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Department: 61005034 AHMHI Cardiac Surgery Providers
Shift: Day/Evening/Night (United States of America)
Hours: 40
Contract: Non-Union
Weekend Rotation: Occasional
Job Profile Summary: Based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, Allina Health is a not for profit 503(c) organization, with 90+ clinics, 10 hospitals/13 campuses throughout the region including western Wisconsin. Allina Health operates in one of the nation’s most vibrant, livable areas; a place where you can build the career you want—and you and your family can be part of a thriving community. Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute (AHMHI) was formed in 1981 with the goal of providing expert clinical care, educating both the public and health care professionals and advancing the field of cardiology through research. Over the past 40 years, the Institute has grown to be one of the top-rated cardiovascular centers in the world, consistently nationally ranked by US News and World Report for cardiology and heart surgery.
Job Description:

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Completes comprehensive patient assessments.
  • Determines diagnosis and treatment of illness.
  • Orders and interprets medical diagnostics in tandem with attending physician.
  • Prescribes medications, treatments, therapy and medical equipment.
  • Conducts patient education when working to manage chronic illness or wellness care.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree – Completion of accredited Physician Assistant program

Preferred Qualifications:

  • New graduates may be considered. Prefer a minimum of 2+ years of Cardiothoracic Surgical PA experience, or equivalent surgical experience in Cardiothoracic setting.


  • Certification as a Physician Assistant – NCCPA -National Commission Certification of Physician Assistants upon hire required
  • Active MN PA license (or ability to obtain).
  • BLS certification required with in 180 days of hire.
  • Ability to obtain and/or maintain MN DEA certification and National Provider Identifier (NPI).
  • Ability to meet criteria/qualifications for credentialing and hospital privileges.

Physical Demands: Medium Work*: Lifting weight Up to 32 lbs. occasionally (*Allina Safe Patient Moving Policy), Up to 25 lbs. frequently

Additional Job Description:

The Physician Assistant (PA) works as a part of a team in collaboration with other MHI and Abbott Northwestern Hospital team members providing care for the cardiothoracic surgical patients

  • Pre-operative Care:
    • Order and review patients’ medical histories and diagnostic studies
    • Perform history and physical exam
    • Assist in initial surgical consultation and pre-operative admissions
  • Intra-operative Care:
    • Provides first and second assistance for all Cardiothoracic procedures as delegated by attending Surgeon
    • Assisting with preparing and surgical draping, setting up cardiopulmonary bypass lines and other necessary equipment pertinent to the operation
    • Independently perform endoscopic and open saphenous vein harvesting
    • Independently perform chest wall and incision closure
    • Participates in a variety of procedures including but not limited to: coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repair/replacement, minimally invasive therapies, heart transplants, mechanical circulatory support device implantation (LVAD/RVAD/ECMO)
    • Participates in daily, weekend and holiday call schedule
  • Post-operative Care:
    • Autonomously cares for Cardiac Surgery patients during post-operative recovery while collaborating with attending Surgeon
    • Independently performs chest tube / pacing wire removal
    • Proficient in wound care and wound vac management
    • Conducts weekly follow up clinic visits with post-operative patients
  • Demonstrates punctuality, adheres to work agreement and established attendance standards

Work Schedule:

  • 1.0 FTE
  • Monday – Friday to meet department needs
  • On call rotation for surgical emergencies
  • Weekend rotation (both rounding and on-call)
  • Average of 2 holidays / year
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