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Pathway Program Associate - Pennsylvania Hospital

Job ID: 172193
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Date Posted: Mar 2, 2023

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?


The Pathway Program Associate (PPA) will rotate as assigned throughout the program to support various departments within the hospital. Selected candidates will be matched with departments, which will determine their accountabilities. The PPA will assist in the delivery of direct, non-licensed patient care in accordance with established methods and procedures, under the supervision and guidance of the assigned departmental leadership.


    Maintains appearance of patient care areas and public areas

    Provides assistance to various surgical teams throughout the operating rooms

    Manages equipment and inventory specific to the operating room (Wheel chairs, litters, IV poles and related equipment, hospital beds, elevators, operating room tables, OR lights, instrument stands, oxygen tanks, nitrogen tanks, tourniquet tanks, positioning equipment, environmental services equipment, trash compactors/chutes

    Facilitates and assists with patient transport and the transport of specimens and blood/blood products

    Stock supplies to meet the needs of the department

    Greets new patients providing a brief explanation of services available

    Ensures that patients have received a menu with their welcome packet and answers any questions patients may have while assisting them with placing their meal selections.

    Utilizes a team approach with the Nursing Department to ensure patient satisfaction; assesses floor stock needs based upon established par levels, gathers and supplies each assigned area with the correct amount; rotates existing stock following the first in, first out method and discards any unlabeled or out of date items.

    Patrols Hospital premises for security/safety/fire protection purposes

    Provides protective escort for individuals and hospital property, as required

    Properly labels specimens with 100% accuracy. Draws all timed/scheduled samples in a timely manner. Observes emotional and physical state of patient for any adverse reactions to phlebotomy.

    Follows established procedures for the processing of biological specimens for analysis, and evaluates and solves problems related to that process. Observes all Infection Control policies while handling specimens and disposes of infectious waste properly.

    Researches phone inquiries regarding specimen collection or test results by referencing available manuals and records, and calls caller back promptly. Understands collection requirements for special or referral testing, prepares specimens, ensure integrity and correctness of sample and arranges for dispatch and pick-up of specimens.

    Maintains inventory of equipment and supplies, and notifies Supervisor of the need to re-order before supplies run out. Cleans equipment as requested and per protocol. Performs daily temperature checks on rooms, refrigerators, freezers, incubators and preventive maintenance on centrifuges as needed.

    Performs duties in accordance with Penn Medicine and entity values, policies, and procedures

    Other duties as assigned to support the unit, department, entity, and health system organization

      Education or Equivalent Experience:

      • HS diploma/GED required.

        We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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        We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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