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Program Director

Program Director

Program Director

Job Title: Program Director



Reports to: Medical Director

Status: [X] Exempt   [   ] Non-Exempt


The Program Director is responsible for the quality of hyperbaric services provided, budgetary oversight,
and 24-hour accountability for the hyperbaric unit. The Program Director is accountable to the Medical Director
and the Board of Directors:

  1. Oversees the quality of services rendered in the hyperbaric department and ensures it meets the current
    standards of practice.
  2. Ensures safe and adequate staffing for patient volume and acuity
  3. Assists the Medical Director with the development of policies, procedures, and protocols for hyperbaric services.
  4. Assists the Medical Director in the development of a quality assurance program.
  5. Works in conjunction with the Medical Director, Clinical Coordinator and Safety Director in the development of orientation and in-service programs for all levels of hyperbaric personnel.
  6. Works in conjunction with the Medical Director and Safety Director to ensure an on-going and effective safety program.
  7. Ensures appropriate marketing of the hyperbaric unit.
  8. Responsible for the safe and effective operation, control and maintenance of the hyperbaric chamber system and supporting components.
  9. Woks closely with Safety Director to ensure compliance with all department policies and regulatory requirements.
  10. Ensures that all technical personnel meet standards set by various licensing and regulatory agencies.
  11. Ensures compliance with published preventative maintenance schedules.
  12. Develops, reviews and revises operational maintenance manual annually.
  13. Maintains operating and maintenance log in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  14. Ensures the safe and effective operation of hyperbaric chambers.
  15. Maintains report on maintenance and submits it to the Medical Director.
  16. Coordinates and approves all upgrades, modifications, and repairs to the hyperbaric system, including the interaction with hospital maintenance and outside contractors as appropriate.
  17. Serves as the hyperbaric facility technical trainer for all staff members. Conducts and participates in in-service training related to various technical aspects of the operation of hyperbaric chamber systems and related components.


Organizational Responsibilities

  1. Displays leadership by: Modeling behaviors in support of the Mission Statement of Hyperbaric Medicine Services; using effective interpersonal skills to develop positive working relationships; participation in educational opportunities for personal and professional growth; contribution to organizational and departmental goals.
  2. Supports quality improvement by: Striving to do the right things the right way the first time; using quality tools and techniques as appropriate; demonstrating flexibility and resilience in response to change.
  3. Demonstrates individual effectiveness by: Maintaining a positive, open-minded and team-oriented attitude; following through on commitments; performing job responsibilities in a manner consistent with organizational policies; communicating effectively with others; using resources effectively and efficiently; making suggestions and supporting the implementation of strategies to increase revenue and/or reduce operational expenses.
  4. Focuses efforts to provide services that exceed the expectations of our customers by: Anticipating and responding to customer needs; seeing customer satisfaction as a key measure of success; integrating service focus into daily routine, patient surveys, sympathy cards.
  5. Models teamwork by: Participating actively as a team member on a departmental and organizational level; fostering collaboration among members of the team; and recognizing the efforts and successes of other individuals and teams.

Job Specific Responsibilities

  1. Primary Responsibilities (essential functions as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.)
    1. Demonstrates technical and professional competence in high-risk procedures as listed in the
      department/unit Employee Development book.
    2. For designated employees:  Applies knowledge of various developmental stages in the planning
      and implementation of care for each patient/client/resident.  Refer to “Age-Specific Knowledge and Skills”
      in the Addendum
    3. [  ] Not Applicable
    4. Age Group(s) of patients served in this job:
      [X] Infant/Toddler (0-36 months)
      [X] Child (3-12 years)
      [X] Adolescent (12-18 years)
      [X] Adult (19-60 years)
      [X] Older Adult (60+ years)
    5. In conjunction with the Director and staff nurses maintains quality level of service on all shifts.
    6. Screens, interviews and selects appropriate candidates for open positions.
    7. Assists in the development of the annual department budget.
    8. Oversees employee’s schedules, time clocking, orientations, in-service training and performance reviews.
    9. Counsels, disciplines, and assists Director with Development Plans when deemed appropriate.
    10. Orders and evaluates department equipment and supplies.
    11. Assists Director in implementing and maintaining quality assessment and improvement program.
    12. Ensures that staffing levels are adequate, using independent and responsible judgment to guarantee delivery
      of service in a cost efficient manner.
    13. Functions as a liaison between the Hyperbaric Medicine Service and other Departments within <facility>, exploring opportunities to collaborate in team orientated, patient centered care.
    14. Development and implementing of policy and procedure.
    15. Takes appropriate action regarding complaints/concerns from physicians, patients, and other departments.
    16. In coordination with the Clinical Coordinator will evaluate all patients' for authorization approval by the patient’s insurance company.
    17. Will negotiate contracts (ongoing and new) with participating insurance companies.
    18. In coordination with the Clinical Coordinator will oversee all day-to-day insurance and eligibility issues.

