Exercise Physiologist

CHI Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Published
September 29, 2021
Location
Houston, TX
Category
Job Type

Description

Overview

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St. Luke’s Health. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital is the home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD. The hospital was the first facility in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award five consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.

CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.

Position Summary

Performs a fitness assessment on patients as required.  Develops individualized exercise prescriptions based on patient's goals. He/she Performs fitness assessments and goal modifications as required. The position Provides support and education to meet patient's goals for risk factor modification. Must assess patients for symptoms, EKG changes and contraindications to exercise and education on risk factor modification.

Responsibilities

Position Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with physicians and nursing staff to identify patients requiring mobilization plans of care
  • Collaborates with nursing to develop and implement individualized mobilization plans of care for patient
  • Collaborates with nursing to evaluate effectiveness of the plan of care in achieving desired outcomes and revises plan of care as needed
  • Interdepartmental liaison between the recovery room, intensive care areas and the floors to promote continuity of care and discharge planning
  • Communicates treatment plan with collaborative team members – medical, nursing, PT, OT, SW, Case Manager
  • Monitors patient for ECG changes, cardiac arrhythmias, blood pressure and symptoms before, during and after exercise
  • Demonstrates quality & financial benefits of program through reports on improved patient outcomes, length of stay, and cost per case for this patient population
  • Validate staff understanding and adherence to patient safety standards while mobilizing patients
  • Provides information and resource materials to new staff, which will contribute to early assimilation into the organization and the accomplishment of orientation outcomes in a timely manner
  • Participates in product/equipment evaluations. Provides staff education on new and existing products and equipment
  • Contributes to the delivery of quality, cost effective patient care through the development and the implementation of staff development programs and self-directed learning activities designed to meet identified learning needs, to enhance professional development and to increase competency
  • Conduct and Supports outcomes oriented research and integrates findings into clinical practice, educational programs, and policy updates
  • Leads and Participates in the Performance Enhancement program and other quality enhancement activities through monitoring and evaluating the outcomes of programs

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Licensure:

  • Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience:

  • One (1) year of related work experience

Minimum Knowledge and Skills:

  • Good understanding of exercise testing, liver transplant rehabilitation, arrhythmia recognition and general exercise physiology
  • Basic Computer skills with Microsoft Windows, Excel and the internet
  • Basic EKG interpretation skills validated, or obtained within six months of employment
  • Physically able to perform job duties
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