Intensive Care Unit Medical Director Opportunity in Southern Illinois

Physician: Critical Care Intensivist
Market: Non-Metropolitan (Less than 50,000)
Job ID:9518
Verified Date:02/10/2021
Loan Repayment:Yes
Sign on Bonus:Yes
Practice Type: Employed
Accept J1 Visa:Yes
Accept H1b Visa:Yes
Permanent: Full time Critical Care Intensivist Pulmonary Diseases: Critical Care

What you need to know:

Practice Details

Role Specific Responsibilities:

  • Superior clinical skills and decision-making abilities. Will work 60% clinically and 40% administratively.
  • Serve as lead in collaboration with administration, physicians, nursing and care team members to move towards a model in which every patient in the ICU is managed 24/7/365 by an intensivist.
  • Assist in establishing/revising and implementing program guidelines, policies, procedures, protocols, and critical care order sets to improve the quality of care of the patient population, reduce unnecessary variation in care and enhance communication of the care team.
  • Develop and implement admitting and discharge criteria and process for ICU patients, as well as an appeals process for contested admissions and discharges.
  • Develop and implement a standard protocol for how critical care Advance Practice Providers collaborate with the intensivist and the care team. Provide ongoing education to APPs on critical care topics once weekly.
  • Improve handoffs and communication between Medical Staff and ICU staff.
  • Support provider, nursing and care team roles in evidence based practices.
  • Develop and implement a standard process for daily morning multidisciplinary ICU rounds led by a critical care physician at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and Herrin Hospital. Education topics covered during rounds. Abbreviated evening rounds should also be implemented.
  • Work with the ICU Committee and with Case Management and Utilization Review to reduce ALOS in the ICU to below national standards.
  • Monthly meetings with manage of MHC and HH ICUs with review infection rates, patients that were transferred to a higher level, ICU LOS/bed management, readmits to the ICU, nursing care issues, provider care concerns and areas of focus for the month.
  • Coordinate continuing education for improving care of the critical care patients.
  • Collaborate with Business Intelligence and IT team to develop reports to adequately monitor ICU quality metrics and ICU bed management.
  • Serve as liaison between the Medical Staff and ICU nursing in resolving issues in a collaborative fashion and to ensure the appropriate utilization of the ICU and adherence by the Medical Staff to ICU rules and regulations.
  • Collaborate with SIU Family Medicine to develop and implement experience for ICU rotation that would integrate these physicians into the team based care during their rotation.
  • Chair System Critical Care Committee
  • Report to the Chief Medical Officer

Recommended Education and Experience:

  • Successfully completed ACGME or AOA accredited program
  • American Board Certified: Pulmonary and Critical Care 
  • Licensed to practice medicine with no restrictions; IL license preferred 
  • 5+ years of clinical practice in pulmonary and critical care
  • 3 years of medical staff leadership preferred

Compensation Details

  • Competitive salary
  • Sign-on bonus
  • Productivity bonus
  • Student loan assistance
  • Relocation expenses
  • 27 paid days of vacation/yr
  • 5 CME days with up to $2,000 allowance/yr
  • System-wide utilization of EPIC

Community Details

  • Charming Midwest City nestled within a Division 1 University Campus
  • Enjoys a steady population of 26,179 (2016)
  • With student population in academic year adding 12,182 people
  • Community enjoys abundant parks, trails, recreation activities with a Super Splash Park for the family to enjoy water fun.
  • A vibrant arts and active Symphony Orchestra since 1907 contributes to the culture and music of the community.
  • Athletic fans enjoy a Division 1 football and basketball programs that have been in top ranks in conference and division as well as NCAA tournament appearances.

Recruiter Insights

Earn more and pay less.  Expect A Starting Salary Up To $75,000 More Compared To Starting Pulmonary Disease - Critical Care Salaries In Chicago And St. Louis Areas.  Coupled With A Cost Of Living Of 20-30% Less Than Chicago/St. Louis markets, Will Have Significant Buying Power To Build Their Dream Home, Pay Off School Loans And Retire Early.   

The Housing Market.  With average home pricing settled at $116,948 and where a desirable 3600 square ft. 5 Bedroom/3 Bath home lists for $338,000, building a quality of life with substantial savings is easy.

The Community.  The community is welcoming to new members and offers a series of fun events throughout the year for family members and getting to know one another. 

About Employer.  This employer is committed to its doctors and the entire employee staff and enjoys long term retention of its key physician personnel due to exceptional compensation and quality of life provided by the community.

Community Profile What is nice to know.

