Social Worker services have an emphasis on patient and family support including crisis intervention, counseling/support systems, abuse/neglect, emotional, behavioral, end-of-life needs and community referrals. One particular specialty is working with patients and families dealing with catastrophic financial issues due to major healthcare changes.
The Medical Social Worker, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, has the primary responsibility for assessment, counseling, information/referral, crisis intervention, patient advocacy and associated services to patients, families, significant others and involved parties/agencies. The efforts are directed at assisting in the patient/family adjustment to illness, injury or disability and secondary adjustment to hospitalization or other treatment, and readjustment to the community upon facility discharge. The Department has corresponding teaching and research functions related to health and healthcare delivery practices. The Medical Social Worker provides direct intervention on an as-needed basis with infants, children, adolescents, adults and elderly patients and/or families. The Medical Social Worker is expected to practice in accordance with performance standards, core values and with a commitment to service excellence. Medical Social worker may be assigned to work in ED, PEDS, ADULT and participate in mandatory coverage.
Ambulatory surgery social worker provides all of the above services to patients who are being scheduled for ambulatory surgery ensuring that patients psychosocial needs are anticipated and addressed prior to and post surgery. Partners with ambulatory surgery team members and other healthcare providers to achieve system goals and objectives around care coordination for ambulatory surgery populations identified with complex clinical and psychosocial needs. Additionally, educates team members regarding the socio-economic, emotional and cultural issues that impact care delivery, coping skills, and response to treatment. Serves as an advocate for the patient and family. Telephonically and personally meets with patients, family and care team members to coordinate psychosocial, financial, housing and transportation needs. Collaborates with the care team and community linkage for patients and families with complex social, economic, and emotional needs. Participates in care conferences and rounds. Keeps all members of the care team apprised of the current state and plan of care. Collaborates with care team members to identify at risk populations and opportunities to improve care delivery and on-going support, thus increasing efficiencies and effectiveness. Partners with the surgical care providers and shares appropriate and pertinent information in order to create a seamless and safe discharge plan.
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