How have you impacted someone's life today? At Hackensack Meridian Health our teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career, all within New Jersey's premier healthcare system.
The Social Worker Care Coordinator is a member of the healthcare team and is responsible for coordinating, communicating and facilitating the clinical progression of the patient's treatment and discharge plan. Accountable for a designated patient caseload. The social work care coordinators assesses, plans, and facilitates, with patients/families and healthcare professionals involved in the patients care to meet treatment goals, expected length of stay, and arrange for the appropriate next level of care. They oversee Inter facility transitions and hand-off between acute & post-acute services and follow State of New Jersey regulation for Social Work.
The social work department services medical and behavioral patients, so they are cross trained to be able to cover any area in social work. They have the opportunity to care for varied patient populations including pediatrics, adults, ICU, neonates, oncology, behavioral, etc.
In terms of culture, our team is extremely collaborative, working with multi-disciplinary teams and being able to cover different areas of social work.
A day in the life of a Social Worker Care Coordinator at Hackensack Meridian includes:
Patient screening, conducting care coordination discharge planning assessment and reassessment and documenting in the medical record
Participating/coordinating multidisciplinary rounds working with the healthcare team to collaboratively formulate appropriate and realistic discharge plans
Maintaining current information on community resources and refers patients to those community resources which will enhance patient's life
Consulting with other community agencies and committees to identify potential resources for resolving patient's health, psychosocial or financial problems
Coordinating transfer or discharge of patient to another level of care or setting based on patient's assessed needs and hospital's capacity to provide care
Collaborating with risk management and legal staff on guardianship/other legal issues to prevent discharge delays
Communicating with insurance representatives to enable financial coverage of post-acute services
Providing counseling as requested by patient/physician and referrals for counseling to community agencies for long term treatment
Developing a discharge plan in collaboration with patient/family and healthcare team that will provide maximum benefit for each patient
Making appropriate referrals to DYFS, Adult Protective Services and other agencies as necessary
Current and valid LCSW in the State of New Jersey is required
Master's of Social Work is required
Two (2) or more years of experience as a social worker in a healthcare setting is required
Certified Case Manager (CCM) or Accredited Case Manager (ACM) is preferred
If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!
Hackensack University Medical Center