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Administrative Lab Coordinator

Job Description

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


This is a fully on-site position, the schedule for this position will be 6:00 AM - 2:30 PM, Monday - Friday

Reporting to the Practice Director, this mission critical position is responsible for departmental administrative tasks and the review of complex patient appointment sets and associated lab work. The Lab Services Coordinator (LSC) works in a busy environment with a high patient volume, managing complex tasks while balancing multiple real-time priorities, and, when appropriate, acting as the escalation point for issues presenting at main reception.  The LSC is an ambassador of the DFCI patient experience while efficiently managing the patient check-in process; uploading outside imaging into Epic, being responsible for offering exemplary customer service and resolving and triaging issues presented during both face-to-face or telephone interactions. 

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


Reporting to the Practice Director and working under the guidance of the Lab Services LSC Lead, this mission critical position is responsible for the following: 


  • Verifies complex appointment sets across disciplines for oncology patients in accordance with scheduling guidelines
  • Acquires, enters and links verbal lab orders from Providers
  • Maintains confidentiality of Protected Health Information (PHI)
  • Performs past-pending reconciliations
  • Provides superior customer service to all patients, family members, physicians and staff in accordance with the DFCI Customer Service Standards
  • Performs front desk check-in functions: verifies patient identification; prints patient wristbands; assigns Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) badges; and asks patients screening questions. Prints and reviews appointment schedules for patients
  • Notifies nursing and lab staff of issues as needed
  • Answers telephone and provides general disease or program-specific information to callers within the scope of knowledge and authority
  • Reviews missing labs reports and works with staff from other departments to resolve missing labs
  • Identifies inconsistencies with, or outstanding questions regarding lab panel orders. Works directly with Providers to reconcile the order to prevent a delay for the patient
  • Transports wheelchair patients or arranges for patient Escorts and/or wheelchairs

Imaging Services:

  • Creates orders and imports outside images from digital media into Epic
  • Understands and uses Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), applicable image upload software, and computer equipment to import images from digital media to PACS
  • Troubleshoots images and collaborates with Imaging Department, when necessary, to resolve and successfully import images into PACS
  • Manages and reconciles all patient CDs from intake to upload completion. Works collaboratively with team members to ensure efficient completion of daily work queue
  • Mails requested CDs back to patient or discarding of CDs per departmental guidelines

Patient Experience:

  • Delivers outstanding customer service to internal and external customers
  • Timely and accurately responds to the needs of internal and external customers
  • Ability to deescalate patient grievances, maintain customer service standards, and involve department leadership as necessary

Communication and Collaboration:

  • Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate across leadership levels and with varying audiences
  • Synthesizes and communicates complex information in patient friendly terms
  • Works effectively as a member of the team and across functional teams
  • Fosters a sense of shared responsibility among the team

Emergency Response:

  • Recognizes emergencies and appropriately responds using standard operating procedures and critical thinking skills

Regulatory Compliance and Quality Improvement:

  • Compliance with DFCI policies and procedures
  • Understanding their role and responsibility in obtaining successful Joint Commission accreditation
  • HIPPA regulation compliance
  • Completion of assigned AEU and Health Stream competencies
  • Actively participates and provides constructive feedback on quality improvement projects

Information Technology:

  • Maintains a level of competency in all operational systems including: Epic, RTLS, Outlook, Sunquest, QuickBase, Centricity and LifeIMAGE
  • Actively engaged in system upgrades and effected operational changes
  • Manages supply of RTLS badges including: assembling, maintaining, collecting, distributing, cleaning, and troubleshooting problem badges
  • Actively participates in system(s) downtime and confidently moves seamlessly between normal operations and downtime procedures


Lab Services Coordinator I:

Bachelor’s degree preferred. Prior customer service experience preferred.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to perform under pressure
  • Ability to multi-task and function as an integral member of the team
  • Strong organizational, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to adapt to ever-changing environment and able to toggle between multiple systems during the day
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to take on additional responsibilities as situations require

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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