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Director, Behavioral Health, Ottumwa, IAOttumwa, Iowa

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Job # 454886 Date posted 01/10/2023


Lifepoint Health is committed to a culture of service excellence as demonstrated by our employees’ adherence to the service excellence principles of Pride, Teamwork, Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Fun, Professionalism, and Responsibility.  Our mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer and employee we serve.

We are seeking a Director-Behavioral Health for Ottumwa Regional Health Center.


Responsibility for the strategic planning, managing, directing, coordinating and controlling the overall operations of behavioral health program and services.  Provides leadership to ensure attainment of strategic objectives and the delivery of quality, economical health care services and other related lines of business.  Coordinates and enforces program-wide policies and procedures that support the accomplishment of the behavioral health services’ aims, objectives, and programs.  Directs the short-range and long-range planning functions that develop goals, objectives, and strategic plans to ensure quality services and a financially sound program.  Participates and manages the budget for the programs, allocates funds within the budget as directed by the VP, Finance Behavioral Health and ensures that the programs operate within the budget.  Provides supervision to the leaders and staff in the designated programs.

  • Essential Functions:
  • Maintains overall responsibility for all aspects of operations.
  • Assures that all policies established by the Governing Body are implemented appropriately.
  • Directs the strategic planning and marketing for programs, with input from division leadership.
  • Prepares and submits an annual budget for program as directed by VP, Finance Behavioral Health, showing the expected revenue and expenditures as required by the board.
  • In coordination with the board, the medical staff, and other finance personnel, responds to the community’s needs for quality health care services by monitoring the adequacy of the hospital’s medical activities.
  • Oversees and provides direction to leadership regarding behavioral health programs’ mission and objectives, expected productivity and efficiency, establishing policies and procedure and compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances.
  • Consults with leaders on a regular basis; evaluates leadership competence and makes changes as necessary; keeps lines of communication open; works with hospital leadership to foster high employee morale and a positive work environment for employees.
  • Ensures maintenance of physical properties in good and safe state of repair and operation.
  • Presents to the hospital board, and/or the committees, periodic reports reflecting the services and financial activities of the hospitals and such special reports as may be required by the boards.
  • Attends all meetings of the hospital board and committees.
  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory agencies and governing health care delivery and the rules of accrediting bodies by continually monitoring behavioral program operations, programs and physical properties, and ensuring changes where required.
  • Ensures that programs maintain accreditation, licensing and quality patient care through the establishment of performance improvement monitoring programs and standards.
  • Reviews plans for the achievement of programs’ specific objectives and established goals, and periodically reviews, evaluates and updates such plans.  Said plans shall at all times reflect the hospital’s mission statement.
  • Ensures that the leadership team acts as effective liaisons between the hospital and the medical staff; meets with and communicates with program and hospital medical staff as needed; represents the behavioral health programs


  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office, word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of The Joint Commission, local, state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of general budgeting, accounting and management skills.
  • Knowledge of cost reporting, profit and loss and budget compliance.
  • Ability to work well with management teams and employees in a multi-site environment.
  • Ability to spend a limited amount of time on travel.
  • Approximate percent of time required to travel:   Limited



  • Master’s Degree in Nursing required

Licenses/Certification:  Licensure in State of Practice


  • 5 years of leadership experience.
  • 7 years of experience in the discipline.
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  • Benefits and Recognition

    Benefits & Recognition Our goal is to offer valuable compensation and incentive programs that enables us to attract, reward, retain, and motivate highly qualified individuals. Compensation can include bonus plans and recognition for going above & beyond.

  • Healthcare

    Healthcare We offer a variety of Health Savings Account (HSA) and PPO plan options.

  • 401(k) Plan

    401(k) Plan Employees can contribute pre-tax dollars through payroll deduction.

  • Paid Time Off

    Paid Time Off Your work/life balance is important to us. We offer our employees a flexible Paid Time Off program.

  • Wellness Program

    Wellness Program We offer tools, resources and support for weight loss, stress reduction, smoking cessation and making overall healthier choices.

  • Community

    Community Community involvement is consistent with our company's principles and with our mission of customer service and quality care.

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