Under the general direction of the Health Officer, oversees the development and evaluation of standards of medical care throughout the department, provides medical direction to the Health Department’s medical staff, and advises the Health Officer in matters of medical policy. Establishes medical protocols and practices in compliance with established professional standards of care and practices and the Michigan Public Health Code (PA 368 of 1978, as amended); provides clinical supervision of health professionals; acts as a liaison to the local medical community; examines and treats patients, and performs related duties as required.
This is a full-time, benefited position working at the James Street Campus in Holland, MI.
Essential Job Functions
The qualified candidate will possess the abilities to perform the essential job functions including, but are not limited to, the following:
Serves as chief medical advisor to the Health Officer.
Evaluates and reviews the need for County-wide public health medical services and the effectiveness of existing programs and recommends program changes to meet identified needs and priorities.
Provides medical direction in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating public health programs.
Develops, maintains, and revises medical protocols, policies, and procedures in conjunction with medical, nursing, and administrative staff and in compliance with Michigan Public Health accreditation standards.
Provides consultation to managers in all areas of operations in matters of medical policy, standards of medical care and the implementation of changes in federal and local laws, ordinances, regulations, and statutes pertaining to standards of medical care and practice.
Develops and directs the implementation of quality assurance and quality control practices and protocols for the delivery of medical care to clients.
Advises clinical staff of areas needing quality improvement and provides medical consultation throughout process.
Informs and advises Health Officer, Board of Commissioners, and County Administration of emerging public health threats while providing medical consultation on appropriate clinical interventions.
Establishes and maintains relationships with all relevant health care partners and stakeholders from both public and private sectors to foster cross-sector collaboration and collective action around critical community health needs.
Ensures compliance of the department's various health programs with national and statewide medical standards and the Michigan Public Health Accreditation Program requirements.
Ensures compliance of health care community with public health measures, regulations, reporting requirements, and general health and safety standards.
Provides medical direction to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness planning and during public health emergency response.
Serves as medical representative to the media and on Local, Regional and State work groups.
Provides medical care and supervision for patients in the Tuberculosis Clinic. Reviews all cases of active tuberculosis (TB) and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), interviews all TB and LTBI patients, reviews all x-rays, and laboratory values, prescribes appropriate treatment, and oversees follow up.
Develops and delivers in-service training and continuing education to Public Health and area health care providers.
Provides medical direction for public health programs in other counties in the absence of the local medical director through local sharing agreements.
Ensures that all department practices and procedures with respect to client medical records and personal health information comply with HIPAA and all other statutory rules and regulations governing the integrity and confidentiality of said information.
Serves as medical consultant for the Ottawa County Medical Examiner System and the Ottawa County Jail Health Services.
Consult and work with programs and partners in public health research.
Documentation of activities in department's electronic medical record and other database systems.
Helps support an equitable, safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace.
Required Education, Training and Experience
M.D. or D.O. degree from an accredited school of medicine, Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from an accredited institution, and two years of progressively responsible full-time experience in public health practice.
Successful completion of 24 credit hours towards an MPH degree and three years of progressively responsible experience in public health practice may be considered acceptable evidence of progress towards completion of the required master’s degree. Must be licensed to practice medicine in the State of Michigan and certified by an appropriate American medical specialty board (preventive medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or internal medicine).
Licenses and Certifications:
Must be licensed to practice medicine in the State of Michigan and certified by an appropriate American medical specialty board (preventive medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or internal medicine).
Internal Number: 1710-01
About Ottawa County
Ottawa County is located in the southwestern section of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Its western
boundary is formed by Lake Michigan. Ottawa County is 174 miles west of Detroit and 150 miles
northeast of Chicago. The County is composed of 17 townships, six cities, and one village, with an area of 565 square miles. Thirty-eight (38%) percent of the County’s land mass is farmland. The County leads all other Michigan counties in the production of turkeys, ornamental nursery crops, blueberries, and perennials. The County has a state equalized value of over $11 billion. Recent census reports indicate that 291,830 people choose to call Ottawa County home. From 2010 to 2019, Ottawa County’s population increased by 10.6%; the fastest growing county in the State and still the eighth most populous county in Michigan. Over 50% of Ottawa County’s population growth resulted from migration to the area. The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Ottawa County was 3.7% in December 2020, 3rd lowest unemployment in the State.
Each year this area welcomes millions of visitors to its vacation playground. In Holland, people from all
over the world come to the Tulip Time festival each spring.... It is the third largest such festival in the
United States. Grand Haven boasts the name “Coast Guard City, USA” as it hosts an annual Coast
Guard Festival that attracts 350,000 people a year. Ottawa County's convenient location and never-too warm summer climate have made it a mecca for sportsmen and vacationers. Besides Lake Michigan
beaches, there are 307 miles of rivers and streams, two state parks, and over 5,000 acres of county
parks and open space lands for visitors to enjoy. Ottawa County is truly a pleasant place in which to
live and visit.
The Board of Commissioners provides oversight, establishes policy, and builds the strategic plan for the County operations. The Board consists of 11 elected officials representing districts through two-year terms. The Commissioners establish policies that primarily deal with activities of the county
government that include county budget, appropriations, personnel, capital improvements, and county
services. The Board provides oversight of the day-to-day operations by appointing a county
administrator and assuring that county department leaders carry out their tasks effectively, efficiently,
and with fiscal responsibility. The Board of Commissioners is uniquely situated to keep an eye on the
future, anticipating changes in society and legislation, and, through their policy setting role, work to
keep the entire county operation focused on excellence and cost-effectiveness in their provision of
services to citizens.
Ottawa County has 32 departments which range greatly in services. The Board-appointed County
Administrator manages the finances, including the budget, provides leadership and management of
Board initiatives, and oversees general County operations. The remaining operations are managed by
either elected officials (Clerk/Register of Deeds, Water Resources Commissioner, Prosecutor, Sheriff,
and Treasurer), statutory boards (Community Mental Health), or the judiciary. The county employs
about 1,100 employees, with about 850 being full-time.