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CommonSpirit Health House of Mercy Project Coordinator in 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.



  • Establishes rapport and develops a therapeutic relationship with patients. Provide brief interventions to patients and/or referrals to appropriate substance use disorder treatments for patients. Therapeutic efforts are primarily directed towards addressing issues related to substance use disorders. Maintains appropriate professional boundaries with all persons involved.

  • Increase collaboration within the MercyOne health system, in coordination with community partners, to identify and assist patients impacted by opioid use disorder.

  • Conduct universal SBIRT prescreening of patients (ages 12 and up) in the pain clinics, inpatient pain consults and trauma department.

  • Develop and implement a chronic care model in caring for patients identified with an opioid use disorder in this SBIRT program to ensure patients have a supportive and evidence-based interactions with prepared, proactive, collaborative practice team.· Conducts recovery related educational sessions and groups providing information and instruction.

  • · Provides crisis intervention and conflict resolution assistance.

  • Participates in the assessment/screening utilizing a compassionate and empathetic manner to ensure all patients entering the program feel welcome, appreciated and understood. Helps ensure all patients feel a focus on collaboration and engagement from the very beginning of their involvement with House of Mercy.

  • · Develop a plan and implement two community outreach and awareness events, primary in low-income neighborhood and rural communities.

  • Develop and conduct a needs assessment and interest survey regarding SBIRT expansion to key affiliate hospitals, clinics and dentists.

  • Conduct staff training on the new work processes. Review effectiveness of processes on an ongoing basis, and make changes as needs are identified.

  • Participates in regularly scheduled trainings and care meetings to discuss/update staff on patients progress, status, and treatment needs. Professionally communicates with other program staff to promote team collaboration, input, and involvement in problem solving/resolution insuring consistency in the implementation of treatment plan goals/objectives.

  • Effectively communicates patients service needs with community agencies, schools, courts, service providers of significant others, and mental health/other health care professionals to provide an extended, high quality continuum of care.

  • Responds to volatile situations by mediating to resolve issues and to model appropriate crisis intervention and problem-solving techniques.

  • Ensure SBIRT screening and subsequent interventions and screenings are culturally and linguistically appropriate: referring patients to a bi-lingual counselor when language needs are identified; provide resources materials in language of patients, utilizing MercyOne’s onsite translation and interpretations services; and ensuring counseling staff are trained to gather information about cultural factors that are important to patient’s recovery.

  • Cultural awareness, knowledge and skills are implemented throughout House of Mercy and guide clinical decision-making when treatment is provided.

  • Develop an effective patient referral process to ensure a warm hand-off between health care provider and the substance use treatment.

  • Track number of patients screened, and those who receive brief interventions and referred to treatment.

  • Disseminate Naloxone to patients when high risk for overdose is identified

  • Refer patients to substance use disorder treatment provider for appropriate services, including MAT.

  • Provide support in accessing treatment for referred patients who are experiencing barriers to accessing care.



High School Diploma or GED required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a human services related discipline from an accredited four-year program, required.

  • Licensure in substance use disorder counseling - CADC Certification

  • Project coordination experience and experience in SBIRT and opioid focused treatment.

  • Required to drive to Polk/Warren Counties

  • Valid 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.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within thirty (30) days of hire.

  • Ability to understand medical terminology and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals.

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Requisition ID 2021-152074

Employment Type Full Time

Department Treatment Center

Hours / Pay Period 80

Shift Evening

Standard Hours Monday - Friday (3pm-11pm)

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.