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CommonSpirit Health Echo Technologist - Iowa Heart 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.


Job Summary

Performs a variety of cardiac ultrasound procedures in locations throughout the hospital. May work with patients in these age groups: infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric.

General Duties

  • Maintains proficiency with all cardiac ultrasound equipment and procedures performed at MercyOne

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

  • Performs echocardiograms according to established protocol

  • Performs cardiac sonography procedures using sterile technique in the OR/Cath lab setting.

  • Appropriately documents in EHR and billing system

  • Transports and positions patients as necessary to complete echocardiographic exams.

  • Monitors patient status during testing.

  • Injects ultrasound contrast media when indicated.

  • Responsible for maintaining strict confidentiality of patient information.

  • Demonstrates the following 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.

  • Responsible for maintaining strict confidentiality of patient information.

  • Covers on-call shifts as scheduled including nights, weekends and holidays.

  • Maintains equipment in designated testing areas.

  • Participates in QA activities as directed.

  • Maintains a clean and well-organized work environment

  • Adheres to all Joint Commission and IAC accreditation guidelines

  • Serves as a mentor for cardiac sonography students.

  • Attends required meetings and participates on committees as requested.

  • Completes department competencies in the required timeframes.


Minimum Requirements

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

  • Must meet the educational requirements of the ARDMS/CCI for ultrasound training

  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) from American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) within 6 months of hire

  • Maintains active registry status with ARDMS or CCI

  • Mandatory Reporter within 3 months of hire.

  • Current BCLS certification.

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Requisition ID 2021-153361

Employment Type Full Time

Department Cardiology Services

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.