Closest International Airports:

  • Saint Louis, MO (STL / KSTL) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (116 miles)
  • Nashville, TN (BNA / KBNA) Nashville International Airport (212 miles)
  • Memphis, TN (MEM / KMEM) Memphis International Airport (224 miles)
  • Louisville, KY (SDF / KSDF) Louisville International Airport (242 miles)

Closest Major City:

  • Saint Louis, MO (82 miles)
  • Nashville, TN (171 miles)
  • Memphis, TN (184 miles)
  • Louisville, KY (192 miles)
  • Indianapolis, IN (219 miles)

Closest Domestic Airport:

  • Marion, IL (MWA / KMWA) Williamson County Regional Airport (14 miles) multiple daily flights to and from St. Louis
  • Cape Girardeau, MO (CGI / KCGI) Cape Girardeau Regional Airport (52 miles) multiple daily flights to and from St. Louis
  • Paducah, KY (PAH / KPAH) Barkley Regional Airport (68 miles)

Cost of Living:

  • Mean Housing Cost - $116,948
  • Mean Property Tax Rate 1.73%
  • Median Property Tax - $ 1,663.00
  • State Sales Tax 6.25%
  • i.e. 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3600 sq. foot home - $ 338,000 (Zillow source); compared to $589,000 for the same house in St. Louis, MO

Colleges and Universities:

  • There are 8 colleges within 50 miles of location
  • Southern Illinois University (SIU Salukis) enrolls students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The University offers 192 undergraduate, 80 masters and 32 doctoral programs in addition to professional degrees in law and medicine.
  • John Logan Community College (9 miles) 4400+ students
  • Shawnee Mission Community College multiple campuses within 20 miles


  • City Population 26,324
  • Ethnicity; White 62.4%, Black 25.6%, Asian 5.7%, Hispanic 5.4%, American Indian/Alaska Native (.4%)
  • Gender 49% female, 51% male
  • Age median age is 23.3 (due to heavy concentration of student population)


  • State Income Tax Rate - 4.95%
  • State Sales Tax Rate - 6.25%
  • City Sales Tax Rate - 9.75%
  • County Tax Rate - 1%
  • Property Tax Rate - 1.73%

Major Industry:

  • Educational services (42%) Southern Illinois University (is largest employer)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)


  • Park District offers many different courses throughout the year, in adult fitness, youth recreation, and family fun.
  • Baseball fields, basketball, BBQ grills, exercise track, multi-use fields, parking, picnicking, playground, restrooms, soccer fields, spray park, and a splash park.
  • Super Splash Park has an 8 lane lap pool, diving board, water slide, lazy river, beach style leisure pool, and much more for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Crab Orchard Lake is a 6,965-acre reservoir in Williamson County, Illinois. It is the centerpiece of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

Arts & Culture:

  • Live Orchestral music from the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra (SISO) where since 1903, faculty and student musicians perform for the community.
  • Theatrical productions from the Varsity Theatre venue
  • Not-for-profit Community Arts organization provides art education, public art, youth programs and galleries.
  • Annual and seasonal events include 100 Men Who Cook, active Farmers Market, an Irish Festival and Winter Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Sports for the Spectator:

  • Division 1 Football and Basketball with a rich history of winning records and NCAA tournament appearance. 
  • Southern Illinois University's Athletic Department offers multiple college level sporting event for the Carbondale community to come and watch;
  • Soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, golf, track, and many more.

Sports for the Participant:

  • An 18-hole Championship Public Golf available at Hickory Ridge Golf.  This beautiful course that will offer a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Hickory Ridge is a unique course where the fairways are long, the sand and water hazards are demanding, and the greens are smooth.
  • Open Kayaking and Canoeing at the city reservoir, Cedar Lake
  • Co-ed Softball League and many fitness classes available for adults of all levels
  • Southern Illinois Youth Swim League (Carbondale Cyclones) available with a Summer league for kids between the ages of 5 18 years of age.


  • University Mall is dedicated to serving the shopping needs of the Southern Illinois community with stores like Macys, JCPenney, Ulta Beauty, Ross Dress for Less, and many more.
  • A mixture of boutiques, bike shops, flower shops, vintage furniture stores, and unique gift shops, in addition to several music shops, a natural-foods market and the only full tobacconist in Southern Illinois.
  • University Place is an open-air center (250,000 square feet) with Dicks Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Petco, AMC Theater (8 Screen Complex), Tj Maxx, Party City and more.

Top Five things to do:

  1. Catching a Rival Football Game against Western Illinois or Illinois State for top of the MVFC (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
  2. Enjoy a Symphony with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra (SISO)
  3. Kayak and Canoe on Cedar Lake
  4. Enjoy the Du Quoin State Fair only 20 miles away
  5. Be merry at the Irish Festival