Swedish Medical Center Ergonomics and Safe Patient Handling Manager in Seattle, Washington


Swedish Shared Services is looking for an Ergonomics and Safe PatientHandling Manager (1.0 FTE, Days) to work in the Injury Management Program at Swedish First Hill in Seattle, WA.

The Manager for Ergonomics

and Safe Patient Handling provides overall administration and management of the

ergonomics and safe patient handling programs. This manager is responsible for planning, implementing, evaluating, and

managing a comprehensive program of ergonomic and safety patient handling

injury prevention, thereby proving efficient, high quality systems with patient

focused care. The manager ensures that

caregivers maintain the highest level of personal safety by providing injury

prevention and wellness across Swedish Medical Center, with consultation for

Swedish Medical Group and Joint Ventures. This position manages ergonomics and safe patient handling programs

with the ultimate goal of injury prevention. The Manager

will work collaboratively with leadership in Accreditation and Safety,

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Employee Health, Nursing, Purchasing, Clinical

Education and Practice, Human Resources, Senior Leaders and all related

department leadership in order to facilitate and accomplish optimal performance

and outcomes for health and wellness in our caregiver population. This role

will develop policies and procedures as well as reviewing and analyzing

performance data of the programs and system outcomes and costs.

In this position you will:

  • Be accountable for thecompliance of the ergonomics and Safe Patient Handling (SPH) program accordingto hospital, local, regional, state, and national standards.

  • Manage the ergonomics andSPH program including conducting of periodic risk assessments, development andoversight of equipment procurement standards, policy development, training, andannual program evaluation. Act as a resource andconsultant to ergonomic therapists and managers with challenging ergonomicquestions.

  • Act asa resource and ergonomic consultant when challenges arise for caregiversreturning to work after a work place injury.Oversee ergonomic evaluation of the injured workers when there is a needto evaluate the work station, view the work habits and body mechanics of theinjured worker, and make recommendations to prevent re-injury.

  • Definestandards of safe work practice for staff concerning lifts and transfers of allpatients, in a variety of situations in a manner that promotes patient safetyas well as staff safety; integration of Safe Patient Handling practice intofall prevention as well as skin integrity goals of SMC. Act as a consultant to departments forchallenging patient moves, including bariatric patients.

  • Collaboratewith the direct report to address managers, directors, and administratorsregarding awareness of workers' compensation trends and the need forengineering, administrative and work practice controls as well as ensuringprovision of personal protective equipment, including but not limited to safepatient handling and ergonomic equipment.

  • Act as a resource toproject managers for new and renovation projects to promote caregiver andpatient safety. Participate as a memberof the team in space planning and equipment purchasing for all SMC new andrenovation building projects. Collaborate system wide with project managers and construction leadership to ensureadherence to ergonomic and safety principles.

  • Conduct and/or analyze data/reports to assess and identify risk, plan and implement solutions forreduction of injury and risk elimination including, but not limited to,repetitive motion injuries, back and shoulder injuries and other ergonomicinjuries.

  • Collaborate with theEnvironment of Care Program Manager, Injury Management department, and EmployeeHealth to prevent injuries. Attend appropriate committees as assigned for safety/injury prevention. Report viaQuality Management System as directed.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Successful completion of an accredited program of physical therapy, occupational therapy, or nursing or equivalent education/experience

  • Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration or Business Administration equivalent education/experience

  • Current State of Washington license in therapy or nursing, if applicable to degree

  • 100 hours of coursework and/or training of ergonomics education

  • Minimum five (5) years experience in ergonomics performing work site assessments and/or interventions

  • Current knowledge in ergonomics to provide education,training and practical advice on how to change human-related factors affectedby the technological components of the work environment

  • Current knowledge of the state of the ergonomics field on a local, state and national level

  • High level of communicationskills at verbal and written level to enable an effectiveinterface with management, caregivers, and external vendors

  • Ability to assist inongoing hospital policy development regarding ergonomics, injured workerreturn-to-work programs and Safe Patient Handling at both ministry level andwith Providence

  • Current CPR certification

  • Ability to travel between Providence/Swedish campuses

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • CPE, CEA, CIE, CAE, orCHFEP certification

  • Current or recent experience in a supervisory role

About Swedish Shared Services:

Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. Our expanding network of facilities currently includes three hospital locations in Seattle, a hospital in Edmonds and the new Swedish Issaquah campus. It also consists of Swedish Medical Group’s network of primary care clinics, and affiliations with suburban hospitals and specialty clinics throughout Greater Seattle.

Each campus has a local operations leadership team, supported by centrally located and led corporate services, such as Human Resources, Financial and Information Services.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details


Our Mission

Our nonprofit Mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of each person we serve. Our Vision is to demonstrate the highest-quality, best-value healthcare to all we serve.

About Us

Swedish is the largest nonprofit health care provider in the greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group a network of more than 118 primary care and specialty locations throughout the Puget Sound. Swedish employs more than 13,300 employees and 3,100 physicians and allied health professionals. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we’re committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond. Swedish is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Swedish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, protected veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Non-Clinical Lead/Supervisor/Manager

Location: Washington-Seattle

Work Locations: First Hill Main Bldg (WA145) 747 Broadway Seattle, 98122

Req ID: 205733