Medical Lab Assistant I (Days)
Posted on: October 17, 2020
The Medical Laboratory Assistant I has responsibility for the
processing, organizing, labeling, and transporting of specimens for
laboratory testing. Duties also include the input and extraction of
data from the Laboratory Information System and the performance of
clerical tasks such as answering phones and filing documents.
PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED
Refer to departmental Scope of Service and Provision of Care plans,
as applicable, for description of primary age groups and
populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.
HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
I.Provide personalized care and service by consistently
demonstrating our I CARE values:
INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional,
ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity,
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for
others to emulate.
II.Focuses on patient/customer safety
III.Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
IV.Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by
following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive
Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
V.Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their
needs are being met
VI.Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by
enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to
the given job
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
1.Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a
dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one other to
achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members
of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting
pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive
SERVICE - 25%
1.Prepares specimens for courier pick up and delivery to referral
lab as necessary. Communicates with other laboratory personnel when
specimens need to be transported to other areas.
2.Performs various Laboratory Information System functions. Files
requisitions, reports and other pathology materials appropriately.
Answers the telephone and refers requests for the delivery of
results to physician offices appropriately.
3.Organizes workload and sets priorities. Keeps work area neat,
clean and well stocked. Utilizes all available work time by
assisting others and performing additional tasks.
QUALITY/SAFETY - 40%
1.Receives, triages, orders, labels and transports specimens for
laboratory testing. Processes specimens, aliquots, and/or
slides/blocks according to procedure for samples tested in the
laboratory as well as samples forwarded to referral laboratories.
Handles STAT samples expeditiously. Assists pathologist and/or
other laboratory personnel with specimen grossing as needed.
2.Recognizes problems (such as mislabels, incorrect tube type,
etc.), identifies causes, and takes corrective action to solve
3.Operates automated instrumentation as applicable at entity
following all safety measures. Performs and documents any
processing equipment maintenance.
4.Maintains a safe environment within the Laboratory, following all
policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials, security
and emergency preparedness.
FINANCE - 5%
1.Adjusts work schedule to accommodate departmental/organizational
needs. Appropriately utilizes the time recording system.
2.Uses department resources/equipment/supplies properly and
GROWTH/INNOVATION - 5%
1.Participates in departmental projects activities, and seeks
continuing education opportunities to expand learning beyond
baseline competencies with a focus on continual development.
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the
employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job
duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise
job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED,
verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion
of post-secondary education, etc.)
Previous experience in a laboratory preferred
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
to perform the Essential Functions of the Job
Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely
perform the assigned job, determined through on-going evaluations
consisting of one or more of the following: skills, competency
assessments and/or performance reviews
Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all
levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent
customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and
Strong organizational skills to handle a heavy workload and
Demonstrates a working knowledge of specimen requirements for
testing, processing, and proper waste disposing
Possesses basic computer knowledge to operate multiple computer
systems to include Office software to maintain patient and testing
records and other related documents
Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the
English language necessary to perform the essential functions of
this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or
employee safety or security
Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians,
family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a
customer service focus and application of positive language
Equal Employment Opportunity
Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which
Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not
engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person
employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis
of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or
other characteristics protected by law.
VEVRAA Federal Contractor priority referral Protected Veterans
Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, located 35 miles southeast of
Houston, is the area's only full-service hospital offering
specialized medical care for patients at every stage in life. This
392 licensed bed hospital with 18 operating rooms, and over 1,400
employees, brings Medical Center excellence and quality care close
to East Harris and surrounding counties. APPLY.
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