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Histotechnologist Lead F/T Days Gordon Hospital

Req #: 18002991
Location: Calhoun, GA
Job Category: Laboratory
Organization: Gordon Hospital and Murray Medical Center
Potential Referral Bonus: $


Under the immediate supervision of the Pathologist, Director of Laboratory Services, and Assistant Laboratory Manager, the Lead Histotechnologist performs clinical testing in the histology/pathology area of the laboratory.  The Lead Histotechnologist is responsible for day-to-day technical operations of the Histology area; processing, preparation and staining of histology specimens to prepare the specimens to be evaluated by the pathologist.  Confirms & verifies, correlates & interprets test results utilizing in-depth knowledge of techniques, principles, instruments, & physiology.  Recognizes technical, instrumental & physiological problems, identifies the cause & evaluates alternative solutions.  Operates, maintains, & repairs equipment. 


This position will have the following responsibilities for the department: competency training, student training, instrument maintenance and training, scheduling, inventory management, manage proficiency testing, manage department QA documentation and follow-up, and maintain a quality improvement process.


This position may also have additional responsibilities as deemed necessary by Laboratory.





·    Maintains all the essential job functions of the Histotechnologist.


·    Works with Laboratory Director & Medical Director to prioritize customer needs appropriately in allocating resources and providing service.

·    Shows enthusiasm in the workplace; actively involved in promoting morale, encouraging others, and improving associate satisfaction scores.

·    Seeks opportunities to work cooperatively with other members of the hospital & system though quality assurance processes. 

·    Adjusts to changing customer needs by adapting work habits, schedules, or matters of personal convenience to improve service.

·    Develops section policies and procedures in consultation with Medical Director and Laboratory Director. 

·    Shares technical knowledge with co-workers; leads training & orientation of new employees/students & serves as a resource to current staff, students, & physicians.

·    Coordinates ongoing training and development of Histology staff, establishing evaluation criteria and insuring compliance with regulatory standards. 

·    Willingly assists other associates during times of high volume workload.

·    Responds in a professional manner to customer requests & inquiries, assuming responsibility for seeing them through to completion.

·    Recognizes limitations & asks for assistance/instruction when necessary.

·    Limits personal phone calls & business so as not to compromise productivity.

·    Takes responsibility for own actions; openly admits mistakes & seeks ways to correct the problem.

·    Demonstrates & models positive behaviors which are supportive of change.

·    Utilizes critical thinking to recognize & resolve problems, documents corrective actions, and communicates to team

·    Uses strong technical skills in performing problem solving, making decisions about and verifying section procedures with speed and accuracy. 

·    Receives, prioritizes, and processes specimens in a timely manner to meet or exceed turnaround time standards.

·    Performs & evaluates quality control, equipment maintenance, and instrument calibration as needed.

·    Uses the LIS efficiently to order tests, enter results/documentation, & obtain information, in keeping with established protocols.

·    Recognizes that the attainment of knowledge is every employee’s responsibility & accepts accountability for staying current on all written or electronic communication.

·    Enhances technical expertise & professional knowledge by participation in mandatory & continuing education opportunities.

·    Evaluates new techniques, instruments and methods with attention to staffing, equipment and budgetary resources.

·    Evaluates and maintains inventory in correct balance for efficient operation of section and works to minimize waste to control costs.

·    Assists in operations budget development and insures that section meets budget goals.

·    Works independently and is able train, teach, and critique associates in department.

·    Uses time efficiently when regular workload is done to maintain department functions.

·    Maintains clean, well-stocked, & organized work area.

·    Understands, utilizes, and updates department resources, including department manuals, administrative policy manuals, safety manuals, MSDS & other reference material.

·    Utilizes Personal Protective Equipment and follows established chemical hygiene and biohazard protocols.

·    Ensures organization and continuing development of histology staff.

·    Mentors staff in adapting to changing customer requirements.

·    Participates in and maintains competency requirements for self and those in department.

·    Ensures product quality and accuracy through Quality Control monitors.

·    Distributes daily workload to insure timely service, in keeping with client satisfaction and turnaround time expectations.






·         Computers, telephone, fax, copier, printers, microtome, cryostat, microscope, stainer, cover slipper, tissue processor, embedding center, monitored refrigerators & freezers, and centrifuges.





·      Associate’s Degree or Graduate of a Technical School

·      2 to 5 Years of Position-Related Experience



·      Bachelor’s Degree

·      5+ Years of Position-Related Experience




·      HT(Histotechnologist)-ASCP Certified or Equivalent


This facility is an equal opportunity employer and complies with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, regulations and ordinances.
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