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Medical Director

Physician, Medical Director - Institution

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: May 18, 2016 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 07208024089
Salary Range: $221,645 annually -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Orofino

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is seeking a psychiatrist with a keen interest in administration to serve as Medical Director at State Hospital North. Enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package that includes low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance; malpractice coverage; generous vacation and sick leave; retirement and savings plans; and compensation for on-call coverage. Additionally, we offer potential recruitment incentives such as student loan repayment and relocation assistance.

State Hospital North is a modern 55-bed adult psychiatric hospital located in the beautiful mountains of north central Idaho. Our team of psychiatrists enjoys flexible schedules, cutting edge technology, supportive management and nursing staff, and ongoing professional development and training. Our state hospitals help some of Idaho's most vulnerable and underserved citizens and take a team approach to providing treatment. Our psychiatrists are able to focus on providing quality care, not meeting quotas, length of stay, billing, or other administrative concerns.  

Our hospital is located in the small town of Orofino along the Lewis and Clark Trail. At only 1,000 feet elevation, the mild weather location offers year-round recreational opportunities. Good schools and low cost-of-living make this close-knit community a great place to live.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment at State Hospital North will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. Applicants will be required to pass a background investigation after a conditional offer of employment.


Clinical Program Management

  • Directs and evaluates hospital clinical services;
  • Supervises the medical clinic and pharmacy operations within the hospital;
  • Manages clinical programs through subordinate managers, staff physicians, mid-level practitioners and P.A.'s;
  • Manages clinical services within a defined budget;
  • Provides consultation on community and statewide clinical issues;
  • Serves on the hospital executive committee and participates in hospital-wide management decisions;
  • Through the executive committee process, develops hospital program policy and defining lines of authority and responsibility;
  • Advises Hospital Administrator on overall program direction and recommends action;
  • Ensures medical staff follow any licensing and/or regulatory guidelines, policy and law effecting practice;
  • Coordinates with admissions and medical staff to review and approve admissions;
  • Identifies potential risk management issues pertaining to medical practice and problematic patient cases.

Psychiatric Consultation

  • Provides consultation on unusual or difficult cases to hospitals and regional physicians and staff;
  • Testifies as hospital psychiatric expert in court proceedings;
  • Performs psychiatric diagnostic evaluations for selected cases;
  • May provide training on elements of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensure requirement: Applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure to practice medicine and surgery by the Idaho State Board of Medicine. Licensure must be obtained prior to appointment.
  • Considerable knowledge of: psychiatric theory; psychopathology; psychopharmacology; psychiatric management of dangerous individuals. (Current certification from the American Medical Association specialty board of psychiatry and neurology would demonstrate competence in the preceding knowledge qualifications).
  • Good knowledge of: psychiatric hospital/clinical management. (Current certification from the American Medical Association specialty board of psychiatry and neurology would demonstrate competence in the preceding knowledge qualifications.)
  • Experience: Supervising staff; directing medical treatment and establishing standards of care; testifying in court as expert witness in psychiatry.
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Additional Information:

State Hospital North, Orofino: SHN is a 55-bed adult psychiatric hospital located in north central Idaho. Our hospital employs approximately 137 full- and part-time staff. Orofino, a small, friendly community located on the Clearwater River and at 1,000 ft. elevation, offers year-round recreational opportunities. Summer and fall offer the finest in Steelhead and Chinook salmon fishing, and you'll have immediate access to the Clearwater National Forest. You’ll find scenic golf courses, historical trails, a variety of camping locations, hunting galore, and a 53-mile reservoir right out your front door. If you’re a winter sport enthusiast, you’ll find over 1,200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, cross country and alpine skiing, and of course, fishing. In addition to local recreation, Orofino is less than six hours from Seattle, where you can experience professional sporting events, plays, concerts, and more.

Contact: Todd Hurt, Hospital Administrator, 300 Hospital Drive, Orofino, ID 83544.  Phone: (208) 476-4511, Email:

For any other questions or if you are interested in applying, please contact Erin Floyd, Human Resources, by email at or by phone at (208) 332-7206.  


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