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Social Worker - Casual Hours

Non-Nursing Clinical

Aspirus Wausau Hospital Inc

Wausau, WI

CARE COORDINATION

Casual

Day

As Needed

21498

Aspirus was recently recognized as one of the top 15 Top Health Systems in the United States by IBM Watson in their annual study identifying the top-performing health systems in the country based on overall organizational performance.

 

Aspirus is seeking a Social Worker to join the Care Coordination team. As a Social Worker you are responsible for assessing and triaging discharge planning needs and coordinating community resources with patients and their families/legal representatives.  As a member of the multidisciplinary team, individual works closely with physicians, financial staff, and ancillary staff to facilitate those functions associated with arranging care and providing referrals. The Social Worker will attempt to resolve social and environmental difficulties interfering with the patients' ability to maximally manage their medical care and overall quality of life.

 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Identifies opportunities to improve patient experience. Participates in projects/programs designed to enhance service delivery and patient satisfaction.
  • Completes a psychosocial assessment on high risk patients accurately and according to departmental standard and/or per program criteria.
  • Documents findings in patient medical record and in other documentation systems in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Advises patients/legal representatives of available community resources.
  • Completes referrals as appropriate in a timely fashion and documents what referrals have been made.
  • Monitors patient progress throughout hospitalization and documents relevant findings related to discharge planning or resource needs with regard to psychosocial needs in a timely manner.

Qualifications:

  • A current Wisconsin Social Worker certification or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
  • Knowledge of social work theories, therapies, and techniques of casework processes, and principles of public welfare at a level normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Social Work or related field. Coursework in Medical Social Work preferred.
  • Approximately 6 months to one year of on the job experience necessary in order to gain full knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations related to discharge planning and knowledge of health and welfare resources and facilities.
  • Exhibits strong human relation skills for interacting with patients, patient's family members, physicians, personnel, community agencies, and other resources.
  • Displays analytical skills in order to assess patients' needs, develop associated discharge planning, and provide sound recommendations and guidance.
  • Displays ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail when interviewing patients & preparing discharge plans.

Aspirus is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin. With more than 7,600 employees, serving communities throughout northern and central Wisconsin, as well as the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, our integrated system includes four hospitals in Wisconsin and four in Michigan with more than 55 clinics.

Wausau, Wisconsin is located in the lovely Wisconsin River valley at the center of the state. We have a metro area population of 85,000 with excellent schools, busy performing arts center, large private music conservatory, and visual arts center. Quiet residential neighborhoods surround Lake Wausau and overlook the Wisconsin River or have views of Rib Mountain State Park.  We enjoy four seasons of recreation including all water sports, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, soccer, down-hill and cross-country skiing.