Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 7/26/2021

At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized behavioral health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.

We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.

In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:






If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.

Position Summary:

The Social Worker is a clinician responsible for social work services for patient population at Steward St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. This worker will be under the supervision of a supervisory level LICSW but will function with a great deal of autonomy and with specialized expertise in the area of department services. The Social Worker will also work a part of the interdisciplinary team caring for patients in various units of the Medical Center. The Social Worker in this position is a Discharge Planner, working autonomously with the collaboration of a nurse case manager.

Health Benefits to help you live well!

  • Low cost Medical/Prescription Drug Insurance through BCBS
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 401k via Fidelity for eligible employees with company match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Worldwide Travel Assistance
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Auto and Home Insurance
  • Hospital Indemnity Insurance

Essential Functions and Duties:

  • Provide social work services on unit(s), assisting patients and families to cope with plans and decisions that need to be made before, during and after hospitalization.
  • Provide individual and/or group counseling/therapy to patients and/ or their families.
  • Support and advocate for patients.
  • Provide diagnostic evaluations and psycho-social assessments.
  • Provide referrals for follow-up services.
  • Collaborate with clinical interdisciplinary teams.
  • Facilitate continuing care plans.
  • Provide crisis prevention.
  • The social worker will provide counseling for patients, family and friends whenever indicated at time of diagnosis, regards adjustment to illness, the emotional impact of diagnosis, and charges in lifestyle.
  • The social worker will offer continuity by maintaining a supportive relationship to patient and family throughout course of illness.
  • On occasions when it is indicated, the social worker will counsel and support patient and other family in bereavement.
  • The social worker will provide case management for patients. This will include resource identification, concrete services as indicated and will often involve referrals to community agencies and assistance in obtaining financial aid.
  • The social worker will make a psycho-social assessment of as many high-risk clinic patients as time allows.
  • Patients who will be seen may include those with histories of mental illness, developmental disability, elder/child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, and substance abuse. High risk patients will be followed through their pregnancies as well.
  • The clinical social worker will also see patients at time of crisis and will assist where possible in cases of need for concrete services. The social worker will see any patient wishing to place her baby for adoption, referring them to the appropriate agency.
  • The Social Worker will assess the discharge needs of all patients admitted to their respective department assignment.

Education and Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work required
  • LCSW required, LICSW preferred
  • Experience as a discharge planner is preferred, but not required. Availability weekdays, weekends, several holidays, and on-call is required.

Additional Information

Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.

Important COVID message

Please note, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously cancelled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital. A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.

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