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Chief Perfusionist

Company: BJC HealthCare
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Job Description:

Information About this Position


Company and Job Overview

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the St. Louis region’s top adult hospital. Formed from the merger of the former Barnes and Jewish Hospitals to become Missouri’s largest hospital, it continues the traditions of its predecessors along with its partner, Washington University School of Medicine, in providing cutting-edge treatments, educating future medical professionals and working to make our community as healthy as it can be.

For over two decades Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been ranked on the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll. In 2021, Barnes-Jewish ranked 17th overall with 11 specialties being ranked. The hospital was also the first hospital in Missouri to be designated as a Magnet® hospital in 2003 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing and has been redesignated consistently since.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a teaching hospital staffed by more than 1,500 Washington University Physicians, the clinical practice for the Washington University School of medicine. The academic medicine partnership has developed many treatments and procedures that are now common across the globe.


Role Purpose

Provide leadership in the planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling and evaluating of perfusion services at BJH as well as all responsibilities of a staff perfusionist providing cardiopulmonary and mechanical circulatory support for patients with emphasis on complex procedures including support for heart failure and non-cardiac procedures and level 1 trauma support. Manages perfusion services at busy 24/7 level 1 trauma Hospital with over 1600 perfusion cases annually with the Chief directly overseeing 100+ cases annually.


  • Manages BJH perfusionists including but not limited to:  hires, trains, assigns work, manages & evaluates performance, conducts professional development plans.  Ensures that the productivity and actions of the BJH perfusionists meet/support the overall operational goals of the department as established by department leadership.
  • Maintains optimal communication, close cooperation and consultation with attending physicians in the extracorporeal perfusion process.
  • Oversight of program including the heart-lung machine and extracorporeal units used during open heart surgical procedures and documentation of activities on the perfusion record.
  • Ensures quality of care of the perfusion process by implementing, communicating, and/or developing philosophies of standards of care, enforcing adherence to organizational, departmental and outside regulatory requirements and monitoring and/or measuring financial, operational and clinical outcomes against standards.
  • Directs and ensures the delivery of safe, appropriate patient care through effective leadership skills.  Oversees the design, implementation and participation of the education and training programs for cardiopulmonary bypass and extracorporeal support specialists, physicians and critical support personnel.  Directs education of perfusion students through clinical affiliations (accredited perfusion education programs).
  • Leads the development of departmental staffing, revenue and/or expense budgets and having direct responsibility for adhering to those goals.  This includes responding to changes in the business which may affect the ability to achieve the budget goals.
  • Manages training and support of staff in use of variety of heart failure and ventricular support devices transplants (heart, lung, liver) as well as, handling high dose chemo therapeutic cases, aortic dissections and aneurysms and the support for clinical trials and investigational devices.
  • BJC has determined this is a safety-sensitive position. The ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner is an essential function of this job.
  • Performs Other Responsibilities as Assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Cert Clinical Perfusionist
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Licensed Perfusionist

Preferred Qualifications


  • 2-5 years of experience
  • 2-5 years of supervisory experience

Benefits Statement

Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

-  Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options
-  Pension Plan*/403(b) Plan
-  401(k) plan
-  Tuition Assistance
-  Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
-  On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)
-  Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

*Pension does not apply to Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital East, Alton Memorial or Parkland Health Center

Legal Statement

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


Equal Opportunity Employer




Keywords: BJC HealthCare, St. Louis , Chief Perfusionist, Other , Saint Louis, Missouri

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