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In 2021, Optum and SSM Health announced a new strategic collaboration to create a sustainable, affordable, quality system of care that is easy to access and keeps people healthy. Through knowledge sharing, best-in-class tools and technology, and enhanced clinical and operational performance, together Optum and SSM Health will focus on transforming health care for all. Whether you work with us in providing direct patient care, serving a meal, or helping patients in countless other ways, you will be playing a role in transforming health care through compassion and healing. Bring your unique talents to a team that will empower you to do your best as you take on a rewarding role that leads to your life’s best work.SM
The Social Worker is responsible and accountable for coordination of patient services through an interdisciplinary process, which provides clinical and psychosocial approach through continuum of care. Discharge planning will begin at the time of (or prior to) admission, and reassessed ongoing throughout the course of hospitalization.
Provides direct social work/case management services to patients and/or families and hospital staff to ensure needed assessment intervention, support, and referral. Coordinates services with other members of the health care team community wide. Respond to information and referral needs of the community.
The foundation of the Social Worker role includes crisis intervention, comprehensive understanding of mental health diagnosis, brief counseling, working collaboratively with community vendors, identifying resource needs, arrange and facilitate meetings with the health care team as needed, problem solving and encouraging patients toward wellness.
Social Worker Position within Emergency Pediatric Department
The social worker provides services to children, adolescents, and young adult patients in the hospital and clinics through the completion of comprehensive psychosocial assessments and development of treatment plans in conjunction with the medical team and other disciplines. The social worker also provides such interventions as supportive counseling, crisis intervention, discharge planning and resource referral. Coordination of team case conferences, testifying in court, and communication with community agencies is also expected.
This position is full-time (36 hours/week). Employees are required to have flexibility to work any of our 12-hour shift schedules between Sunday-Thursday, and the ability to work rotating holidays, weekends, or nights. It may be necessary, given the business need, to work occasional overtime. Our office is located at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital 1465 S Grand Blvd St. Louis, MO 63104.
Assess the psychosocial needs of all patients/families to identify and begin to address barriers to treatment, enhance the patient’s health status, increase patient/family satisfaction, and improve utilization of resources.
Interview patients/families on cases involving suspected sexual and physical abuse.
Interview patients/families on cases involving trauma.
Coordinate care with outside agencies such as MO Children’s Division, IL Division of Family Services, and local law enforcement to assure safety of patients.
Develop effective working relationships with patients/families to engage, collaborate, and problem solve to enhance their functioning and support families.
Provide direct social work intervention related to crisis management, healthcare decision-making, ethical/legal concerns, child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, financial problems, compliance issues, as well as other psychosocial barriers to maximizing health.
Provide community resource options.
Provide information, consultation, and professional support to interdisciplinary team members and colleagues within the department.
Maintain timely, clear, and concise documentation.
You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in
Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Social Work
4+ years of social work experience, specifically in child crisis intervention, child protection or a hospital setting.
Ability to work three 12-hour night shifts between Sunday – Thursday
Ability to work rotating holidays and weekends
Ability to work onsite at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital 1465 S Grand Blvd St. Louis, MO 63104
Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
Experience in healthcare industry.
Pediatric ER experience
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from the State of Missouri
To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies required all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.
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