BHCHP’s Medical Respite program—which today encompasses both the Barbara McInnis House (BMH) and Stacy Kirkpatrick House (SKH)—is one of the oldest and largest in the country.
Our Medical Respite program was created to provide short-term medical and recuperative services in a dignified setting for homeless individuals well enough for hospital discharge but too sick to be discharged to the shelter or street. These are medically complex cases: The most common conditions managed in Medical Respite include infections (e.g., pneumonia, cellulitis, abscesses, HIV, and most recently COVID-19), acute exacerbations of chronic disease (e.g., COPD, CHF, ESLD), peri-operative and peri-procedural care needs, cancer care, and end of life care. Co-morbid psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders are prevalent.
As our new Medical Director of Respite Programs, you will lead a multi-disciplinary medical staff at BMH (104 beds) and SKH (20 beds) while maintaining high-quality standards of patient care. You’ll work in close collaboration with our Director of Nursing for Medical Respite, Director of Operations for Medical Respite, and Associate Medical Director of Respite Programs, to oversee the daily respite operations at BHCHP. You will also maintain close working relationships with area hospitals, homeless shelters, and other community partners.
Clinical Care and Management
Serves as the clinical leader of the respite medical staff, providing support, guidance, patient care, and critical evaluation, with direct responsibility for overseeing patient care on one assigned clinical team within respite
Supervises, mentors, and collaborates with nurse practitioners and physician assistants
Hires and supervises an Associate Medical Director of Respite Programs, who shares on-call and clinical leadership responsibilities with the Medical Director of Respite Programs
This position may support up to 4 weeks per year of inpatient care at local hospitals
Working with clinical leadership in the overall vision-setting, management, and resource stewardship of the Medical Respite Program, which employs roughly 250 staff, including over 100 nurses
Promotes communication between the Medical Respite program and other parts of BHCHP
Participates in relevant committees, serving as co-chair of the Clinical Care Committee and co-chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
Participates in other appropriate BHCHP-wide committees including, but not limited to, Senior Management Team, Management Team, Emergency Preparedness and Safety Task Force, and the Quality and Efficiency Committee
Teaching, Research, and Quality Improvement
Ensures growth of the clinical knowledge of Medical Respite staff (including NPs and PAs) and trainees from local medical schools/hospitals through educational opportunities and individual mentoring
Holds regular educational seminars on topics relevant to Medical Respite clinical care, including case conferences and Morbidity & Mortality Reviews of any adverse clinical events
Does this amazing opportunity interest you? Then we'd love to hear from you.
An Equal Opportunity Employer.
MD with primary care specialty (Internal Medicine or Family Medicine)
At least 3 years of clinical experience as an MD caring for underserved populations
DEA X-waiver required
Familiarity with hospital medicine, addiction medicine, and/or Health Care for the Homeless program(s) is desired
Prior managerial/administrative experience is preferred
Strong understanding of the complex health problems of homeless people, substance use disorder, harm reduction strategies, and the social determinants of health. An understanding of the historical and current effects of racism and xenophobia in the health care setting is desired.
Additional Salary Information: BHCHP offers a generous benefits package to our regular staff. These benefits include:
Affordable and comprehensive medical and dental insurance plans
20 vacation days per year
10 sick days per year
3 personal days per year
11 holidays per year
Automatic enrollment in our Profit Sharing retirement plan
Employer contribution to retirement plan; employee is not required to contribute to receive the employee contribution
Subsidized MBTA passes
Fully sponsored life insurance and long term disability insurance
Reimbursement for clinical licensing
Educational opportunities, both internal and external, including CME/CEU/Staff Development allowance and conference days allowance for all benefit staff.
Internal Number: MDRespite982020
About Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Since 1985, our mission has remained the same: to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless individuals and families in the greater Boston area. We believe it has been and continues to be medicine that matters:
• Vulnerable patients are kept alive and get help managing chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
• Dedicated clinical and non-clinical staff share their passion for a vibrant mission and support each other in bringing the mission alive.
• Generous donors find a fulfilling way to respond to the feelings of helplessness that come with concern for those on the street.
• Shelter partners benefit from BHCHP's medical expertise while focusing on their core mission, avoiding wasteful duplication of services.
• Boston's many hospitals can depend on BHCHP as an alternative to the emergency room as well as a safe discharge location for medically vulnerable patients.
BHCHP's targeted, compassionate management of limited resources yields everyday successes that are a living tribute to the ideals of a just society.