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Responsible for the direction and oversight of Therapy Services for the hospital. Coordinates and supervises operations of the department. Maintains performance improvement activities within the department and participates in continuous quality improvement hospital wide. Ensures competency of all personnel. Assists in formulating budgets, evaluates department performance versus budget and takes appropriate action to remain within budget guidelines. Develops and implements system of reviewing department charges, ensures that patient charges are accurate and entered on a timely basis. Maintains efficient and effective department operation while requiring compliance with all state, federal and local regulatory laws, standards and protocols.
Current state licensure as a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Speech and Language Pathologist.
Minimum of three years of previous therapy management experience required.
Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, evaluate and direct activities of clinical personnel.
Effective oral and written communication skills, in English with additional languages preferred.
Proficiency in basic computer skills required.
Proficiency of rehabilitation skills in discipline specific area of PT, OT or ST with the ability to treat patients and mentor staff as needed
Manages the Therapy Services Department staff. Supports and empowers staff to embrace the mission and value statements of the organization.
Observes and evaluates program effectiveness and recommends changes to interdisciplinary leadership team and Medical Staff as needed.
Develops direct reports to excel in supervision and support of staff in the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary model.
Works under the guidance of the CEO and in collaboration with the Medical Staff and hospital leadership to lead the organization in the development of clinical programs which may include Brain Injury, Stroke, Amputee or other clinical programs. This includes a strong focus on CARF certification.
Evaluates department performance versus budgets and benchmarks and takes appropriate action to work within budgets and benchmarks for staffing, outcomes, employee satisfaction, patient engagement and other key metrics.
Is a key member of the Administrative Team and serves as a leader and/or member in hospital committees.
Collaborates with Chief Nursing Officer, Nurse Manager, physicians and interdisciplinary teams.
Other duties as assigned.
Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean and wears appropriate identification while on duty
Completes annual health, safety, and education requirements. Maintains professional growth and development.
Maintains confidentiality of all patient and/or employee information to assure patient and/or employee rights are protected.
Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patient population served.
Reports to work on time as scheduled; adheres to policies regarding notification of absence.
Attends all mandatory in-services and staff meetings.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.
Communicates the mission, vision, ethics, and goals of the hospital, to the staff and evaluates department effectiveness for adherence.
Maintains current licensure/certification for position, if applicable.
Consistently demonstrates positive Guest Relation's skills to patients, physicians, visitors, employees, and any other individuals with whom they may come in contact.
Consistently follows departmental and hospital Health, Safety, Security, Hazardous Materials policies and procedures.
HIPAA: Conduct job responsibilities in accordance with HIPAA privacy laws, follow hospital policy in provision of patient confidentiality. Able to identify patient confidentiality issues and reports to proper hospital personnel immediately.
Compliance: Conducts job responsibilities in accordance with standards set forth in Kindred's Code of Conduct, Kindred policy and procedures, applicable federal and state laws, and applicable standards.
Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
Additional languages preferred.
Basic computer knowledge.
Knowledge of equipment utilized in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of therapy.
Must be able to determine appropriate patient procedures and evaluate results.
Ability to maintain control and respond calmly and positively during crisis situations.
Appropriate telephone communication skills.
Physical and Safety Requirements:
Good general health and stress coping ability. Full mobility and ability to participate in vigorous activity. Ability to clearly and effectively communicate with all constituents (patients, families, peers, and other healthcare team members) as needed for assessment, intervention, and professional development. Possess near vision acuity for accurate reading of equipment and recording on patient charts. Must be physically able to lift, support, and move patients.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising patient care.