Job Description

Job Title: Health Unit Coordinator
Job ID: 618764
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Shadyside
Department: MICU
Location: 5230 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232


For patients and their families, being treated with respect and a positive attitude can make all the difference in the world. The Health Unit Coordinator is the first point of contact for all patients and visitors to the floor, serving as the face of the unit as well as scheduling patients for tests and procedures, arranging transport, and responding to patient requests. If you’re proactive, highly organized, and like to greet people with a smile, then the Health Unit Coordinator role is perfect for you!

UPMC promotes a culture of service excellence, and Health Unit Coordinators play a huge part in that culture. In addition to greeting and directing patients, patients’ family members, and visitors who arrive on the floor, you will also provide important operational support, which can include updating bedboards, entering physician orders, coordinating patient information, answering phones, stocking supplies, distributing mail, and a variety of other tasks as assigned.

UPMC Shadyside is hiring a Casual Health Unit Coordinator to support the MICU.

Unit Description
The Medical ICU at UPMC Shadyside is a 22-bed critical care facility, the largest of Shadyside’s ICUs. We primarily care for critically ill medical, cardiac, and oncology patients, however, due to our size, we frequently receive overflow from many other areas of the hospital. You can expect to see procedures such as tracheoscopies and bronchoscopies right at the bedside, as well as the use of ventilators, rotoprone beds, vasopressors, and CRRT machines. We are very team-oriented here, which is important as the MICU can feel hectic at times; the MICU is an extremely rewarding environment for nurses who enjoy thinking on their feet to meet challenges and solve problems.

Health Unit Coordinators work 12 hr shifts that rotate between days/evenings.


  • Maintains accurate unit communication including, but not limited to: promptly answering telephones, activating the paging system, facilitating timely faxing, and distributing patient and unit mail.
  • Greets and assists visitors, physicians and other staff members.
  • Utilizes hospital information systems, including but not limited to eRecord, MARS, Medipac, Bedboard, and Teletracking.
  • Updates Bedboard per unit standards and communicates changes to appropriate staff as needed.
  • Enters and communicates physician orders timely and accurately.
  • Maintains the medical record and patient chart according to established policy.
  • Assures that patient identification plate is correct and that patient identification labels are available at all times.
  • Coordinates other unit activities including, but not limited to scheduling of tests and procedures, scheduling patient transports, completing errands, maintaining appropriate logs and filing reports approp
  • Maintains par levels for designated supplies and forms including "down time" folders.
  • Rounds through family lounge to assure proper items are stocked and room is maintained.
  • Reconciles charges accordingly including but not limited to custom braces and CRRT.
  • Strictly adheres to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.
  • Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.
  • Adheres to HIPAA and "blocked" policies.
  • Performs assigned work in a timely and productive manner.
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction.
  • Maintains office equipment including, but not limited to, computers, telephones, refrigerator temperatures, printers, and fax machines.
  • Submits repair requests to the appropriate departments and follows up as needed.


High school diploma or equivalent.
Knowledge of medical terminology and computer applications.
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
Completion of a Certified Health Unit Secretary course preferred.
Customer service or clerical experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

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UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $13.18 to $20.66

Union Position: No

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