HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Social Worker Licensed (LCSW) in Salem VA, Virginia

LewisGale Medical Center (LGMC) delivers quality care to our patients located in the beautiful mountainous region of Southwest Virginia. LGMC is a 521-bed acute care facility and is the largest hospital in the LewisGale Regional Health System (LGRHS). LewisGale is also ranked among the top hospitals in Virginia and the nation for benchmarked quality cancer care, patient safety and satisfaction and health outcomes.

More specifically, our Behavioral Health Unit offers hope, help, encouragement and support for individuals with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs,
including depression, chemical dependency such as drug or alcohol addiction, anxiety and many other issues. Individuals receive the best quality care through specialized services in safe, healthy, confidential and calming environments. Also, our programs cover a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services for adolescents age 13 and up, adults, impaired professionals and some geriatric patients. See additional information about this unit our website http://lewisgale.com/service/mental-health .

Specific Functions of the Social Worker:

  1. Provides initial and ongoing psychosocial assessments for patients/families having complex psychosocial needs, mental health illness and or substance abuse needs.

  2. Collaborates with the interdisciplinary treatment team and develops treatment goals and plans interventions that assist the patient and family to resolve psychosocial concerns that may arise as a result of illnesses, engagement in high risk social behaviors (i.e. substance abuse), limited finances and/or physical disabilities.

  3. In consultation with the Clinical Case Manager, applies the rules of Severity of Illness, Intensity of Service, and Discharge Indicators consistently in evaluating medical necessity.

  4. Participates in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings to facilitate individualized plan of care for each patient.

  5. Educates patients and families to the patient’s needs post discharge and informs them of the alternatives available to meet those needs.

  6. Refers patients who require extended care post discharge to post acute care facilities. Once an appropriate bed is located, arranges for the patient’s transfer.

  7. Collaborates with community agencies that provide services to assist with housing, financial, transportation, psychosocial, educational, home health, and home medical equipment needs of patients/families post discharge.

  8. Provides interdisciplinary and collaborative care, treatment and services; initiates patient/family meeting and communicates results with the health care team to achieve positive outcomes as indicated.

  9. Documents clinical / social work assessments, treatment goals, interventions, outcomes, and discharge plans in the patient’s medical record congruent with departmental policies.

    1. Provides crisis and supportive counseling to enhance the patient’s and family’s problem solving and coping skills. Counsels patient/families regarding advance medical directives.

    2. Takes a proactive role in discharge planning. Documents aftercare appointments and instructions on the discharge Information Form in a timely manner.

    3. Communicates with aftercare providers to ensure continuity and coordination of care.

    4. Provides ongoing education on ethical, psychosocial, discharge planning issues and other care coordination for the other members of the interdisciplinary team.

    5. Maintains current knowledge of trends related to care coordination issues through attendance and active participation in continuing education and professional organizations.

    EXPERIENCE Required - One Year paid employment or a field placement in a health care setting.

    Preferred - Two years paid employment or a field placement in a health care setting.
    BLS Certification. TOVA/CPI.

    EDUCATION / CREDENTIALS Required – Master’s Degree in Mental Health related degree from an accredited institution OR Licensed/License Eligible

    Preferred – Master’s Degree in Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work from an accredited institution .

Job: *Behavioral & Social Work

Title: Social Worker Licensed (LCSW)

Location: Virginia-Salem VA-Lewis-Gale Medical Center

Requisition ID: 00005-18955