reports on clinical functioning including statistics, budget implementation, quality assurance activities and other relevant topics to the Executive Director, the Board, and the Clinical Committee of the Board
Directs and evaluates the risk management/quality assurance program at Lifecycle, meeting all requirements for the PA Patient Safety Authority.
Responsible for obtaining/maintaining national accreditation, state licensure, and any other state or federal regulations/certifications required for birth centers
Directs all aspects of the collaborative relationship with transfer hospital(s), collaborative physicians, the LWC Medical Director, and other healthcare facilities Lifecycle interacts with for client care
Develops and implements the annual clinical budget in cooperation with the Finance Director, Executive Director and other members of the Leadership Team as may be appropriate
Provides office hours and on-call hours to remain clinically up to date with clinical functions, with clinical hours not to exceed 20% of scheduled time in non-emergent situations
Attends Board meetings, Clinical Committee of the Board meetings, Patient Safety, and any other relevant committee or internal meetings
Stays abreast of current developments in midwifery, birth and gynecological care, education, accreditation, and the regulatory/legal environment for birth and gynecological care