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Community Hospital Microbiologist, Full-Time in Grand Junction, Colorado


Responsible for helping to identify disease situations by using established procedures, and to analyze data for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease by performing the following duties in accordance with Colorado West Healthcare System policies and procedures. Colorado West Healthcare System expects job performance to be consistent with its mission and believes that each Employee contributes to improved performance by continuously searching for ways to provide exceptional customer service, increase efficiencies and enhance fiscal performance and viability. Report to work when scheduled, be 100% honest and get along with others.


(The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Community Hospital reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

  • Technical/Documentation Duties:

  • Performs all designated Community Hospital Microbiology Lab procedures competently. Including specimen handling and processing, test analysis, and reporting and maintaining records of patient test results and quality control and management.

  • Performs microbiological examinations on clinical and environmental specimens for the detection and identification of microbial agents of disease; identifying organisms to the genus and species level when applicable.

  • Understands principles involved in test reactions and understands the microbiology laboratory procedures.

  • Performs complex molecular testing such as PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) for the identification of infectious agents and interprets complex analyses and correlates with infectious disease process.

  • Performs and documents quality control procedures for each test performed. Documents all quality control failures and corrective action taken.

  • Able to organize workload in a consistent and timely manner to report results and quickly and error-free as possible.

  • Performs preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and solves problems or determines alternative solutions for analysis if needed and reports all deviations from established procedure to the Supervisor/Lab Manager. Investigates testing problems/errors and informs Lab Manager of all irregularities, errors or instrument failures and measures taken to solve

  • Utilizes various computer systems in the performance of their job.

  • Maintains current clinical knowledge and skills through in-services, workshops and/or seminars.

  • Performs all the responsibilities for testing personnel conducting high complexity testing as defined by CLIA 88 and C. A. P.

  • Teamwork

  • Participates in updating and reviewing laboratory procedures.

  • Meets competency requirements, works rotating weekends, holidays and rotating fill-in for all shifts that become available due to illness or PTO requests.

  • Acts as technical lead in absence of Supervisor.

  • Participates in the orientation and training of new staff as requested. Completes training documentation as required.

  • Provides courteous and professional direction and consultation on technical topics.

  • Attends and participates in approved/requested committees and meetings.

  • Account Perception

  • Reviews various reports during the day to ensure complete, thorough and timely reporting of laboratory test results.

  • Responds in a courteous and professional manner to client inquires and/or problems/complaints.

  • Helps to promote helpful and patient oriented working environment.

  • Makes contact with ordering physicians/departments as critical values, STAT reports, and similar circumstances present. Understands that time is of the essence in conveying such information to the ordering physician.

  • Analyzes situations and arrives at accurate and timely conclusion while keeping the welfare of the patient and quality of the results in mind.

  • Explains procedures and findings to physicians, clinical staff and appropriate office personnel when needed.

  • Safety

  • Practices safe handling of highly infectious biological agents as well as potentially hazardous chemicals; uses appropriate hazardous and bio-hazardous clean up procedures, standard precautions and infection control procedures.

  • Wears appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing at all times.

  • Keeps assigned work areas clean and orderly and helps to maintain supply inventory, uses personal protective equipment appropriately and maintains a safe environment for patients and employees.

  • Follows and supports proper techniques for operation of testing equipment and storage/handling of all reagents.

  • Documents unusual occurrences and reports risks noted in the care environment

  • Responds appropriately to over-head emergency announcements.

  • Follows CLIA HIPAA, OSHA and other hospital established safety guidelines.

  • Performs other related job duties and special projects as assigned.


  • MLS/MT(ASCP) or equivalent preferred.

  • MLT(ASCP) or candidate with Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences may be considered, depending on experience.