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Lead the Way in Mental Health in Charleston SC - Charleston, SC, USA

Job Description

The Ralph H Johnson VA is looking for a Mental Health Leader to support our mental health team and the veterans in our community. The ideal lead physician will have a minimum of 6 years experience in the field with 3-5 years of leadership experience. This opportunity is eligible for recruitment incentives, PCS and education debt reduction program up to $200,000. 

About Charleston, SC:

  Ralph H. Johnson VA can be found in beautiful downtown Charleston. With its rich history, vibrant culture, idyllic coastal location, exquisitely preserved architecture, and celebrated dining selections, Charleston is one of America’s best loved destinations. Settled alongside the Ashley rivers and Atlantic Ocean, Charleston has a subtropical climate with mild winters and warm, sunny summers. Charleston proper is surrounded by communities and neighborhoods that extend beyond the historic peninsula. The barrier islands, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, North Charleston, and Summerville are within a 20-mile distance of downtown Charleston. The Charleston Airport is just 15 minutes west of downtown, making business or family trips convenient.

Chief of Mental Health Position Details:

The Mental Health Service Line Manager must have certification by an appropriate specialty board or affirmatively established comparable competence through the credentialing process. The Mental Health Service Line Manager, in collaboration with the Medical Staff, is responsible and accountable for:

  • All professional and administrative activities within the Mental Health Service Line include selection, orientation and continuing education of staff.
  • Assuring that all licensed independent practitioners receive education on assessing and managing pain.
  • Continuing surveillance of the professional performance of all individuals in the Mental Health Service Line who have delineated clinical privileges.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the quality of care provided in the Mental Health Service Line. This includes access, efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of care and treatment of patients served by the Mental Health Service Line and the clinical/professional performance of all individuals in the service line. Monitoring and evaluation will include surgical case review, quality of medical histories and physical examinations, drug usage evaluation, medical record review, blood and blood components usage review, risk management, infection control, patient safety data, sentinel event data, appropriateness of clinical practice patterns, significant departures from established patterns of clinical practice, operative and other procedure(s) and utilization review as reported by committees tasked with these functions.
  • Recommending appointment and clinical privileges for each medical staff member of the Mental Health Service Line and others requesting privileges within Mental Health. When needed, Service Line Managers will consult with the appropriate specialty for re-privileging decisions.j. The Mental Health Service Line Manager will take into consideration that there is sufficient space, equipment, staffing and financial resources prior to recommending a specific privilege.
  • Recommending sufficient numbers of qualified and competent individuals to provide care, treatment, and services.
  • Assessing and recommending to the relevant hospital authority off-site sources for needed patient care, treatment, and services not provided by the department or the hospital. Coordination and integration of services/activities performed outside the Mental Health Service Line with the concurrence of the Chief of Staff.
  • The development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support the provision of care, treatment, and services.
  • Use of information about adverse privileged decisions for any practitioner privileged through the medical staff process.

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (Sign-on Bonus):   May be authorized
Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance):   Authorized
Pay:   Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off:   50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
Retirement:   Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance:   Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure:   1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME:   Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)
Malpractice:   Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract:  No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting

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VA Benefits



Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 11 paid Federal holidays per year
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses


  • Health Insurance : VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available
  • Dental & Vision : Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts , which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
  • Term life insurance , family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
  • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:

  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits, 2) FERS-RAE basic benefits (pension), and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 12.2% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 16.6% of the employee’s salary
  • Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2020, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $19,500, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $25,500.
  • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions , depending on the amount of the employee contribution
  • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
  • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
  • Disability Retirement
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years service

Facility Information:

Located in the historic part of the city of Charleston, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is an authorized 145 bed primary, secondary and tertiary care medical center that provides acute medical, surgical and psychiatric inpatient care, and both primary and specialized outpatient services in southeastern South Carolina and Chatham County, Georgia. The medical center supports the Vet Centers in North Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, and operates the outpatient clinics in Savannah, Georgia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Currently, the medical center is operating 98 beds and a 20-bed nursing home.        

 The medical center is closely affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina and supports 84 resident FTEE in medical and dental specialties, as well students from nursing, pharmacy, social work and allied health disciplines. Charleston VAMC is a partnership site for the VA Nursing Academy in collaboration with the MUSC School of Nursing.  The Research Service has more than 100 research investigators involved in more than 300 research projects concerned with a broad range of health problems, most of which are prevalent in the Veteran patient population.  Areas of research include cardiology, endocrinology, diabetes mellitus, hematology/oncology, rheumatology, nephrology and alcohol-related disorders, and clinical and health service research in mental health, PTSD, hypertension and aging.


  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Trident Technical College
  • Armstrong University
  • Savannah State University
  • Midlands Technical College
  • University of South Carolina

Authorized Beds

  • 145

Type of Facility

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Tertiary Care

Special Programs

  • Primary Care
  • Women’s Program
  • VIST Program Smoking Cessation
  • Research Service
  • Interventional Radiology
  • General Surgery
  • Cardio-thoracic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Urology
  • ENT
  • Ophthalmology
  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics
  • Audiology
  • Speech Pathology
  • Inpatient Mental Health
  • PTSD
  • Veterans Enrichment Center 
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM)
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)
  • Community Residential Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Care Unit (NUCU)
  • Homemaker Health Aide
  • Adult Day Care
  • Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
  • Community Living Center (Nursing Home)
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonary Services
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Sleep Studies
  • Endocrinology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Hemodialysis
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics Center of Excellence
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Tele-Mental Health 

Contact Email:
Employer: Department of Veteran Affairs
Location: Charleston, SC, USA
Position Type: Physician (MD, DO, Resident)
Employment Type: Permanent
Specialty: Psychiatry
Salary Range: $290000.00 to $320000.00 Yearly