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CommonSpirit Health Cardiovascular Sonographer - Iowa Heart in WEST DES MOINES, Iowa


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.


Job Summary / Purpose

Under supervision, performs echocardiograms and peripheral vascular testing according to established protocol for adult patients of the Iowa Heart Center (IHC).

Essential Key Job Responsibilities

  • Maintains proficiency with all cardiovascular ultrasound equipment and procedures performed at the IHC.

  • Performs echocardiographic and vascular exams according to established protocol.

  • Instructs and educates patient regarding the ordered test and prepares the patient for the procedure.

  • Appropriately documents in EHR and billing system

  • Positions patients as necessary to complete echocardiographic or vascular exams

  • Injects ultrasound contrast media when necessary

  • Monitors patients status during testing

  • Responsible for maintaining strict confidentiality of patient information

  • Maintains equipment in designated testing areas.

  • Demonstrates customer service/interpersonal skills.

  • Takes personal responsibility for work, actions, and attitudes

  • Respects patients, peers, clients, students, physicians, service representatives, and other hospital staff

  • Demonstrates positive and effective communication skills

  • Cooperates with peers and leaders to build and maintain an effective healthcare team.

  • Serves as mentor for cardiovascular sonography students.

  • Participates in QA activities as directed

  • Adheres to all Joint Commission and IAC accreditation guidelines

  • Completes department competencies in the required timeframes.

  • Attends required meetings and participates on committees as requested.

  • Maintains a clean and well-organized work environment

  • Operate required vehicle(s) in a safe manner to perform required duties of the position.


  • Successful completion of an accredited two year Ultrasonography or Radiologic Technologist program or must meet the educational requirements of the ARDMS/CCI for ultrasound training. (ie: 2-year Allied Health degree or Bachelor’s degree)

  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) from American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) within 12 months of hire

  • Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) from American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) within 12 months of hire

  • Maintains active registry status with ARDMS or CCI

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained by the end of the orientation period (approximately six (6) weeks).

  • Valid Iowa Driver’s/Chauffeurs License required, must meet Mercy’s Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, must be at least 18 years of age and be eligible to drive per Iowa state law.

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Requisition ID 2021-150610

Employment Type Full Time

Department Cardiovascular Diagnostics

Hours / Pay Period 72

Shift Day

Standard Hours Monday - Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.