Occupational Therapist I HH

Job ID
2020-122482
Employment Type
Full Time
Department
Home Health
Hours / Pay Period
72
Facility
Dominican Hospital - Santa Cruz
Shift
Day
Standard Hours
M-F 8-5 with alternating weekends
Location
CA-SANTA CRUZ

Overview

About Us

Dominican Hospital (a member of Dignity Health) is a 222-bed facility that offers a wide range of services to residents of California’s Central Coast. With 24/7 emergency care, comprehensive care in cardiac, orthopedics, oncology, women’s and children’s services, we continue to lead the region in medical innovation and excellence in healthcare. 

 

Comprehensive Care

Dominican offers emergency services and is a Certified Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center. Dominican’s services include the only comprehensive Cancer Center in Santa Cruz County, a Total Joint Replacement program, and advanced neurological and endoscopic services. Dominican regularly receives ‘A’ grades for hospital safety from Leapfrog Group, and has received national recognition for superior patient safety, cardiac care, and stroke treatment from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

As Santa Cruz County’s heart attack (STEMI) receiving center, Dominican Hospital provides cutting edge cardiac care. The hospital’s heart attack treatment times consistently beat the national average, and the hospital offers two cardiac catheterization labs available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Groundbreaking cardiac procedures at Dominican include the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure, which allows for heart valve replacement without opening a patient’s chest.

Dominican Hospital has forged significant partnerships with area hospitals to bring exceptional care to Santa Cruz County. The hospital offers a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) through a partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Neurosurgery at Dominican is also offered through a partnership with Stanford Health Care.

 

In The Community

Beyond care inside the hospital, Dominican is dedicated to the health and wellness of the Santa Cruz community.

Community programs include a Mobile Wellness Clinic, a tattoo removal program, and support groups for patients and new mothers. In addition, and in accordance with our mission, Dominican Hospital supports programs for the underserved in our community, including children and adults, students, seniors, and the homeless population. Dominican also has received several awards for environmental excellence.

 

Responsibilities

Occupational Therapist I (OT) independently performs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic care for patients with overt and covert needs and/or complications of treatment, for the adolescent, adult, and/or geriatric patient with focus on Activities of Daily Living and rehabilitation. This role also provides education to patients, appropriate family members and caregivers in order to restore patients’ functional independence and reduce or prevent long term disability. Assists the patients to reach their maximum potential through coordination of care in a multi-disciplinary team setting. Coordinates the care and is responsible for management of the patient’s case with other disciplines and implements specific programs related to Occupational Therapy under the general direction of the Home Health Rehab Manager.
 
ALL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS will render professional occupational therapy care to patients and supportive medical care as direct by physicians. This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the Mission of CHW/Dominican Hospital. It is expected that the employee will demonstrate behavior consistent with the CoreValues. The OT shall support CHW/Dominican Hospital’s strategic plan and the goals and direction of the quality improvement / process improvement activities and patient satisfaction.
 
The Occupational Therapist (OT) plans, organizes and directs home care services and is experienced in therapeutic practices, with emphasis on community home health education/ experience. The professional therapist builds from the resources of the community to plan and direct services to meet the needs of individual and families within their home and communities. The therapist acts as a facilitator, coordinator, advocate, educator, and skilled caregiver for clients and families. The Occupational Therapist develops a specific OT plan of care and revises the plan of care, through continual reassessment of client/family needs, client history, diagnosis, physician orders, excepted outcomes, and client goals. Initiates appropriate preventative and rehabilitative therapeutic procedures, provides direct therapy treatments, formulates and implements appropriate teaching plans, and communicates significant clinical findings and changes in status to the physician and other involved personnel.
 
Special Training/ Requirements: (including license):
  • Current and valid California Occupational Therapy license
  • Current CPR certification
  • Current valid driver’s license, a reliable automobile and proof of current automobile insurance 
Experience: (minimum, plus desired):
  • Minimum of two years of experience as a Occupational Therapist in physical disabilities setting, preferably in acute care, acute rehabilitation or home health 
  • Knowledge of occupational therapy theory, treatment, and evaluation
  • Previous home health experience preferred.
  • Must be an experienced computer user
 
Position Responsibilities: The OT is knowledgeable regarding the services provided by the agency, the principles of homecare and the patient population served by the agency. The OT is knowledgeable regarding Title 22 regulations, Medicare Conditions of Participation and Joint Commission standards. OTs must be able to effectively apply critical thinking and therapy skills to a wide range of medical and surgical patients independently in the home (under minimal office supervision). OTs must be able to identify and apply therapy care and treatments appropriate to the specific patient age groups served. The OT is proficient in using the OASIS Assessment tool for on-going patient evaluations. The OT is responsible for supporting efforts to improve clinical and service excellence of patient care provided. The OT will participate in the achievement of service targets and process goals. The OT will participate in clinical record review and process/ quality improvement activities. The OT is knowledgeable regarding the qualifications of other agency staff and the scope of care and service they can provide in order to make appropriate referrals and coordinate care.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years of experience as a Occupational Therapist in physical disabilities setting, preferably in acute care, acute rehabilitation or home health
  • Knowledge of occupational therapy theory, treatment, and evaluation
  • Previous home health experience preferred.
  • Must be an experienced computer user
  • Current and valid California Occupational Therapy license
  • Current CPR certification
  • Current valid driver?s license, a reliable automobile and proof of current automobile insurance
  • Current and valid California Occupational Therapy license
  • Current CPR certification
  • Current valid driver?s license, a reliable automobile and proof of current automobile insurance
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