Job Vacancy Telecom Operator – PRN Houston Methodist

Job title: Telecom Operator – PRN

Company: Houston Methodist

Job description: JOB SUMMARY

At Houston Methodist, the Telecommunication Operator position is responsible for the efficient operation and use of the switchboard and paging system to receive and relay calls or messages to the requested party or hospital area. Assists patient, physicians and staff with general information. Monitors all hospital alarm systems and serves as a vital link in the communication process during emergencies. Handles emergency calls requiring a high degree of reliability, accuracy, flexibility, critical thinking skills in stressful situations. Strives to make the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those served top priority. Effectively communicates in a manner consistent with a customer service focus.


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE – 25% * Communicates pertinent information to co-workers to ensure proper handling and processing of calls when away from operator position. (EF)

  • Responds positively and professionally to all calls and requests for information and assistance from patients, family members, physicians and others. (EF)
  • Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results and organizational results. (EF)

SERVICE – 30% * Responds to incoming calls in a timely manner and directs caller to appropriate destination providing a smooth, clear and professionally courteous communication practice. (EF)

  • Responds quickly and accurately to disaster and emergency situations according to department protocol. (EF)
  • Announces emergencies through the overhead paging systems and facilitates communication during emergencies and disaster plans as appropriate.

QUALITY/SAFETY – 20% * Effectively utilizes telecommunications hardware and software including problem or failure diagnosis techniques. (EF)

  • Stays up to date on organizational changes including policies and important initiatives. (EF)
  • Meets department metrics (abandonment rates, productivity/activities per hour, etc). (EF)

FINANCE – 10% * Utilizes department resources wisely and efficiently. Informs management when normal wear requires replacement. (EF)

  • Organizes time effectively, minimizing incidental overtime and sets priorities. Utilizes time effectively between heavy workloads efficiently and helps other team members (EF)

GROWTH/INNOVATION – 15% * Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual improvement. Generates and communicates new ideas and suggestions that will improve quality or service. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


o High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)


o One year customer service experience

o Dispatching experience preferred

o Healthcare experience preferred


o Not applicable


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Ability to understand telecommunications equipment and services including call processing, paging and audio monitoring systems

o Knowledge of personal computer functions and Windows-based software

o Ability to understand and resolve problems and defuse situations with empathy and compassion

o Excellent telephone customer service and professional interpersonal skills


Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs No

Business professional Yes

Other (dept approved) No

On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.


May require travel within No

Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job:

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital is committed to leading medicine in Montgomery County and the north Houston region by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of exceptional safety, quality, service and innovation. The growing campus offers 293 beds and access to the most innovative care. In January 2022, the hospital opened Healing Tower – a $250-million expansion project that added 106 beds, focused on medical/surgical and women’s services and nine operating rooms. It also included the expansion of the endoscopy center, emergency department and diagnostic imaging department. Houston Methodist The Woodlands is recognized as a comprehensive stroke center, an orthopedic center of excellence by DNV, designated as a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and has achieved Magnet Designation for nursing excellence from the ANCC. Houston Methodist The Woodlands is also ranked No. 1 nationally out of 148 members in the Complex Care Medical Centers cohort to be recognized for demonstrating excellence in delivering high-quality care based on the 2022 Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking.

Expected salary:

Location: The Woodlands, TX

Job date: Thu, 31 Aug 2023 07:41:59 GMT

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