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Manager, Preop/PACU

To us, it's about living life to the fullest while serving our patients, teammates, neighbors and friends. We are dedicated and passionate in everything we do, seeking challenge and appreciating the routes that got us here. Whether our path is clinical or not, we all came to find balance and meaning in our lives within the work we are passionate about and the adventures we live.

Vail Health has become the world’s most advanced mountain healthcare system. Our updated 520,000-square-foot hospital opened in December 2020.  This state-of-the-art facility provides exceptional care to all of our patients, with the most beautiful views in the area, located centrally in Vail. 

Some roles may be based outside of our Colorado office (as stated in the Job Title). Roles based outside of our primary office can sit in any of the following states: AZ, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI. Please only apply if you are able to live and work primarily in one of the states listed above. State locations and specifics are subject to change as our hiring requirements shift.


The Pre-Op / PACU Manager will be responsible for the operations and activities of the pre op, post-op recovery and 23 hour observation functions.


Clinical Operations

  1. Collaborates with staff and physicians to assure the delivery of quality patient care in areas of responsibility
  2. Offers clinical nursing expertise and supplements staffing as needed to assure safe care based on patient acuity and age specific criteria
  3. Facilitates the coordination of daily departmental operations through staff empowerment, cooperativeness, and effective communication
  4. Remains involved on a daily basis in all clinical areas
  5. Creates Policies and Procedures according to protocol and AORN and ASPAN Standards for areas of responsibility; reviews and revises Policies and Procedures annually and more often as indicated
  6. Assists with the scheduling of staff in order to insure safe nurse/patient levels while controlling costs. Manages Kronos timekeeping system for area of responsibility.
  7. Ensures timely, accurate completion of medical records
  8. Works with the scheduling coordinator and Director of Clinical Operations in scheduling of surgical and non-surgical cases
  9. Assesses patient, physician, and employee satisfaction results; assists with the formulation of targeted improvements

Human Resources

  1. Manages personnel in the areas of responsibility:
  2. Recruits and screens applicants for hire
  3. Orients new personnel
  4. Maintains employee records
  5. Validates continuing current required licensure and certification
  6. Performs regular written employee evaluations
  7. Motivates, counsels and disciplines employees as necessary
  8. Conducts regular staff meetings
  9. Promotes education activities in the Center


  1. Supports and participates in the quality management and risk management programs of the Center
  2. Actively identifies quality improvement opportunities in areas of responsibilities; implements targeted improvements and re-measures results

Materials Management

  1. Assures staff use of supplies is cost efficient
  2. Assists with ordering and obtaining supplies as indicated
  3. Works with the Purchasing Department to perform physical inventory counts
  4. Assists with the evaluation of physician and staff needs as related to supplies and equipment


  1. Assesses clinical financial results and identifies opportunities for improvement in conjunction with the VVSC management team

Role models the principals of a Just Culture and Organizational Values. 

Perform other duties as assigned. Must be HIPAA compliant.

This description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.
  • Minimum five years nursing experience, preferably in surgery and/or post anesthesia recovery areas preferred; two years management experience in an ambulatory surgery center setting strongly preferred
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Colorado or from a valid compact state required.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) by American Heart Association required.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) required.
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) required.
Computer / Typing:
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computers skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc.
Must have working knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Minimum of Associate Nursing Degree for positions hired after 07/01/2018.
Pay is based upon relevant education and experience. 
Pay Range:
$51.69$96 USD


Benefits at Vail Health 

  • Competitive Wages & Family Benefits: Competitive wages, parental leave, housing programs and childcare reimbursement to support the cost of living in a mountain community.
  • Comprehensive Health Benefits: Top-quality health care package including vision, dental and medical with options of flexible spending and health savings accounts.
  • Education Assistance: We are proud to offer tuition and student loan assistance programs.
  • Paid Time Off: Roughly five weeks in your first year of employment and continues to grow each year.
  • Retirement & Supplemental Insurance: 403(b) Retirement plan with matching potential, life insurance, short and long-term disability, and more.
  • Recreation Benefits, Wellness & More: Recreation discounts, pet insurance and a $1,000 annual wellness reimbursement program.


As a condition of employment, Vail Health requires COVID-19 vaccination of all clinical and non-clinical staff, excluding remote status.

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