UnityPoint Health

Courier Laboratory

Requisition ID
Purchasing, Supply Chain, and Logistics
221 NE Glen Oak Ave
5020 UnityPoint Health Methodist Medical Center
Laboratory- MMCI
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Full-time 40 hours - variable hours 1st shift 0600-1430 Monday-Friday, rotating weekends and holiday
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Position: Courier 

Location: Methodist 

Shift: Full-time 40 hours variable hours 0600-2200 Monday-Friday, rotating weekends and holiday


The Lab Courier’s primary responsibility is assisting in the transportation of clinical and anatomical specimens for laboratory testing which includes specific clerical functions.


Why UnityPoint Health?

  • CultureAt UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what’s right for the people we serve.
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.


Visit us at UnityPoint.org/careers to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work. https://dayinthelife.unitypoint.org/

COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Requirement: It is required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and Influenza. Exemption requests based on medical or religious reasons may be submitted, but must be approved for active employment. 


Key Accountability

 Use and maintenance of UnityPoint Health motor vehicles:


  • Maintains an acceptable motor vehicle record.
  • Ensures the proper use and care of the vehicle in their possession.
  • Relays operation concerns or maintenance needs immediately relays to Manager or Supervisor.
  • Follows established routes and protocols, always demonstrating all Rules of the Road and following all laws.
  • Drives up to 650 miles in both urban and rural settings and in all types of weather conditions.
  • Ensures vehicle is parked in designated areas at the end of the shift.
  • Cleans the vehicle out completely including coolers/supplies/envelopes/trash daily.
  • Parks vehicle with no less than ½ tank of fuel.

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Key Accountability

 Transportation of specimens, supplies, and mail:


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  • Performs designated routes for specimen transportation with efficiency, maintaining scheduled stops in the allotted time period.
  • Adjusts routes as necessary to meet client needs.
  • Cooperates with co-workers to ensure routes run smoothly during transition from one courier to the next courier.
  • Places utmost importance on customer service for all routes.
  • Verifies specimens are properly labeled prior to transport of specimen to the laboratory; uses good judgement in accepting specimens.
  • Logs all stops and specimens picked up or delivered in the handheld device for Courier/Specimen Tracking.  During downtime, paper logs are consistently used to ensure thorough tracking of lab specimens. 
  • Transports laboratory- and hospital-related items to clients and departments accurately and promptly.
  • Prepares and delivers supplies as requested by the client through the Customer Service Department.  Does not wait for the next route to deliver supplies.  Supplies are not left in car for the next courier.


Key Accountability

Effectively communicates information and shares knowledge with peers, lead staff, coordinators and internal and external customers in a timely manner.


  • Completes work within assigned route times.
  • Keeps abreast of changes by reading e-mail messages daily when scheduled to work and attending section meetings.
  • Responds to questions by internal or external customers, peers or coordinators.
  • Notifies customers of delays in collection or transport.
  • Provides timely responses to customer's request and/or takes responsibility for directing the customer to appropriate personnel when necessary.
  • Shares information essential to the efficient operation of department with peers, Coordinator and shift to shift; explains messages and problems clearly without hesitation.


Key Accountability

Other job duties as required or as designated.


  • Follows UnityPoint Health Methodist | Proctor safety policies.
  • Properly stores specimens according to protocol.
  • Verifies specimen requirements or handling when unsure/unfamiliar prior to transporting.
  • Ensures specimen integrity during transport by storing specimens at the recommended temperature which may require utilizing ice/dry ice/incubator as needed.
  • Asks for assistance in completing work assignments when necessary.
  • Follows up or refers problems and/or concerns to appropriate personnel in a timely manner.
  • Contributes ideas for improving work processes.




Minimum Requirements


Preferred or Specialized




High School Diploma /GED



Valid driver’s license for at least one year.

Customer Service, Driving in all types of weather.



Valid Illinois or Iowa State Driver’s License


MVR ran annually





·         Basic computer knowledge using word processing, spreadsheets, email and web browsers.

·         Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

·         Customer/patient focused.

·         Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.





Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.



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