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Social Worker (Palliative Care) MSW Required

Company: St. Luke's University Health Network
Location: Bethlehem
Posted on: June 22, 2022

Job Description:

St. Luke's is proud of the skills, experience and compassion of its employees. The employees of St. Luke's are our most valuable asset! Individually and together, our employees are dedicated to satisfying the mission of our organization which is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.The Clinical Social Worker provides clinical social work, case management and treatment as appropriate, including assessing, planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating health and community related services to meet the patient's physical, psychosocial, vocational and health needs in a cost-effective, outcomes-oriented and timely manner. Key aspects of performance include clinical proficiency and efficacy; adherence to professional and ethical guidelines; and complete confidentiality in all activities, verbal and written.
JOB DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Anticipates the needs and coordinates the comprehensive care of the Palliative Care patient population by maximizing resources to improve quality of care.
  • Provides comprehensive case management services to identified clients of Palliative Care, with focus on reducing Emergency Room (ER) utilization and appropriate management of chronic disease conditions.
  • Assists Patient Care Manager in implementation of Patient Centered Medical Home model and population health principles to improve health status of assigned patients.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all materials handled within the Network/ Entity as well as the proper release of information.
  • Other duties may include performing assessment, individual, family and group sessions; crisis intervention as necessary.
  • Demonstrates competency in the assessment, range of treatment, knowledge of growth and development and communication appropriate to the age of the patient treated.
  • Performs intakes, assessments, evaluations and referrals of assigned clients. Obtain sufficient information during the intake and evaluation process for diagnostic assessment and planning. Presents treatment and service plan to clients following the intake session. Provide the care needed as described in department policies and procedures.
  • Performs appropriate treatment services to assigned clients. Use interventions with assigned clients, which meet accepted and current standards of care and reflect consideration of the treatment plan. May provide crisis management for assigned cases and is able to provide back up for the program. Maintain amount of weekly scheduled client hours as required by departmental needs and standards.
  • Provides services to adults, adolescents, children, couples and families, using knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patient.
  • Maintains a dialogue with the behavioral health specialists and other Center providers to facilitate a team approach in treating patients.
  • Participates as a treatment-team member. Attend clinical supervision meetings and staff meetings as scheduled and come to meetings prepared. Keep current with professional literature and trends. Attend at least one professional conference or seminar annually.
  • Maintains active communication with identified staff and agencies that share case involvement when appropriate releases are signed.
  • Maintains appropriate records of services rendered to, or on behalf of, the client populations served. Maintain clinical records of all client contacts according to QA & I, State and JCAHO guidelines. Produce an evaluation report which effectively addresses the reason for referral and reflects the sound organization and synthesis of fact, impressions and clinical recommendations. Complete progress notes, reports and correspondence in a timely manner.
  • Exercises appropriate self-management in the performance of all duties.
  • Completes client satisfaction tools as required by departmental standards.
  • Performs thorough Risk Assessment at intake session and as needed thereafter. Comply with Network and departmental policies regarding issues of employee, patient and environmental safety and follows appropriate reporting requirements.
    REQUIRED EDUCATION:
    • Masters degree in social work
    • Current or eligible for state licensure/certification as a clinical social worker
      PREFERRED TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
      • One year social work experience in a health care setting
      • Ability to communicate (verbal/written) in both Spanish and English languages
        PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS: Sit, stand and walk for extended periods of time. Occasionally may do some light lifting. There is also the potential for participation in therapeutic recreational activities.
        Please complete your application using your full legal name and -current home address. -Be sure to -include -employment history for -the past seven (7) years, including your present employer. - Additionally, you are -encouraged to upload a current resume, including all work history, education, and/or certifications and -licenses, if applicable. -It is highly recommended that you create a profile at the conclusion of submitting your first application. -Thank you for your interest in St. Luke's!!

Keywords: St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem , Social Worker (Palliative Care) MSW Required, Healthcare , Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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