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Site Occupational Medical Director (SOMD)

Site Occupational Medical Director (SOMD)

Job ID 4990
Job Location Richland - WA
Category Healthcare
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time


Hanford Occupational Medical site is a 586 square-mile site, located in southeast Washington State, and was established in the 1940’s as a plutonium production complex for the Manhattan Project.  Throughout Hanford’s 50 years of operation, by products of plutonium production have accumulated to become this country’s largest environmental cleanup project.  In 1989, the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington State Department of Ecology signed the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order, commonly known as the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA), which codifies the DOE’s commitment to clean up the Hanford Site.  The TPA outlines legally enforceable project milestones for Hanford cleanup over the next several decades.


The SOMD has responsibility for overseeing the provision of Hanford Occupational Medical Services and advising DOE on medical issues. The SOMD is responsible for the overall operation of the clinics that support the Hanford site.



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.


The Site Occupational Medical Director oversees all of the patients, doctors, nurses, and other staff and manages and oversees daily clinical and administrative operations.


The SOMD attends and presents at meetings with other departments and area groups and agencies.


The SOMD provides patient care and follow up services, including assessing patient care plans.


As a part of clinic operations the SOMD develops, evaluates, approves, and revises clinical policy and protocols.


The SOMD ensures the clinic conducts Medical Monitoring and conducts Qualification Examinations.


The SOMD collects and reports on Medical surveillance data annually.  The SOMD is responsible for communication and coordination of findings with appropriate public health agencies.


Through clinic operations, the SOMD provides Diagnosis and Treatment of Injury or Illness and Monitored Care.


The SOMD is responsible for administering the medical surveillance program and shall appoint a licensed physician as Lead for the Beryllium Medical surveillance program. 



The SOMD seeks out Health Program Improvements.


The SOMD is responsible for appropriate Information and Records Management handling of clinic data.


Support the Hanford Site integrated emergency and disaster preparedness planning.  The SOMD is responsible for the management and implementation of the medical portion of the site emergency and disaster plan. The medical portion shall be closely integrated with, and made a part of, the overall site emergency and disaster preparedness plan; The SOMD shall advise DOE of the actions needed to manage the integration of Hanford occupational medical emergency and disaster planning with the surrounding communities' plans. Integration with the local hospitals will be required in these activities.


The SOMD and healthcare providers conduct regular  Field/Facility Worksite Visits (WSV) to ensure practitioners are familiar with employee job tasks, worksite environments, and existing or potential health hazards.


The SOMD ensures Case Management is conducted appropriately at the clinic.


The SOMD ensures the clinic provides vaccine services.



The SOMD  shall possess a M.D. or D.O. degree, and possess a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Washington.  Shall have completed an internship or one-year of residency in a primary care specialty (e.g. OEM. Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Aerospace Medicine, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).  Shall have experience in the provision of primary occupational health care and general medical care and successfully completed the American Heart Association (AHA) in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training.  BLS and ACLS certification shall be maintained and current at all times.  Shall have a minimum of 3 years of experience in the oversight and management of occupational medical programs similar in complexity and type to the services described.




The SOMD must certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), aerospace medicine (AM), or Public Health & Preventive Medicine (PM) by the appropriate Medical or Osteopathic Medical certifying board.



The SOMD must be eligible for a DOE Access Authorization and shall possess a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Washington.



Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.



Ability to comprehend and apply principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra, and advanced statistical theory.  Ability to work with concepts such as limits, rings, quadratic and differential equations, and proofs of theorems.



Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverba1 symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases.  Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.