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University of Utah Health Lung Transplant Assistant (MA/CNA/HUC/HCA preferred) in Salt Lake City, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position requires a high-functioning person who is willing to assist a multidisciplinary team in coordinating all patient care related to lung transplant. They must have exceptional communication and problem-solving skills. Clinical experience, medical terminology, patient care background is a must. The majority of coordination will be over the phone with some patient interaction in clinic.

MA/HCA/HUC/CNA preferred


  • Primary intake for all program referrals including assessment of clinical urgency of the referral and identification of key clinical records required for evaluation. Collaborates with Transplant Financial Coordinators to assure appropriate authorization obtained for patients prior to evaluation visit.

  • Schedules transplant recipient / donor complex appointments including initial referral, special follow up appointments and medical workup

  • Creates and continually updates new patient charts, referral packets, educational materials and all documentation needed for entire multidisciplinary team

  • Coordinates transplant evaluation testing which may include but not limited to lab, radiology, cardiology testing, pulmonary testing, surgical and medical specialty clinics, social work, psychiatry, palliative, gastroenterology testing and consults, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, physical therapy, home health and other specific consults as appropriate

  • Enters verbal orders, prioritizing orders based on clinical urgency, and assure completion and appropriate follow up by transplant clinician of all orders in EMR and OSH

  • Facilitates scheduling of living and non-related organ donation and transplantation surgeries and any required pre surgery critical validation relating to blood type, serologies, and other key donor / recipient details

  • Conduct UNOS/UNET reviews and assure high % of accuracy with regulatory data submission

  • Receive and oversee completion of FMLA and Disability paperwork for patients and their caregivers

  • Manage program-specific calendars for entire team and patient schedules

  • Participate in outreach activities for each program including educational events, clinics and follow up in sites internal and external to the UUH facility

  • Works as a transplant team liaison with the patient, their family and caregiver, the outside healthcare professionals and ancillary hospital departments

  • Coordinates all educational materials, packets, patient questionnaires, electronic presentations and any other patient-facing material as directed by the RN coordinator

  • Assists in managing clinic flow and conduct of clinic for all recipients and donors including virtual or in-person meet and greets and testing procedures

  • Conducts medication review with patients

  • Collects, maintains and updates all pre- and post- transplant medical records including eHealth and OSH results and documentation, patient health maintenance information, and any other specialized testing including physical CDs, downloads/uploads, images

  • Accurate entry of all transplant procedure charges at time of transplant.

  • Composes and distributes all written communications with patients and referring providers per transplant department protocols including transplant listing and delisting regulatory letters

  • Triages patient / family, internal UUH clinical staff, and external provider calls into the program; assisting nurse coordinator in determining clinical urgency of incoming calls

  • Coordinate discharge transition to outpatient setting ensuring all appropriate appointments, and testing is scheduled and patient understands the immediate post transplant follow up schedule and testing requirements.

  • Active participation in multidisciplinary patient selection meetings, and morbidity and mortality reviews; including preparation and minutes of organ-specific meeting. Report patient specific updates as requested by clinical team.

  • Act as point of contact for transplant patient death notification and post mortem encounters

  • Maintain accurate transplant medical record through continuous review and update of all critical transplant fields: Phase, Status, Reason throughout all phases of transplant. Ongoing monitoring of obituaries, and mortality reports, to assure Transplant Record is accurate for death, organ status, and other critical transplant data elements.

  • Maintains advance knowledge of all phases of transplant and system utilized to capture transplant specific details, including Epic Phoenix, UNET, SRTR, Breeze, XGY, OPO and other regulatory related data interfaces appropriate for each organ group

  • Primary organ specific contact for patients, staff, and external providers

  • Promotes excellence in all customer service and guest relations with all transplant patients and their caregivers

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Demonstrate exceptional human relations and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to remain calm when assisting chronically ill patients regarding potentially life threatening symptoms or side effects.

  • Ability to triage patient needs and direct them appropriately.

  • Ability to organize complex appointments for each patient who requires the coordination of multiple healthcare professional schedules.

  • Ability to multitask complex issues while using critical thinking skills to assist chronically ill patients

  • Demonstrated proficiency in EHR order entry in the following areas: anatomy and physiology, basic laboratory values, critical thinking, electronic health records, Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), medical terminology and pharmacology.


Qualifications Required

  • Associate’s degree in related field or equivalency.

  • Two years of relatable work experience

Licenses Required

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)

This position requires a high-functioning person who is willing to assist a multidisciplinary team in coordinating all patient care related to lung transplant. They must have exceptional communication and problem-solving skills. Clinical experience, medical terminology, patient care background is a must. The majority of coordination will be over the phone with some patient interaction in clinic. MA/HCA/HUC/CNA preferred

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves sedentary to light working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 20 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Walking

Multi-lingual Candidates Welcomed

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EEO Statement

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources office at 801-581-6500.If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Requisition Number 63755

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule M-F 8-5

Clinical/Non-Clinical Status Non-Clinical

Location Name Acute Care Complex (ACC)

Workplace Set Up Hybrid

City Salt Lake City

State UT


Category Customer Service