Department/Unit Specific Responsibilities

  1. Primary Responsibilities (essential functions as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.)
    1. Provides input on department specific competencies.
    2. Assists Biomedical Department in maintaining the functions and safety of HBMS.
    3. Audits and review appropriate patient charts.
    4. Meets regularly with Medical Director and Board of Directors
    5. Establishes, with the Safety Director, a Safety Program.
  2. Secondary Responsibilities
    1. Participates in system and community activities as requested.
    2. Participates in organizational committees and task forces as requested. Chooses team members among staff
      as requested for organizational teams.



[X] Bachelor Degree in Nursing or

[X] Bachelor Degree in Allied Health Profession

[  ] Technical/Professional Training/Degree in Respiratory Care


[X] Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse or Certified Hyperbaric Technologist

[X] UHMS-approved Safety Training

[X] Must have successfully completed at least a 40 credit hour, NBDHMT-approved hyperbaric Medicine Introductory course.

[X] Vocational/Practical Nurses and Respiratory Therapy Technicians must be licensed, if required, in their specialty in the state in which they perform duties.

[X] Should have a working knowledge of decompression procedures.

[X] Should be certified by the (NBDHMT) within 2 years of completing a Hyperbaric Medicine Introductory Course.

[X] Should have a working knowledge of all applicable hyperbaric safety codes

[X] Should attend courses specifically related to operational hyperbaric safety issues

[X] Should have a working knowledge of decompression issues

[X] Should participate in professional organizations such as the Associates of the UHMS

[X] Should attend courses specifically relates to operational hyperbaric safety issues.

[X] Hyperbaric chamber technicians should have training and/or experience in hyperbaric chamber maintenance, to include a mechanical background where appropriate.

Skills and Experience (with minimum requirements indicated as appropriate)

Certificates and/or Licenses

  1. Current licensure as R.N. by the state board of nursing in which you practice or current CHT qualifying credential licensure in the State of practice.
  2. Maintains active CHRN/CHT status.
  3. Maintains Safety Director status


Lifting Up To Pushing on Wheels Up To Manual Dexterity
[   ] 5 Lbs [   ] 25 Lbs [   ] Low
[   ] 20 Lbs [   ] 50 Lbs [   ] Medium
[   ] 40 Lbs [   ] 150 Lbs [   ] High
[   ] 60 Lbs [   ] 250 Lbs  
[   ] Over 60 Lbs [   ] Over 250 Lbs  

Indicate the average percentage of time during regular shift devoted to each of the following activities.

  0-20% 21-40% 41-60% 61-80% 81-100%
Standing [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Walking [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Squatting [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Sitting [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Bending to waist level [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Bending to the floor [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Reaching to shoulder level [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Reaching above the shoulder [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Driving a car [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Driving a van [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]
Driving other: [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ]

Hearing: Adequate to perform the essential functions of the job such as interacting with staff, patients, physicians, codes, emergency situations.

Speaking: Adequate to perform the essential functions of the job such as explaining procedures, communicating clearly with staff.

Vision: Adequate to perform the essential functions of the job such as observing patient appearance and obtaining information from patient chart.

Mental (such as problem solving, cognitive reasoning, communication skills, attention and memory, reading, writing and arithmetic): Adequate to perform the essential functions of the job such as assessing patient conditions and staffing emergencies, HBMS; reacting calmly and effectively in emergency situations; resolving problems and conflicts.


  1. Employees Reporting to this Job
    1. Approximate number of FTEs reporting to this job:
    2. Job titles of employees reporting to this job:
  2. Primary Customers Receiving Services or Goods from this Job
    1. Internal

      [X] other team members

      [X] other departments within the facility

      [X] other entities within the health system

      [X] physicians

      [X] volunteers

      [X] other

    2. External

      [X] patients and families

      [X] visitors

      [X] community organizations

      [X] payers

      [X] vendors

      [X] other


Medical Director Date

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Revised Date:

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