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Sonora Quest Surgical Pathology Lead - Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona

Primary City/State:

Phoenix, Arizona

Department Name:

Surgical Pathology-BEMC

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This position will coordinate the efforts of the site surgical pathology assistants and assist the AP Production Manager and AP Technical Specialists in assuring all tasks are performed appropriately. This position will be the liaison between the histology department at Papago and the hospital site surgical pathology department to assure all specimens are properly handled and triaged and that all proper documentation is completed. This position will be involved with QC/QA documentation.


  1. Performs all essential functions of the AP Surgical Pathology Assistant. Provides technical support for all Surgical Pathology Assistants.

  2. Provides daily operational oversight and technical support for the required processing and clerical functions. Ensures that quality assurance and instrumentation maintenance records meet standards of accrediting and licensing agencies. Assists the AP Production Manager and AP Technical Specialists in the implementation of new policies and procedures, including QC/QA policies and continuous quality improvement programs in accordance with the Quality System.

  3. Participates in AP financial monitoring and improvement. Supports and identifies potential for waste reduction and expense reduction programs. Maintains supply inventory and orders supplies as needed.

  4. Assists in new employee orientation and training. Provides support to AP Production Manager in performing and documenting competency. Provides input for Functional Competency Assessments for employees in appropriate time frames. Schedules staff if directed by the supervisor. Assists with basic personnel oversight including participation in selection, training, developing and providing coaching under the direction of the AP Production Manager or the site supervisor.

  5. Serves as a resource and communication liaison within the system. Interacts with co-workers with an emphasis on teamwork and focus on customer service. Demonstrates appropriate verbal and written skills.

  6. Assists the AP Technical Specialists in the writing of Surgical Pathology procedure manuals. Assists the AP Technical Specialists during inspections. Maintains Iron Mountain storage of slides and documents.


Able to sit, stand, walk, bend, squat, reach, and stretch frequently. May be required to lift up to 25 pounds. Must use standard precautions due to threat of exposure to blood and body fluids. Needs adequate color vision. Requires significant use of computer, phone and general office equipment. Needs adequate visual acuity, ability to grasp and handle objects. Ability to communicate effectively.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Good analytical/strategic skills.

  • Ability to effectively utilize computer software programs including MS Word and MS Excel.

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • One (1) year previous medical laboratory experience in specimen handling.

  • Comprehensive understanding and knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures within the Pathology field.

  • Evidence of increasing responsibility in personnel interaction and organizational skills.


  • AA degree. Two (2) years’ experience in a Surgical or Anatomic Pathology lab.

DATE APPROVED 11/05/2019

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