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UnitedHealth Group

Lead Medical Technologist, Microbiology - The Everett Clinic - Everett, WA


Pathology-Medical Microbiology


Everett, Washington, United States

$5,000 Sign-on Bonus for external candidates

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Under general supervision, this position is responsible for accurately logging in/accessioning tissue samples for gross analysis. Position may perform gross analysis under the supervision of a pathologist. Routine microtomy and embedding. Performing routine and special stains.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Performs both routine and complex special procedures with the understanding of tissue structures, techniques, principles, theory and instrumentation
  • Able to accession specimens, process, gross, embed, cut and stain all types of tissue specimens received in the Histology Department
  • Coverslip stained sections, verify that the staining shows adequate cellular distinction, label, and distribute to the pathologist responsible for reviewing the case
  • Assures specimen labeling requirements are met and necessary clinical information is available as needed
  • Assists laboratory assistant or performs accessioning of patient specimens into laboratory computer system when needed
  • Demonstrates general knowledge of pathological and physiological conditions that affect test results and tissue staining
  • Selects and maintains appropriate tissue blocks to serve as controls for Special Stains. Maintains all documentation that insures that all Special Stain control blocks have been adequately tested. Cuts and labels control slides for Histology, Special Stains and IHC
  • Able to process and decal bone specimens
  • Recognize and troubleshoot both routine and complex problems and assist other Histotechs and lab assistants with technical problems
  • Monitor quality control results and take immediate and proper action when controls are unacceptable. Follow defined procedures with only supervisor or pathologist approved modifications or deviations
  • Complete all instrument function verification, changing/rotating solutions, maintenance, and documents according to procedure in Histology area. Ensure that equipment defects and malfunctions are reported and repaired
  • Responsible for the proper handling and disposal of all biohazardous materials and chemically hazardous materials including the neutralization or recycling of chemicals before disposal or reuse
  • Assists supervisory staff in monitoring workflow and insuring that work/staining priorities are met for the department
  • Able to do all the duties of an HT, Non - Registered Histotechnician, Lab Tech II, and Laboratory Assistant within the Pathology Department. During heavy workloads or staffing shortages, the Histology Technician may be required to perform any or all of the duties in these positions

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • AA or Bachelor’s degree in Science, Histotechnology or replated field from an accredited college, or approved hospital-based Histotechnology program
  • Histology Technician (HT) or Histology Technologist (HTL) (ASCP)
  • 2+ years of clinical laboratory experience
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation

Preferred Qualification:

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers (AHA) or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross)

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment

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**PLEASE NOTE** The Sign-On Bonus is only available to external candidates. Candidates who are currently working for a UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare or a related entity in a full time, part time, or per diem basis (“Internal Candidates”) are not eligible to receive a Sign-On Bonus.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.