Nursing Careers at Lifespan

Vice President Perioperative Services Job

Job Number: RIH16605

Job Title: Vice President Perioperative Services

Department: Nursing Administration - 1012200

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

Master’s Degree in Nursing, Health Care Administration, Business Administration, or related field. If Master’s Degree is not in nursing, a Baccalaureate in Nursing is required.

Current license to practice nursing in Rhode Island.

Certification in perioperative nursing or leadership required within one year of hire.


Minimum of ten years’ experience with increasing responsibility in leadership and the management of perioperative services, at least five years of which must be at a large, complex, tertiary teaching hospital or an academic medical center. Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to manage and lead in the perioperative services arena and to evaluate the delivery of nursing care in the pre-, intra-, and postoperative areas.

Experience interfacing with physicians and physician leaders in program development and demonstrated ability to develop effective, collaborative medical staff relations.
Demonstrated ability in leading nurses and other staff members, creating and communicating a compelling vision, and advocating for staff while achieving organizational goals. Ability to work effectively with all healthcare disciplines.

Supervisory responsibility for 300+ FTEs at Rhode Island Hospital.

The Vice President Perioperative Services has a dual reporting structure consisting of system-wide and affiliate, specifically Rhode Island Hospital, responsibilities. For system-wide responsibilities the role reports to the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs. For Rhode Island Hospital responsibilities, the role reports to the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Key functions include strategic planning for Lifespan’s perioperative service line; leading the development of implementation plans and coordinating plan implementation across the system; providing strategic and tactical leadership to the Rhode Island Hospital perioperative department; and functioning at the executive management level as a member of affiliate and system-wide committees. Approximately 70% of time in this role will be spent leading affiliate work and 30% will be spent at the system level.

The Vice Present Perioperative Services is expected to embrace Lifespan’s mission of “Delivering health with care” and successfully role model Lifespan’s values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence as these guide our everyday actions with patients, customers and one another.



Leads and advances a system vision for Lifespan perioperative services, participating in the dissemination of the system mission statement and values. Consistently communicates a system vision for Lifespan perioperative services that is aligned with mission and values.

Works in collaboration with the Chief of Surgery and the Chief of Anesthesia to form a triad leadership model for Lifespan perioperative services. Has administrative accountability for perioperative services and clinical accountability for ensuring consistent standards of perioperative nursing practice across all Lifespan sites. Considers the impact of potential decisions on all Lifespan sites, selecting the best decision to support advancement of the system. Partners with physician leaders to co-lead a system-wide perioperative council. Supports physicians, physician leaders, and affiliate directors in day-to-day operations.

Develops a Lifespan system-level strategic plan for perioperative services in collaboration with key physician leaders and system and affiliate executives. Develops and executes affiliate-specific tactics in support of the system plan. In collaboration with affiliate executives develops and implements additional strategies to optimize the use of Lifespan’s perioperative resources and position the system for success.

Collects, analyzes, and disseminates market data, identifies local surgical practice patterns and emerging national trends, and evaluates the impact of payer practices and models on reimbursement.

Leads the development of annual and multi-year system-wide volume projections. Oversees the development of annual affiliate operational budgets. Creates an annual and multi-year system-wide capital budget.

Develops a perioperative services quality dashboard for the system and for affiliates. Oversees the collection, analysis, and communication of quality data for the system and affiliates. Ensures consistency and transparency of key metrics, such as cost per case, by defining each metric and standardizing data collection processes. Initiates discipline-specific and interdisciplinary quality improvement projects based on data.

Provides leadership to affiliates to ensure that health, safety, and regulatory standards are met and practices are evidence-based.

In collaboration with affiliate directors, creates system-wide education and competency-verification plans for all levels of staff. Plans will be based on generic education and competency requirements at all affiliates and affiliate-specific requirements based on the populations served and the types of services and programs provided.

Rhode Island Hospital-Specific:

Provides leadership to and overall management of perioperative services. Interfaces with hospital executives to optimize organizational performance and well-being. Supports the Rhode Island Hospital Nursing Professional Practice Model as a means of improving quality of nursing care. Participates as a member of the Patient Care Executive Council.

Develops a succession plan for current and aspiring leaders and provides leadership development opportunities to team. Is visible, accessible, and approachable to staff. Communicates to staff through huddles, rounds, staff meetings, and written material.

Measures budgetary performance (revenue, expense, staffing) against volume, benchmarks, and industry standards. Takes appropriate action to correct underperformance.

Creates a staff-focused, patient-centered department culture to achieve a high-quality patient experience.

Performs other duties as required.