Washington, District of Columbia

Clinical Unit Assistant

Christ House -- Washington, District of Columbia

1- or 2-year term
Ages 20+
Mennonite Voluntary Service



Under the supervision of the Clinical Coordinator, the Clinical Unit Assistant is responsible for the coordination of health information for all patients in the Medical Unit. This includes coordination of transportation for patients, transcription and processing of orders on the medical record, and obtaining needed authorization for specialty appointments.


  • Initiates medical record on new admissions and enters all pertinent information into the electronic record.
  • Processes all orders for patient care.
  • Enters lab orders into online ordering system.
  • Ensures that all medical information is current in patient charts by soliciting reports of recent labs, procedures, and office/clinic visits from other healthcare providers.
  • Updates medications, problem lists, and appointments in electronic record as ordered; and checks system frequently for accuracy.
  • Obtains authorizations for referrals when and facilitates completion of appropriate forms for appointments.
  • Schedules patient appointments for specialist and/or procedures.
  • Coordinates daily transportation schedule:
    • Facilitates communication between patient(s) and driver.
    • Pulls referral and necessary authorizations for daily appointments.
  • Maintains accurate daily Nursing Care Worksheets, and ensures adequate number of copies for staff.
  • Ensures all data related to payment sources for patients is accurately listed on the medical record, medication boxes, and in all appropriate locations.
  • Disassembles patient charts upon discharge, ensuring that all records are included and complete.
  • Assists the Charge Nurse with the coordination of daily activities at the Nurses' Station.
  • Answers telephones and communicates messages professionally and timely to patients and staff as needed.
  • Maintains a clean and confidential work area and assures adequate supply of all clerical items, including medical forms and operational supplies and equipment at the Nurses' Station.
  • Obtains patient authorization for the procurement of medical records.
  • Performs other duties as requested.


  • Bachelor's degree required.


  • Basic knowledge of the medical environment and medical terminology.
  • Experience in a healthcare setting preferred.
  • Good communication skills (written and oral), pleasant telephone manner, and the ability to use electronic medical records required.
  • Basic knowledge of data base and spread sheet development.

This position will be under the administrative supervision of the Clinical Coordinator.

The position abides by all rules and regulations set forth by applicable licensing and regulatory bodies, as well as UHC policies and procedures.

PERSONAL CONTACTS This position requires contact with staff at all levels throughout the organization. There are also external organizational relationships that may be part of the work of this individual.

The incumbent will be able to move easily about the health center, and to and from the health center to meetings in other locations within the community or at another Unity location.


  • Must be physically able to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time. Must be able to bend, lift, and carry files from one location to another.
  • Must have visual acuity and the ability to differentiate colors, and sustain long periods of computer usage.
  • May sit for prolonged periods of time at a desk or in an automobile and/or may use the telephone for long periods of time.
  • The office environment may be stressful with multiple, time-sensitive tasks to be accomplished within a short period of time.
  • Must be able to work any time of the day, independently with minimal supervision, be capable of making sound business decisions, and be detail oriented, alert and self-motivated.
  • Must be able to effectively manage difficult situations, staff, and customers.

The position involves everyday risk and discomforts, which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meetings, training rooms, and other UHC health Care Sites. The work area is adequately lit, heated, and ventilated. The position requires contact with staff at all levels throughout the organization. There are also external organization relationships that may be a part of the work of this individual. All medical services shall be provided according to medically accepted community standards of care. The employee shall provide evidence of a recent (within the past twelve (12) months) health assessment that includes a PPD and/or chest x-ray results.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibility and essential functions of this position, but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

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