MD / Administration

St. Louis, Missouri

Department of Veterans Affairs
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The VA St. Louis Health Care System (VASTLHCS) is actively seeking a BC physician leader to serve as Chief of Staff for the VASTLHCS.

The Chief of Staff provides Leadership and Organizational Representation by promoting the development of healthcare professionals through counseling, mentoring and teaching; provides an environment that provides patient care, education activity and administrative planning and evaluation based on integration and application of current knowledge. The Chief of Staff must create an environment of system-oriented continuous quality improvement, within which programs and quality of care effectiveness are evaluated. You must effectively integrates the needs of the affiliation relationship with Saint Louis University and Washington University with patient care needs at the facility; ensures effective supervision of non-resident trainees, and of residents.

Competitive salary and annual perforamnce bonus of up to $15,000
Full benefits (see below)
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station Travel) have been authorized for this position and will be paid as allowable by regulation.
Signing Bonus is available for highly-qualified candidate
Licensure: 1 Full and unrestricted license from any US State is permissible to work at this facility
CME: $1,000 per year stipend for reimbursement + 1 week paid authorized absence to attend (subject to budget availability)
Student Loan Repayment: The Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) is designed to assist individuals in reducing their qualifying loan balances and in retaining employees by reimbursing loan payments of up to $120,000 over a five year service period
Malpractice: Liability protection with tail coverage provided

The VA St Louis Health Care System is a 2 campus, full-service tertiary referral center providing advanced inpatient and ambulatory care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, and rehabilitation, as well as over 65 subspecialty areas, including the VAs busiest interventional cardiac program, interventional radiology, radiation oncology, and full services in cardiac surgery and cranial based neurosurgery will be starting this year.

Why St. Louis? It's not just that St. Louis boasts the kind of cultural treasures you'd expect to see only in the very biggest American cities. It's not just that it boasts terrific recreational opportunities, from major league sports teams to spectacular parks and golf courses to beautiful hiking and canoeing nearby. It's that you can do these things in St. Louis. It's that nothing is out of reach - in price, in location, in the size of the crowd trying to get in. In addition to having a strong business environment, St. Louis is a pleasant place to live, offering friendly neighborhoods, affordable cost of living, and a vast range of things to do.

Whether youre interested in academics, research, or a better work/life balance, youll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction youll get from caring for those who have served our country. In addition to competitive pay and liability protection, the VA also offers a robust benefits plan that includes:

Paid Time Off:
26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave you can carry over up to 688 hours into a new year
13 Days paid sick leave available for valid use. At end of career, unused sick leave can be used to extend creditable service for retired pay purpose.
10 Federal holidays with pay
5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME (subject to availability)

Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA)
Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government.
Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:
VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-FRAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
How is the pension funded? VA employees hired after January 1, 2014 automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employees salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employees salary
Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2014, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $17,500, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $23,000
The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
Disability Retirement
Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years service

Date Posted: 16 March 2024
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