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VA Maine Healthcare System
City:Augusta
State:ME
Country:USA
Visas Accepted:None
Specialty:Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Opportunity Description:

PULMONARY DISEASE/CRITICAL CARE PHYSICIAN

VA MAINE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

AUGUSTA, MAINE

CARING FOR THOSE WHO SERVED

You are invited to join the team at the VA’s medical center in Augusta, Maine.  VA Maine Healthcare System (formerly Togus VA Medical Center) proudly serves Maine's veterans at the main campus in Augusta and nine outpatient clinics. It's a modern 67-bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as 40-bed Skilled-Longer Stay Unit, a 25-bed Dementia Unit, and a hospice unit. 

As a key member of the team, you will join three other physicians and an NP, along with complete nursing and other support staff.  The workweek is typically 5 days per week but a compressed work week is available where you can work 4 10-hour days.  You will diagnose and treat patients with diseases of the respiratory tract, care for the critically ill, and perform fiberoptic, bronchoscopy, EBUS, and other procedures in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.  The team also provides care to the Portland and Bangor Community Care Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).

Other details include:

  • 10-14 patients per day
  • Call 1:4/ 1 weekend per month
  • Research opportunities available
  • Faculty appointment to Tufts University available
  • FOB, Sleep Lab, and EBUS available

    Requirements:

  • US citizen
  • US License (any state) with no history of suspension or revocation
  • BC or BE in Internal Medicine and Pulm/CC
  • ACLS & BLS
  • Ability and interest in performing procedures
  • Training and/or experience in Sleep Medicine highly preferred

So, if you’re interested in caring for veterans while enjoying a work/life balance difficult to find in the private sector, this is an opportunity you need to check out.  The Augusta area is a gateway to year-around recreational opportunities and offers excellent housing, schools, and safe community living!  For more information, Email your CV to Don Rainwater, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant, VA New England Healthcare System at don.rainwater@va.gov.  Your inquiry will be held in confidence.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure.

Paid Time Off:

  • 26 days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave – you can carry over up to 86 days into a new year
  • 13 days paid sick leave per year with unlimited carry over! Unused sick leave can be used to extend creditable service time at retirement! 
  • 10 Paid federal holidays with pay
  • Possible 5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME

    Insurance:

  • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
  • Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government.
  • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

    Federal Retirement Plan:

  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-FRAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees hired after January 1, 2014 automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee's salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee's salary
  • Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2016, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $18,000, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $24,000
  • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
  • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
  • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
  • Disability Retirement
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years' service
Practice Type: Multi spec.gr., Employee, Rural HC
Available Date:
Compensation:
$200-$250k
Facility Description:

About the VA Maine Healthcare System

Togus VAMC is a 67-operating bed facility with general medical, surgical, intermediate and mental health beds, as well as a 100-bed Nursing Home consisting of 50 Skilled and Longer Stay beds, and a 50-bed Dementia Unit. The oldest veterans' facility in the country, having opened in the fall of 1866, Togus is located five miles east of Augusta, the state capital. Togus campus encompasses 500+ acres of buildings and natural woodlands serving as natural habitats for Maine's wildlife. Additionally, the National Cemetery is located on the Togus campus.

History of Togus   - This link provides historical and pictorial information from the beginning as the Eastern Branch of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers through the creation of the Veterans Administration in 1930 and up to present.

Mission

VAMC Togus exists to serve the veteran through the delivery of timely quality care by staff who demonstrate outstanding customer service, the advancement of health care through research and the education of tomorrow's health care providers.

Vision

VAMC Togus will be recognized locally, regionally, and nationally as a leader in quality patient care, positive customer service, medical/allied health education, health-related research, and employment opportunities.

Values

Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.

Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.

Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.

Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.

Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.

Our History

First in the Nation and still setting the Standard of Care!


A HISTORY OF TOGUS 1866-PRESENT

In 1865 near end of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed an act creating the National Asylum (later changed to Home) for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The Eastern Branch at Togus, Maine was the first of the new homes to open in November 1866. The name "Togus" comes from the Native American name Worromongtogus, which means "mineral water".

The Togus property was originally a summer resort known as Togus Springs. It was owned and operated by Horace Beals, a wealthy granite merchant from Rockland, Maine who hoped to establish a second "Saratoga Springs" type resort. He spent more than $250,000 on a hotel, stables, bowling alley, farmhouse, bathing house, race track and driveways. The resort opened in 1859 but failed during the Civil War and closed in 1863. Beals died shortly after this business failure and the government bought the land and buildings for $50,000.

The first veteran was admitted to Togus on November 10, 1866. The veteran population of the home remained under 400 until a building program began in 1868 which provided housing 3,000 veterans. The home was organized much like a military camp with the men living in barracks and wearing modified Army uniforms. Although a 100 bed hospital was completed in 1870, medical care at the home was limited, even by the standards of the day.

In 1890, a narrow gauge railroad from the Kennebec River in Randolph and an electric trolley line from Augusta were completed and Togus became a popular excursion spot for Sunday picnics. There were frequent band concerts, a zoo, a hotel and a theater which brought shows directly from Broadway.

