The Medical Director of the 7A Inpatient Psychiatry Unit specializing in the treatment of youth with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders will serve to support the ongoing, rapid growth of the Behavioral Health service line at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This position will work closely with the Chief of Psychiatry / Medical Director, Behavioral Health and Medical Director for Inpatient Services for oversight of the clinical, quality, safety, education, and research activities for the 7A Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at NCH. The overall objective of the Medical Director, in order to optimize the quality of care for patients, serves and advances the fields of psychiatry, psychology, nursing, behavioral health clinicians, and related disciplines through teaching and research.
The 7A Inpatient Psychiatry Unit has 12 beds, with a planned initial opening of 4 beds in March 2020, and ramp up as indicated by demand and appropriate staffing capabilities. It is specifically designed to meet the clinical needs of youth with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders who present with acute symptoms requiring inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. All patient rooms are single occupancy, with safety padding on the walls, soft flooring and furnishings that are designed to minimize the need for use of restraint. The unit has specialized safe treatment rooms with observation capacity to facilitate functional behavioral analysis, assessments when indicated, and complex behavioral interventions for youth with aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior.
The position will be based at the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion is a state-of-the-art 9-story facility dedicated to psychiatric and behavioral health services, research and teaching. The pavilion will open in March 2020 and will be the largest facility of its kind on a pediatric medical campus.
If you or any of your colleagues are interested in applying or discussing this opportunity, please contact:
David Axelson, M.D.
Chief, Department of Psychiatry
Megan Rhodes, M.B.A.
Psychiatry Practice Plan Coordinator
All inquiries and referrals will remain confidential.
A Medical Degree (M.D. or D. O.)
The successful candidate will have two (2) + years of practicing medicine and be Board-certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The ideal candidate will have experience working as an attending physician on an inpatient psychiatric unit and substantial experience working with patients with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
An upwardly mobile physician leader who brings proven experiences from a similar environment and possesses the following attributes will thrive in the role.
Internal Number: 555
About Nationwide Children's Hospital
Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Services is one of the largest pediatric behavioral health service lines in the United States. It fosters a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to mental health care that integrates psychiatry, psychology, community mental health, and related developmental pediatric behavioral health services at Nationwide Children’s and the Ohio State University. Outpatient psychiatric services have comprehensive nursing support.
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