Job Description

Job Title: Health Unit Coordinator - High Level Respiratory Intermediate Care Unit - 4 MRIU
Job ID: 721268
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours: Rotating Days/Evenings
Shift: Rotating
Department: 4 IU
Location: 201 State St, Erie PA 16550


The Magnet Designated Hospital, UPMC Hamot, is currently looking to hire a Part-Time Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) to support the 4 Medical Respiratory Intermediate Unit (MRIU) located at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA. 

The Unit 4 IU is a medical/respiratory intermediate unit. Primary focus is caring for a variety of patients with respiratory complications requiring a higher level of care, but not critical care. The unit can also deliver a higher level of acute care by servicing patients requiring dialysis, mechanical ventilation, and tracheostomy care. 

The HUC in this position will work a rotating schedule of days and evenings to ensure 24/7 coverage for patients.


 Responsibilities of the Health Unit Coordinator includes:
  • Greeting all patients, family members, visitors and staff members.
  • Assisting with all communications regarding the department, accurately updates and maintains patient flow process and coordinate patient tests and procedures.
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction.  
  • Identifies and communicates learning needs to the unit director.  
  • Takes action to improve knowledge, skills and performance.  
  • *Serves as a resource for staff and other disciplines. Serves as a preceptor for new staff members.  
  • Prior to performing new or challenging tasks, requests assistance and reviews relevant policies and procedures. 
  • Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. Participates in self-review as requested by the unit director. 
  • Participates in project and committee work.
  • 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 appropriately.
  • 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. 
  • Reports Bedboard discrepancies to Bed Flow Coordinator, or appropriate person. 
  • Establishes appropriate and effective communication strategies. Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
  • 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. 
  • Performs unit audits as directed.  
  • Initiates quiet time or monitors noise level. 
  • Strictly adheres to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information. 
  • Adheres to HIPAA and blocked policies. 
  • Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions. 
  • Performs assigned work in a timely and productive manner.
  • Suggests and supports changes within the department.  
  • Assumes responsibility for assignments and views problems as challenges. 
  • Demonstrates awareness of how one's own behavior impacts the efficient functioning of the department.


  • 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. 
  • In the course of duties may be asked to distribute medications to the nurse at the bedside.  
  • Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

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

Salary Range: $12.22 to $18.61

Union Position: No

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