Health Facility Surveyor III

Recruitment #220629-X29C-05


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service. 

OSDH is seeking a full time Health Facility Surveyor providing support to Medical Facilities Service with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. This is a state employee position PIN 34002308 governed by the Civil Service Rules, in state government located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022. The annual salary for this position are up to $58,298.00 based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
This position is assigned responsibilities for performing state technical licensure, federal certification surveys, and complaint investigations for a variety of health facilities; evaluating the care provided residents/patients/clients by licensed or registered facility staff; and providing consultative and technical assistance to health facilities and laboratories regarding professional standards of practice; and ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions:
• Observes, analyzes, and evaluates the provision of nursing, dietary, social, laboratory, and pharmaceutical services as well as respiratory, speech, physical and occupational therapy services for compliance to professional standards of practice.
• Reviews facility compliance history; conducts entrance interview with facility administrator or representative providing explanation for survey and conducts exit interview to discuss problems and deficiencies; tours interior and exterior physical environment of facilities for required equipment, supplies, maintenance, water temperature, and sanitation; evaluates administrative records to include policies and procedures, staffing logs, in-service programs, and medical records in order to ensure compliance with regulations.
• Employs sampling methodology to select residents/patients/clients for in-depth evaluation of the care and service needs of the patients/clients versus the care and services provided.
• Interviews patients/clients, family members, and facility personnel, and others to obtain and document information regarding patients/clients care and/or to respond to complaints.
• Evaluate the administration of health facilities to determine if policies and procedures comply with federal and state statutes and regulations.
• Completes required forms and reports, which detail deficiencies noted during facility survey.
• Investigates allegations and makes determinations of patient/client abuse and neglect; makes determinations of immediate jeopardy in which immediate corrective action is necessary because a facility practice has caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a patient/client; makes determinations of actual harm in which a facility practice has cause a negative outcome that has compromised the patient’s/client’s ability to maintain and/or reach his/her highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial wellbeing.
• Recommends action as to certification or licensure renewal, non-renewal, or termination/revocation; relocates patients/clients in the event of an administrative order for the emergency relocation of patients/clients; testifies to inspection findings at hearings or in court proceedings.
• Provides technical assistance to facilities in areas of expertise; describes observed deficiencies to appropriate facility staff and provides consultation relative to improvements needed to comply with regulations.
• Other duties as assigned.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies regarding licensure and certification of health care facilities; of what constitutes immediacy of threat to a client; and of the requirements for determining culpability of a facility.  Ability is required to observe, document, analyze, and evaluate the provision of care against the applicable standards of practice, statue, and regulation; to employ the principles and methods of conducting interviews using memory retrieval methods; to interview patients/clients with diminished mental capacity, developmental disabilities, and/or acute and chronic medical conditions; to gather and present findings within a hostile facility environment while maintaining professional tone and demeanor; to analyze non-verbal and verbal communications to determine if an interview subject is omitting information or is being deceptive, and employ techniques for identifying omissions and deception in written statement; and to distinguish between the potential for harm and the potential for serious harm.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Work is typically performed in an office setting and/or medical facility settings with climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employees are required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms; carry light items; drive an automobile. This position requires long periods of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.



Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in business, public health, hospital or public administration, behavioral, environmental, or fire safety science AND two years of experience in a health care, developmental disability, public health, environmental health, fire safety, or domiciliary facility licensure, certification, accreditation, inspection, or administration; OR a bachelor’s degree which includes a minimum of thirty semester hours in any combination of physical, natural or biological sciences AND two years of experience in health care, developmental disability, public health, environmental health, fire safety, or domiciliary facility licensure, certification, accreditation, inspection, investigation, or administration; OR a combination equivalent of education substituting the completion of a post baccalaureate degree for one year only of the required experience.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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