Social Worker

St. Louis, MO

We are South City Hospital. Our primary function is to offer continuous nursing, medical, and other health and social services on a 24-hour basis, under physician directed care and RN supervision.

We service a multitude of patients and their families across our vast network, while remaining committed to the professional development of our staff, the functional improvement of our patients, and the cultivation of strong partnerships within our communities. 

WHAT WE OFFER 

  • Essential/stable and growing company with many opportunities for training and advancement within the medical field that all employees and team members (including Full-Time and Part-Time) can benefit from. 
  • Hourly pay is negotiable based on experience. We offer competitive market pay and opportunities for bonus depending on great work performance (bonuses only apply for Full Time). 
  • Comprehensive Employee Benefits: Full-Time employees are eligible for various plans for medical, dental, and vision insurance. 

The Social Worker is responsible for providing professional social work services to patients and their families who utilize the inpatient and outpatient services of South City Hospital.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Develops accurate comprehensive psychosocial assessments which examine the current problems, and relevant biopsychosocial and environmental factors.  Communicates aspects of the assessment to members of the health care team, patient, and significant others, ensuring that information is communicated within established time frames and practices.

Works with other members of the patient care team to develop and implement individualized discharge plans, utilizing essential community resources, including the patient’s support system, durable medical equipment, home health care, homemaker chore services, etc.  Identifies cases requiring social service intervention.

Arranges and leads groups, discharge rounds, patient meetings, and patient therapy groups.  Ensures that the sessions conform to professional standards and are in accordance with established procedures.

Provides staff support and services to patients when assigned on-call responsibility.  Acts as a resource person for the RN Case Manager and Physicians on social service issues and discharge planning.

Demonstrates an ability to assess suspected or actual abuse and neglect cases, and follows current state and hospital policies on reporting such cases.

Participates in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with community service organizations and public agencies and works to assure that interactions are of a positive nature.

Represents the department on various hospital committees and in various professional meetings as assigned. 

Communicates verbally with tact and sensitivity toward others (staff, agencies, patients, and families), and at an age appropriate level.  Encourages patient to participate in decision making and assists in patient/family education, as needed, to aid in communication of the treatment plan.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE 

  • BSW required, MSW preferred
  • LCSW preferred
  • Medical or psychiatric experience preferred
  • Knowledge of applicable clinical populations
  • Knowledge of health care continuum
  • Knowledge of and skill in accessing community resources.
  • Familiarity with medical terminology and discharge planning.
  • General knowledge of DRG, APC, CPT, and ICD-9CM coding.
  • Basic understanding of statistical and quality improvement techniques and reports.
  • Knowledge of treatment protocols, standards and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of resources and case management.
  • Working knowledge of health care finance and third party payment methods.
  • Ability to work independently , as part of a team, and with others from diverse backgrounds.
  • Developed negotiation skills.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Experience with PC, mainframe or Internet based information system.
  • Working knowledge of a personal computer and basic software packages