Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
Hospital, Public and Private
Internal Number: CVT PA
Cardiothoracic Physician Assistant - Montana
The Heart & Vascular Institute at Benefis Health System in Great Falls, Montana is seeking an experienced Cardiothoracic Physician Assistant to join our team. We are a level II trauma center and regional referral center with a catchment of 250,000 and a medical group employing 340 providers. Our practice offers direct, in-house referrals, dedicated CVOR staff and experienced ICU/PCVU medical staff.
Dedicated time in OR with surgeon
First assist duties
Ability to be autonomous in OR when required
Vein harvesting – traditional and endoscopic
Openings and closures
Removal of medical devices: chest tubes, Swan-Ganz catheters, pacemaker wires, drains, intra-aortic balloon pumps
Hospital consults and inpatient rounding including CVICU
Orders and prescribes
Outpatient clinic as assigned – pre and post-op care
Call is shared with surgeon and PA colleagues, 1:3
Currently, approx 100 hearts annually – opportunity to grow
Experience in critical care setting to include Pleur-evac and chest tube management
Heart & Vascular Institute
Consists of the following providers:
2 CVT Surgeons
2 CVT Surgical PAs, 1 non-operating CVT PA
3 Interventional Cardiologists
2 General Cardiology Providers (1 physician, 1 nurse practitioner)
Why we stand out
Stand alone, financially stable, not-for-profit health system
Regional tertiary center with robust specialty support including neurosurgery, pulmonology, neurology, endocrinology, rheumatology, advanced gastroenterology, cardiothoracic, and more!
Patient focused, quality community and regional medical care
International airport with direct flights to: DEN, MSP, SLC, SEA, ORD, LAS and PHX
How we support you
Competitive salaries with additional incentive bonus structures
Generous sign-on / relocation bonus
Annual $5,000 CME + $1,000 license/dues
5-7% retirement match
Provider wellness programs focused on personal and professional development
Monthly meetings with highest-level physician and administrative leadership to bring ideas forward and solve issues
Community Information: Great Falls is known as Montana’s base camp for art and adventure with a city population of 60,000, and a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We have four genuine seasons, experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools, two accredited colleges, and a new not-for-profit medical school, TouroCOM Montana, opening Summer 2023. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of our community with over 60 miles of paved recreational trails. Our local outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, off-road motor sports, and hunting making our quality of life unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, in 2023, Montana was named #1 state in the nation to practice medicine by WalletHub and in 2020, Great Falls ranked #10 for best cities to practice in after the pandemic by Business Insider.
Benefis Health System is one of Montana’s largest tertiary centers holding a level II Trauma designation. We are proud to be a standalone, financially stable community health system with strong, dedicated leadership focused on providing the best patient care in Montana, in addition to being awarded Becker’s “Best Places To Work in Healthcare” 6 years in a row. Benefis covers ¼ of the state’s land mass, an area comparable in size to Kansas and can provide care for everything except for burns and organ transplants. We offer great specialty support including 4 neurosurgeons, a cardiothoracic and vascular program, a regional cancer institute and a brand-new emergency department with a dedicated air ambulance program, including fixed and rotor wing.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees. Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.
Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”
Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘beneficial’ a...nd ‘confidence'. Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to our commitment: good care one can put faith in.
Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.
To learn more about our services, continue looking through our website at WWW.BENEFIS.ORG or call 406.455.5000.