Catholic Health Initiatives Histocompatibility Technologist-Histocompatibility-Mercy Medical Center- FT (days/call) in DES MOINES, Iowa

Histocompatibility Technologist-Histocompatibility-Mercy Medical Center- FT (days/call)



Performs highly complex clinical

laboratory tests in histocompatibility and flow cytometry that requires a professional

level of knowledge to analyze and interpret results. Performs testing for both living and deceased

donor transplantation including human leukocyte antigen (HLA) testing, antibody

screening, and flow cytometric crossmatches.

Requires ability to work independently, use of critical thinking, and

strong communication skills to ensure vital patient information is accurately

shared between transplant teams. Uses

flow cytometry skills to perform antigenic testing on blood, tissue, and body

fluids for diagnosis of disease.


  • Performs immunological work-ups within therequired time of current organ preservation methods.

  • Independently verifies results and reportsconclusions directly to physicians.

  • Performs crossmatches between recipients anddonors (live or deceased) identified by the United Network for Organ Sharing(UNOS) and the Iowa Donor Network.Responsible for extent of crossmatching and selection of appropriatesera.

  • Screens potential recipients for anti-HLAantibody determination.

  • Records and reviews test results foraccuracy. Completes requiredadministrative tasks and gives reports to medical director for review.

  • Performs flow cytometry analysis forlymphoma/leukemia immunotyping and lymphyocyte subsets/CD4s among other tests.

  • Participates in competency assessments andproficiency testing.

  • Performs complex laboratory procedures utilizedfor the diagnosis and treatment of disease as appropriate for patient age toinclude neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric adults;recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problemsusing scientific principles.

  • Rotates into call schedules as determined bydepartment.

  • Analyzes quality control data, makes judgmentsconcerning the results, and takes appropriate action to maintain test accuracyand precision.

  • Assists and supports quality management systemsand performance improvement initiatives. Utilizes LEAN principles/productivitystandards.

  • Performs preventive maintenance and basictroubleshooting of instrumentation and equipment.

  • Works independently, organizing work to meetestablished deadlines and records.

  • Performs new instrument or procedureimplementation and training.

  • Maintains supply inventories.

  • Trains new employees and acts as a preceptor formedical laboratory science students.

  • Operates laboratory information systems,personal computers, and instrument-related computer software.


  • Performs limited testing outside ofhistocompatibility/flow cytometry to meet the needs of the laboratory.

  • Serves on hospital and laboratory committees as requestedby supervisor/manager.

  • Performssupervisory functions as delegated by supervisor/manager.

  • Acts as technical resource for the client services andspecimen processing areas.

  • Provides assistance to other laboratory teammembers.



  • Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology or inChemistry, Biology or related field with one-year clinical internship in aNational Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science accredited ClinicalLaboratory Science program or approved alternate career path asdesignated in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988.

  • Registration by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists(ASCP) or by the American Medical Technologists as a Medical Technologistor categorical registration by either the National Credentialing Agencyfor Laboratory Personnel or ASCP in one of the laboratory sciences is required.

  • Minimum of 1 year full time experience in an AmericanSociety for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) or College of AmericanPathologists (CAP) accredited histocompatibility laboratory.



Histocompatibility Technologist (CHT) or Certified Histocompatibility

Specialist (CHS) from the American Board of Histocompatibility and

Immunogenetics (ABHI).

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.

  • Adheres to and exhibits our core values: Reverence: Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us. Integrity: Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness. Compassion: Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community. Excellence: Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.

  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times.

  • Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines.

  • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members.

  • Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community.

Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers


Job Laboratory


Daily Schedule day

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2017-R0099570