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Providence Ophthalmic Technician - Certified Ophthalmic Assistant in Santa Monica, California


Providence is calling a Ophthalmic Technician - Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (Full Time/Day Shift) to Providence Saint Johns Medical Foundation in Santa Monica, CA.

We are seeking a Ophthalmic Technician - Certified Ophthalmic Assistant who will provide courteous, professional back office support to our patients, physicians and staff.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Deliver upon the service expectations of both our patients and fellow staff members by listening to their needs; engaging in positive interactions; and following through on promises made in a thoughtful, efficient, timely and courteous manner so that their total outcome is better than expected

  • Respect the dignity, confidentiality and privacy of patients

  • Work in a safe manner, adhering to general safety precautions and standards. Report any unsafe conditions to their supervisor and/or the safety hotline

  • Keep the patients on schedule with their appointment times. Bring patients into exam rooms, taking the visual acuity and history

  • Set-up sterile equipment for the MD to use during surgery Draw up Xylocaine injections. Use the auto refractor on patients. Patches eyes for the Ophthalmologist and other internists in the organization when needed. Dilates patients’ eyes. Assist with the examination of infants

  • Check and request charts from the Medical Records department per policy. Prepare and send patient charts to the Utilization Review Committee, as per policy, and in a timely manner. Schedule MRI, CAT scans and outside appointments

  • Maintain clean, organized and well stocked exam rooms, reporting any equipment failure immediately to the Director of Materials Management. Decontaminate rooms in a timely manner is expected

  • Utilize the computer system for making appointments, changing patient demographics and retrieving patient information. Assist and/or replaces the Ophthalmology receptionist, as needed, for the smooth functioning of this department. Obtains Medicare authorization for assistant when required

  • Notify patients for laser surgery and time of arrival at the hospital (Hospital does not call laser patients)

  • Be responsible for obtaining department coverage or will cover if no other coverage is available. Obtain coverage for own physician when he/she is out. Aid receptionists with problem patients

  • Explain procedures to patients who may have questions

  • Notify staff when canceling schedules in computer per MD request. Create and change appointment schedules in computer per MD request. Cover Saturday office hours, as needed

  • Schedule surgeries, procedures, H&Ps, ultrasounds. Order labs and x-rays. Maintain order and clean office instruments including autoclaving sterile instruments.

  • Set-up and irrigates eyes and assist with intraoccular lens calculations. Call hospital with specific information

  • Maintain current American Heart Association BLS certification and other appropriate licensure/certifications.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Education to meet certification, license or registration requirement

  • Ophthalmic certification/Ophthalmic Technician certificate

  • Current American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers

  • One (1) year of experience

  • Excellent clinical skills, ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with patients, physicians and staff.

  • Must be able to competently assist the Ophthalmology department, physicians and staff

  • Room patients into exam rooms efficiently and keep physicians schedules on time

  • Travel to the hospitals

About the location you will serve:

Providence Health & Services is further developing its physician integration strategy. As part of this growth, Providence Saint John’s Medical Foundation came into flourishing. Saint John’s Medical Foundation is an integrated, not-for-profit network of medical clinics and affiliated services, servicing the greater Santa Monica and Los Angeles area. The Foundation is expected to continue to grow in the next several years, bringing with it facilities, staff and physician growth to support that objective.

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Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Opthamalic Technician

Location: California-Santa Monica

Req ID: 266052