Social Worker- MSW

Job ID
2020-114182
Employment Type
Full Time
Department
Social Work Services
Hours / Pay Period
80
Facility
St Josephs Medical Center
Shift
Evening
Standard Hours
Varied- As defined by the CBA and business needs including weekends.
Work Schedule
8 Hour
Location
CA-STOCKTON

Overview

St. Joseph's Medical Center is a member of Dignity Health. The word "dignity" perfectly defines what our organization stands for, showing respect for all people by providing excellent care. St. Joseph's Medical Center, was founded in 1899 under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, is a not for profit, fully accredited, regional hospital with 395 beds, a physician staff of over 400, and more than 2,400 employees. Specializing in cardiovascular care, comprehensive cancer services and women and children's services including neonatal intensive care. St. Josephs is the largest hospital as well as the largest private employer in Stockton, California. Nationally recognized as a quality lead, St. Josephs is consistently chosen as the "most preferred hospital" by local consumers.

Responsibilities

Job Details:

The Clinical Social Worker is responsible for performing social work assessments and interventions as needed for inpatients, outpatients and emergency department patients. They are dedicated to patient and family centered care that values personal self-determination, skilled at managing multiple priorities at once, and engaging in creative, compassionate and ethical problem-solving. As a member of a multidisciplinary health team, they perform comprehensive assessments and develop treatment plans that integrate the medical, social and resource issues that impact individual patients, families and at risk populations. Clinical Social Workers are responsible for working collaboratively with all healthcare team members to develop and implement treatment plans that support patient-centered plan of care for both individual patients and the medical community. The functions of the Clinical Social Worker includes crisis intervention, patient /family intervention, high risk screening, brief counseling, referring for financial or other identified resource needs, arrange and facilitate family/patient representative meetings with the health care team as needed, assist in post-acute placement on complex discharges and engagement of appropriate agencies or community resources when high risk patients are identified. The Clinical Social Worker establishes and maintains professional relationships with physicians, case managers, nursing staff, county agencies, community resources, patients and families. The position will be required to serve on hospital committees and take part in developing and presenting in-services to Hospital staff. This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the Mission of the Organization. It is expected that the employee will demonstrate behavior consistent with the Core Values. The employee shall support the Organization's strategic plan and the goals and direction of the Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).

 

Position Overview:

  • The Homeless Health Initiative has secured funding to enhance social work coverage in the ED of selected hospitals where the homeless population accesses care in increasing numbers.  The ED Specialty SW will provide service to homeless patients by collaborating with shelters and low-income housing, domestic violence shelters, mental and behavioral health providers, food banks, public health agencies, health insurance providers, workforce development programs, and other entities in the Coordinated Entry System (CES) that prioritizes housing and other services for the homeless population.
  • This position is dedicated to the ED only. As such, the person performing this role will not be utilized for any other relief or flex responsibilities outside of the ED, including the acute in-patient units.
  • Other SWs assigned to the ED will assist in providing the same services to the homeless patients’ dependent upon their workload priorities.

Duties:

  • Educate ED staff on the role of the ED Specialty SW in order to identify and refer homeless patients to the SW in addition to electronic EHR alerts.
  • Perform prompt, comprehensive assessments on homeless patients presenting in the ED.
  • Develop plan for safe return to the community linking the patient to any available resources that support them in overcoming barriers to food, shelter and medical care.
  • Implement any necessary interventions including but not limited to crisis intervention, abuse screening, mental health assessment, and risk assessment.
  • Develop relationships with community agencies and organizations that serve the homeless to enable warm handoff whenever possible.
  • Engage ED providers in providing any supporting care that will enhance the health and housing security of homeless patients.
  • Maintain data as requested
  • Participate with SW Manager/Supervisor in measuring and reporting on metrics (see below)

*** THIS POSITION IS GRANT FUNDED THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2021. IF THE GRANT IS NOT CONTINUED OR THERE IS NO INTERNAL WAY TO FUND THE POSITION, THEN THE REDUCTION IN FORCE LANGUAGE IN THE SEIU-UHW CBA WILL BE FOLLOWED.***

Qualifications

Minimum Experience

  • At least one year of clinical and/or medical social work experience required.

Education

  • Master's Degree from a School of Social Work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.

Training

  • Knowledge of contemporary behavioral and systems theories relevant to health care; end-of-life dynamics and interventions; grief and bereavement counseling; substance abuse identification and interventions; support for victims of abuse, neglect or violence; community or financial resources for underserved or vulnerable populations. SSDI, SDI, and other governmental/county requirements/programs. Thorough comprehension of OBRA and Title 22 is required.

Special Skills

  • Excellent customer service and presentation skills are a must. Strong interpersonal and written communication skills are essential. Demonstrated ability to apply analytical and problem solving skills. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks or projects effectively. Ability to work independently as needed with a high degree of detail orientation. Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.

 

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