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Psychiatrist, Hermiston, OR



Hermiston, OR

May 9, 2018

General Information

Location 1212 W Linda Ave Hermiston, OR 97838 United States
Employee Type Exempt
Required Degree Doctorate
Manage Others Yes

Contact Information

Name Cathie Sprinkle
Phone (541) 276.6207
Email csprinkle@lifeways.org



Diagnoses and treats patients with mental, emotional and behavioral disorders and directs medical and psychiatric care by performing the following duties:


Include some or all the following: (Other duties may be assigned)

  1. Patient Evaluation and Treatment – Perform psychiatric, physical and neurological examinations. Write orders for patient care. Prepare individual patient treatment plans including providing clinical leadership in the implementation of services. Collaborate with the Unit Director to provide leadership to the Treatment Team in formulating and implementing plans for operation of the unit therapeutic environment. Provide direct service to patients such as group and individual counseling. Provide other evaluations as assigned.
  2. Communication and Contact with Patient Families – Respond to inquiries from families and other interested parties and initiate contact with them as indicated.
  3. Documentation of Services – Prepare the medical record in accordance with requirements of Medical Staff Bylaws, rules and regulations and hospital and agency policies. Prepare correspondence communicating findings from patient evaluations to hospital administration, judges, Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) and attorneys.
  4. Professional Responsibilities – Serve on medical staff committees. Participate in peer review, quality assurance, and utilization review activities. Assist with training and continuing education of clinical staff and grand rounds. Participate in continuing education, with emphasis on psychiatry.
  5. Agency/Hospital Support Functions – Testify at commitment hearings, PSRB hearings, and other legal proceedings related to patient evaluations and patient care. Represent agency in court actions as assigned.
  6. Obtains and organizes data concerning patient’s family, medical history and onset of symptoms obtained from patient, relatives and other sources.
  7. Mental/Physical Status-Examines patient to determine general mental and physical condition. Order laboratory and other special diagnostic tests and evaluates data obtained.
  8. Determines nature and extent of mental disorder and formulates treatment program.
  9. Treats or directs treatment of patient, utilizing variety of psychotherapeutic methods and medications.
  10. Recommends individual and group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational and vocational development and adjustment.
  11. Selects and interprets psychological tests designed to assess individual’s intelligence, aptitudes, abilities and interests.
  12. Evaluates data to identify causes of problems to determine advisability of counseling or referral to other specialists or institutions.
  13. Conducts counseling or therapeutic interviews to assist individual to gain insight into personal problems, define goals and plan action reflecting interests, abilities and needs.
  14. Assists with development of medical and psychiatric service policies, by-laws, and procedures for agency and/or hospital.
  15. Directs medical and psychiatric care for agency programs and units, including psychiatric hospital as assigned.
  16. Maintains knowledge of current best practices and evidenced-based prescribing guidelines
  17. Provides after-hours crisis consultation services (telephone/pager) for 24 hour facilities and patients as per scheduled
  18. Orders and directs emergency care to include seclusion and restraint per applicable laws and rules.
  19. Provide both in-person and tele-psychiatric care per rules and standards of State Board(s) of Medicine.


This position may supervise and direct the work of other Licensed Medical Practitioners and medical staff.

When applicable, carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  1. M.D. or D.O. degree
  2. Board Eligible or Board Certified Psychiatrist. (if required for specific posting)
  3. Must have and maintain a current Controlled Substances Registration Certificate from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
  4. Must have and maintain a current Physician License and Controlled Substance License from relevant practice State(s).

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze and interpret general common scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the community. Ability to write reports that conforms to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.

Reasoning Ability

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


Ability to develop timely reports and correspondence using standard word processing software. Record assessment and service plan documentation in agency electronic health record. May also utilize dictation services or software.


Appropriate Oregon/Idaho or other State medical licensure/certification. Additional certifications/licensure may be required depending on posting (e.g. Medication Assisted Treatment). Valid driver’s license.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel the reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Regular travel both in area and out of area to Lifeways offices/facilities is required. Where possible, use of telecommunication or videoconferencing is encouraged to reduce out of area travel.

Office/clinic environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To learn more and apply visit www.lifeways.org/careers



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