UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. UW Medicine - Northwest is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are: The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award; The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award; The Stroke Care Excellence Award; Winner of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, we’re also one of the safest places to get care – among the top 5% in the country.
UW Medical Center - Northwest Campus has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary Senior Social Worker in our Care Coordination Department. The incumbent will work 12 hour shifts (Evening Shift) in a Temporary capacity.
Under the general supervision of the department director, reporting to the Social Work Supervisor, this position serves as a member of an integrated, multidisciplinary team that is focused on the assessment, support and/or post-acute disposition of NWH patients and their families. This position will seek opportunities to create improvements in resource utilization, length of stay and appropriate discharge planning criteria. These duties will be performed in accordance with, and in adherence to, the mission, vision, and values of Northwest Hospital.
Provides, Progresses, and Documents Care; includes but is not limited to:
Completes accurate and thorough assessment of patient and family psychosocial functioning with focus on potential barriers to discharge.
Provides emotional support, crisis counseling as needed; mental health and substance abuse interventions.
Communication/Collaboration, includes but is not limited to:
Collaborates with case manager to provide for patient needs according to individual patient/condition requirements and care setting.
Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with the health care team. Ensures timely coordination with other care management staff to ensure continuity as patients move throughout the hospital.
Communicates effectively in writing, over the telephone, and in person with medical staff, nursing staff, ancillary support staff, external referral sites, patients, and families.
Accurately and appropriately documents all assessments, interventions and discharge plans.
Supports a work climate that is conducive to recruitment and retention of staff. Maintains objectivity and good interpersonal skills that promote effective interaction with a wide variety of people. Remains calm and constructive in conflict situations.
Participates in department and committee meetings, unit rounds, and patient/team conferences as appropriate.
Discharge Planning, includes but is not limited to:
Initiates discharge planning from admission and through discharge;
coordinates required resources for patient/family to achieve safe and timely discharge/transfer.
Demonstrates knowledge and appropriate use of hospital and community resources.
Prioritizes with the case manager to facilitate timely discharge planning.
Facilitates patient placement to appropriate disposition; arranges needed equipment and/or transportation, and ensures arrangements for appropriate follow up.
Payor and Regulatory Criteria, includes but is not limited to:
Demonstrates a working knowledge of Utilization Management
Maintains a working knowledge of all local, state and federal guidelines, requirements, and regulations
Knowledgeable of length of stay associated with specific diagnoses and implements timely discharge planning appropriate for length of stay.
Process Improvement, includes but is not limited to:
Identifies operational problems and takes action to correct specific problems.
Identifies patients who are readmitted and evaluates care and discharge needs if necessary.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.