The Social Worker provides direct social work to all areas of the hospital. The Social Worker provides services to patients and families, via assessment, discharge planning, interdisciplinary collaboration, advocacy, and referral. The social worker will coordinate with case management to assure appropriate continuity of care.
The Social Worker reports directly to Director of Social Services.
Participates in interdisciplinary care team planning and assist team in understanding and recognizing the significance of social, environmental, emotional and family factors in relationship to patient’s illness, treatment and recovery.
Interviews patients/families and completes psychosocial assessments, utilizing knowledge of developmental systems, cognitive theories, age-specific issues, cultural values, and family dynamics.
Provides psychosocial counseling or patients/families, regarding end of life issues, understanding of illness/disability and lifestyle changes.
Assesses post-hospital needs, identifying community resources and make referrals that meet those needs. Collaborate with other agencies, providing patient advocacy, including serving on community boards as appropriate to job assignments.
Responsible for knowledge of policy and procedures within job specific areas. Be knowledgeable of JCAHO, Medicare and Medicaid guidelines as applies. Participates in continuous improvement activities.