Featured Health IT Job: Hospital Network & Systems Engineer

We like to regularly feature a healthcare IT job that might be of interest to readers. Today, we’re featuring the Hospital Network & Systems Engineer position that was recently posted on Healthcare IT Central. This position was posted by Natividad Medical Center and is in California.

Here’s a description of the position:

There’s a bright future waiting for you on California’s beautiful Central Coast

California’s breathtaking natural attractions are not the only stars on the Central Coast.  Equally impressive are the top-trained professionals at Natividad Medical Center, a 172-bed teaching hospital with a Joint Commission ranking in the top percentile of hospitals nationwide.  When you bring your career to Natividad, you’ll join a facility that is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco with the area’s only Life-Flight helicopter service and Trauma Center, as well as one of the County’s first Community Level III NICUs.


Natividad Medical Center (NMC) is currently seeking a full-time permanent Hospital Network & Systems Engineer. The successful candidate will anticipate, develop, design, implement, operate and maintain NMC’s hospital-grade systems infrastructure and technology components to ensure the goal of 99.99% reliability. In addition, the Hospital Network & Systems Engineer will perform complex troubleshooting of the Hospital Computer Information Systems (HCIS) network and systems, utilizing expert trouble-shooting tools; be responsible for all aspects of medical data communications equipment and services, including biometrics equipment; and evaluate and test new technology related to hospital and clinical data communications. This position will perform the above in accordance with the Patient Safety and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Acts, The Joint Commission (TJC) and other regulatory agencies.

The Hospital Network and Systems Engineer is a fully experienced lead-level classification, responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of NMC’s information systems infrastructure and all associated equipment, data, related software and applications. Incumbent engineers anticipate bandwidth and security requirements; perform complex troubleshooting tasks utilizing such tools as Network Protocol Analyzers, PING and Trace routes utilities; and are responsible for all aspects of multi-level data communications equipment and services, i.e.. biometrics hardware, Routers and LAN Switching configurations, communications with remote access, including VPN, Frame Relay, T1, E1, DS-3 connectivity, technical training and network security. The incumbent will work closely with vendors and technical personnel from other NMC departments and may act as the technical lead in IT-related project teams, in addition to having the responsibility of evaluating and testing new technology related to hospital and clinical data communications and their associated IOS levels.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of:

  •  UNIX, LINUX and Windows NT and 2000 hardware/software enterprise architectures, including Sun Microsystems, Blade Servers, SAN and NAS
  • Multi-layer switching, Optical Network Systems (ONS) integration, configuration and troubleshooting in an enterprise LAN/WAN environment
  • WAN Communications Protocols (Frame Relay, ISDN, ATM), IP Routing Protocols (IGRP, OSPF, EIGRP, BGP)

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, business or a closely related field OR equivalent to possession of a Bachelor’s degree in any field and 1 year of experience in business information technology performing requirements analysis and documentation, system design and implementation and/or application maintenance and management, plus 2 additional years of experience in software development and maintenance. Successful candidates should also have 3-5 years of experience in a hospital or clinical setting, 4 years of experience delivering infrastructure design and operational excellence, 4 years of working on general LAN support, desktop support, file server installation, administration and support which includes: 3 years of experience with installation, configuration and programming of routers and switches and 3 years of experience working with network management and monitoring tools, such as: HP Open View, Cisco Works, Network Observer, Solar Winds, Sniffer Protocol LAN/WAN Analyzer and SNMP. Extensive experience in LAN/WAN integration, maintenance and troubleshooting, and configuring and maintaining routing protocols, such as EIGRP, BGP, OSPF and RIP is also desired.

Preferred candidates will also have experience in supporting data communications environments, including configuration and administration of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Firewalls, and security policy management; 2 or more certifications from Cisco, such as CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP and Microsoft (such as MCSE for Windows 2000); certification in UNIX or Linux; and certification in Network Architecture such as Cisco Certified Network Architect (CCNA) or Certified Wireless Network Architect (CWNA).

Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Looks like a great opportunity for those with experience as an Epic revenue cycle manager. If this looks like a position that would interest you, check out the full details for the job and how to apply.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.