Job Description

Job Title: Speech Therapist, Home Health - Altoona
Job ID: 699844
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Home Nursing Agency
Department: Home Health Speech Ther
Location: 20 Sheraton Drive, Altoona PA 16603

Description

Purpose:
Plan, organize, and implement Speech Language Services within the confines of the Pennsylvania state licensing laws to individuals, families and groups in accordance with Agency policies, procedures and Agency code of ethics. This will be done in a manner consistent with efficiency, cost effectiveness and regulatory compliance.

Regular Full-time position for Altoona.

Responsibilities:
  • Comply with established Agency requirements. Maintain productivity standards. Maintain Agency clinical competencies. Adhere to infection control principles and standards. Adhere to Agency speech therapy bag care standards. Adhere to Agency quality control standards. Complete infection control surveillance survey as mandated. Utilize agency equipment in performance of care. Complete education requirements. Comply with Agency safety standards. Attend regular staff meetings.
  • Consult and coordinate care with case manager through identification and reporting of patient problems.
  • Demonstrate support of the Agency's Mission, Principles, and Values, Ethics, & Standards of Behavior
  • Develop the plan of care in consultation with the physician and other care team members, and revise as appropriate (G186).
  • Document verbal orders as received at time of contact. Assure orders are obtained prior to service delivery. Assure that physician orders are complete, accurate, and cover the care and visits to be rendered. Follow visit patterns according to physician orders. Communicate to physician significant changes in patient condition.
  • Educate and require adherence to performance improvement processes and initiatives
  • Engage in public health activities by: Identifying unmet family/community problems/needs. Make referrals to internal and external providers to improve the health and welfare of the family/community under the direction of the case manager.
  • Expand knowledge and expertise through educational resources and literature review
  • Implement speech therapy interventions.
  • Maintain and protect customer and Agency confidentiality
  • Maintain personal productivity by demonstrating satisfactory attendance and punctuality
  • Model and mentor effective leadership and management
  • Participate in clinical conferences.
  • Participate in in-service programs as requested.
  • Plan for discharge.
  • Promote and support employee recognition.
  • Promote personal and co-worker safety during work duties
  • Provide initial and ongoing assessment to identify the client's level of functioning and ability to communicate, including OASIS assessments at appropriate time points. Identify speech therapy need(s) and response(s) of patients through a continuous evaluation process and revise plan of care accordingly. Utilize appropriate teaching methods that are age specific, culturally sensitive, language specific and appropriate to the level of education and physical disability. Implement the speech therapy plan with objectives mutually established with the patient and family. Perform patient treatments as ordered by the physician. Identify variances to established goals/outcomes and work in collaboration with the case manager to assure appropriate care/services are implemented to attain outcomes. Evaluate effectiveness and outcomes of care. Advise and consult with family and other Agency personnel.
  • Provide quality speech therapy care within an established plan of care.
  • Represent and participate in Agency professional and community activities as requested
  • Responsible for Compliance and Ethics as it relates to Agency services. Explain and adhere to patient Bill of Rights and OASIS Privacy Act.
  • Responsible for Human Resource (HR) Compliance. Submit required HR documentation when due. Adhere to Agency dress code policy. Wear identification badge. Maintain satisfactory attendance and punctuality.
  • Responsible for Performance Improvement. Report all safety problems and injuries appropriately. Implement performance improvement activities as recommended. Participate on Process Action Team as requested. Work effectively with others to find solutions that benefit all parties. Recommend performance improvement strategies.
  • Responsible for customer relations and patient satisfaction. Value customers by making serving patients a top priority. Communicate with physicians and referral sources in a courteous and timely manner. Initiate activities to resolve customer complaints. Report and document customer complaints. Establish and maintain customer relationship focus with all internal and external customers.
  • Responsible for documentation of observation(s) and care provided. Document status of outcomes on an ongoing basis. Document care provided according to Agency procedures. Document that care is reasonable and necessary. Prepare clinical and progress notes (G187). Submit documentation within Agency defined timeframes.

Qualifications

Education: Graduate at a Masters level which meets education and experience requirements for a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-language pathology granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or meets the education requirements for certification and is in the process of accumulating the supervised experiences required for certification. Computerization Skills: Competency in computer skills in a Windows based environment preferred. Travel: Access to transportation in the Agency service area with valid Pennsylvania drivers license and auto liability insurance.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR: Required CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire Certification/Licensure: Registered, certified, licensed as required by state law for the profession.

  • Act 33 Child Clearance
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Automotive Insurance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Driver's License
  • Older Adult Protective Services Act
  • Speech Pathologist

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $24.50 to $40.38

Union Position: No

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