Togus became a Veterans Administration facility following the Consolidation Act of July 1930 which joined all agencies providing benefits to veterans and their dependents. Most buildings which make up our present facility were constructed in the following decade. Togus' role gradually changed from a domiciliary or home to a full-service medical center with the greatest change occurring after World War II due to the large number of returning veterans requiring medical care.

In 1989, VA was designated a cabinet-level agency and became the Department of Veterans Affairs. Today, onboard Togus VA campus is a Medical Center, a Regional Office and a National Cemetery. The Medical Center, has a staff of over 1,050 personnel representing various disciplines. It has 67 in-patient beds and 100 beds in the Nursing Home Care Units which provide for long-term care as well as Alzheimer's/ dementia. Currently there are six community based outpatient clinics (CBOC) located throughout Maine and provide local services to veterans. These CBOCs include Bangor, Calais, Caribou, Lincoln, Rumford and Saco and there are also VA Mental Health Clinics in Bangor and Portland. Togus VA Medical Center's current structure shows the VA's focus on increased outpatient health care while also raising overall quality indicators.

Togus VA staff have a strong commitment to provide the highest quality care in the most economical manner possible. To do this, they have a quality assurance program where managers are responsible for reviewing the quality of care provided, potential risks and cost effectiveness. The purpose of this review is to identify opportunities for continued improvement. The medical center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission.

The Regional Office, serving the entire state of Maine, is located on the Togus VA campus and provides services for veterans and their families in compensation and pension and other non-medical benefits.

The National Cemetery, the only national cemetery in Maine, is now inactive but well-kept and is the final resting place for 5,373 veterans from the War of 1812 through the Korean War. It was first opened in 1867 and was closed to new burials in 1961. Togus National Cemetery

In 2000, the Beals House opened to provide temporary no-cost accommodations for families of in-patient Togus veterans. A former on-campus home for senior VA staff, it was donated to the non-profit agency which now operates it. It has served more than 1,800 families since it was renovated for family members and placed in operation.

Community Description:

Augusta, Maine… the city with the small town feel.

Affordable housing to suit every taste. Safe, progressive neighborhood schools. Excellent health care services. The best in recreation, heritage, and cultural offerings. Strong municipal services. All the elements of ‘The Good Life’ are here and waiting for you and your family.

Housing
Augusta is comprised of five distinct residential areas that cross all boundaries – traditional in-town neighborhoods, modern housing developments, rural living, lakeside homes, first-class retirement opportunities…they’re all available in Augusta. Here’s a summary of the residential options awaiting you.

Northeastern Augusta – rolling farmlands dotted with several tree-lined ponds. Ideal for the rural, single family home. Extends to reach the northern end of the downtown core, providing convenient in-town options.

Southeastern Augusta – Established in-town neighborhoods, convenient to a major regional medical center and its associated functions. Extends to include more of the pristine rural landscape that dominates the eastern side of the city.

The Capitol Area – Excellent in-town neighborhoods and a variety of multi-family units surrounding the scenic, historic center of Maine’s state government. Easy access to many consumer services.

The West Side – Augusta’s most historic and beautiful in-town neighborhood. Elegant single family homes and multi-family options with easy access to Augusta’s downtown and major transportation corridors. 

Northwestern Augusta – Beginning with the vast in-town "Sand Hill" neighborhood, with its single and multi-family options, and extending westward towards Augusta’s fastest growing commercial district bordered by pristine rural farmlands. 

For more information on neighborhood living in Augusta, download our Community Profile (in PDF). 

Visit these two links to browse currently available homes in Augusta!

Realtor.com
Kennebec Journal Classifieds
Home, Work, Live in Maine

Education

Augusta's public schools - offers a traditional curriculum based in the language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and the fine arts.  Other quality academic programs include foreign language (6-12th grades), technology, health and physical education.  These academic areas of study are enhanced by a myriad of student support programs to address the needs of various students.
Cony High School - serving students from the Augusta area
Capital Area Technical Center - serving students from the Augusta area
Lillian Park Hussey Elementary School - serving K-5 grades in northeast Augusta
Farrington Elementary School - serving K-5 grades in southeast Augusta
Sylvio J. Gilbert Elementary School - serving K-5 grades in northwest Augusta
Lincoln Elementary School - serving K-5 grades in southwest Augusta

The Augusta region also boost diversified post-secondary educational opportunities, including prestigious universities, innovative technical schools and business colleges.  Click on the following links to learn more.
University of Maine - Augusta
Kaplan University - Augusta
Kennebec Valley Community College - Fairfield
Colby College - Waterville
Thomas College - Waterville

Community Assets

City Government Services – A strong and progressive Mayor/Council/Manager municipal government. A full slate of city and community services, from planning, codes and public works to health and welfare, parks and recreation. And a dedicated public safety team.  

Health Care – A major regional hospital. Family physicians, pediatrics, rehabilitation and senior care. Follow the link to learn more at the MaineGeneral Health web site. 

Culture/heritage/recreation – Jump over to our "Tourism" section to learn more about the many activities and attractions that the Augusta region has to offer. Includes links to other helpful sites.

Maine Yellow Pages – browse for info on stores, restaurants, travel accommodations, and more.
The Kennebec Journal – the daily newspaper covering the Kennebec Valley.
Weather – check on current weather and the extended forecast.

For more information on the City of Augusta, download our Community Profile (in PDF).

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