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Social Worker

Employer
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)
Location
Sitka, Alaska
Closing date
Jun 5, 2025

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Specialty
Other Specialty
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

Pay Range:
$29.79 - $37.70

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it's a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

This position works closely with the inpatient multidisciplinary care team and provides pro-active integrated social services care management that supports the biopsychosocial needs of patients admitted to the hospital from birth to end of life. This position works directly with patients and their families in providing support, planning for discharge from the hospital, identifying barriers to discharge, assisting with financial and housing needs, working with state and federal agencies in providing information for placement needs, identifying custodial issues, referring patient in crisis to behavioral health, handles referral and consults from providers in primary care and outlying clinics within scope of responsibilities. Responsible for all swing bed admission assessments and patient disposition. This position provides supportive counseling, encouragement, coaching, and linkage with essential community services that support everyone's unique healthcare needs.
Key Essential Functions and Accountabilities of the Job
  • Works closely with the inpatient multidisciplinary team as a member of the Care Coordination team to assess the biopsychosocial needs of any patient admitted to the hospital for medical care.
  • Responsible for discharge planning working in collaboration with the Inpatient Care Coordinators to include identifying barriers to discharge, documentation, identifying community resources and agencies that may be needed at the time of discharge, identifying Durable Medical Equipment (DME) needs, developing discharge plan in agreement with patient and/or family/caregiver.
  • Completes swing bed assessments at the time of admission into subacute rehabilitation services and ensures the patient and/or family/caregiver understand this level of care and participation requirements.
  • Facilitates or co-facilitates patient/family care conferences to ensure the patient and family/caregiver have knowledge and understanding of acute/chronic illness, understand the plan of care, and to provide guidance in navigating the health care system.
  • Assists patients to make decisions about their health care and whether they would like family/caregiver involved in those decisions (i.e., Advance Directive, Power of Attorney, POLST, etc).
  • Identifies what community resources are available to assist the patient and/or family/caregiver during hospitalization and recovery; submitting any requests that may support the patient in meeting basic living requirements (i.e., housing, meals, transportation, etc.).
  • Assisting patients with any financial or legal matters (i.e., banks statements, referral to lawyers, applying for VA/VOICE services, applying for Medicaid, etc.)
  • Assisting patient with long term care or assisted living needs; assisting with application process, verifying payer source, arranging for transportation and escort to facility.
  • Finding alternative solutions to meet the physical and emotional needs of each patient.
  • Assisting patients with dental/denture care, podiatric care, eye care, and hearing services while a patient is in the hospital.
  • Refers to Social Service Clinician (LCSW) for chemical dependence, mental health, and crisis support intervention.
  • Maintains complete and accurate records as required by SEARHC policy and state and federal regulations.
  • Participates in daily and weekly (Swing Bed) multidisciplinary team meetings.
  • Participates in staff/team trainings and meetings and incorporates concepts and skills into the delivery of patient services.
  • Participates in all required and assigned SEARCH training.
  • Establishes and maintains up-to-date knowledge and effective working relationships with local community resources.
  • Develops and maintains a trusting and partnering relationship with assigned patients to assist in the success of their care and recovery.
  • Supports provider decision making and builds on provider-patient interventions.
  • Coordinates and works well with other team members to ensure continuum of care.
  • Obtains complete and accurate information in a courteous, respectful, and culturally sensitive manner.
  • Documents patient notes clearly and timely to provide adequate information for other health care providers.

Education, Certifications, and Licenses Required
  • BSW or MSW in social services required.
  • Valid State of Alaska Driver's License or can be obtained within 6 months of hire.


Experience Required
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a hospital environment in social work.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.


Knowledge of
  • Demonstrated understanding of sound ethical practice in conjunction with the established and defined ethics of one's training, discipline, and education/license level.
  • Knowledge of basic nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation recommendations for physical health and disease prevention.
  • Case management principles and application in integrated settings using tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • The use of customer service and recovery skills.
  • Knowledge and awareness of community support resources.


Skills in
  • Communication skills to report patient activities and deviations from normal; ability to interact positively and effectively with patients and families.
  • Use of equipment and software, such as: computers, electronic health record, fax, google drive and phone system.
  • Application of effective and clear oral and written communication.
  • Empathic and supportive listening.
  • Developing interpersonal relationships to work as an effective team member.


Ability to
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of patient care information.
  • Maintain documentation in compliance.
  • Consistently utilize professional communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Multi-task and work independently in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Maintain compliance with annual competencies.
  • Provide advocacy and outreach.
  • Problem-solve and use conflict resolution skills to develop and maintain good working relations with other staff and departments.
  • Meet patients' needs in a prompt and appropriate manner.
  • Work with individuals of all walks of life, skills, and abilities including individuals dealing with various addictions, experiencing homelessness and severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Use the computer system to obtain and document patient information.
  • Effectively coordinate with multi-disciplinary team and SEARHC providers in accomplishing goals/objectives of treatment plan.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other state and community agencies on behalf of patients and/or SEARHC.
  • Ability to effectively organize time, responsibilities, and accomplish tasks by established deadlines and time frames.


Required Certifications:

Driver License - State of Alaska

If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

Company

 

Photo #2 SEARHC

We want you to join our team!

Southeast Alaska is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, proudest Native cultures, and thriving pioneer spirits. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) helps to keep it healthy.

Every career with SEARHC comes with a positive work culture, a team with shared values, and competitive benefits. SEARHC offers sign-on bonuses for Registered Nurses, Hot Jobs and Certified Nurses Assistants.

At SEARHC, we are passionate about enhancing the health and wellbeing of our team as well as the communities we serve.

We Embody our Values:

  • Respect
  • Cultural Identity
  • Service
  • Professionalism
  • Compassion
Company info
Website
Telephone
907-966-8591
Location
3245 Hospital Drive
Juneau
Alaska
99801
United States

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