This position is responsible for providing diagnostic (including Modified Barium Swallow studies) and therapeutic services, patient/family education, and appropriate referrals as necessary to patients exhibiting a speech, language, or swallowing disorder; maintaining systematic records in accordance with professional and regulatory guidelines; maintaining quality care for all patients through interaction with hospital personnel in a coordinated, comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach; and providing assistance where communication barriers exist due to speech/language disabilities to enable each individual to reach his or her maximum level of independence. This will be accomplished by performing the following duties in accordance with Community Hospital and the Therapy Works Department’s policies and procedures. This position will cover inpatient and outpatient.
Colorado West Healthcare System expects job performance to be consistent with its mission and believes that each Employee contributes to improve performance by continuously searching for ways to increase efficiencies and enhance fiscal performance and viability.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Community Hospital reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)
Day to day work is focused on these key performance areas:
Coordinates and directs patient care services to patients of all ages to ensure that patient needs are met. Services include patient evaluation/ assessment, establishing and implementing a plan of care, assessing effectiveness of and modifying treatment to ensure goal achievement, and educating patients/caregivers.
Interacts professionally with the patient and/or family/caregiver and involves them in the formation of the plan of care.
Demonstrates the ability to apply therapeutic principles and practices based on current evidence and knowledge, appropriate clinical judgment, and patient preference.
Adapts the delivery of services with consideration for patients’ differences, values, preferences, and needs.
Practices in a safe manner that minimizes the risk to patient, self, and others
Produces quality documentation in a timely manner to support provision of care, according to current standards that are based on professional association and regulatory guidelines.
Collects and analyzes data from selected outcome measures to monitor patient progress and the benefit of interventions.
Communicates appropriately and clearly to physicians, staff, and hospital leadership.
Demonstrates an understanding of treatment costs and financial support as they relate to quality and efficiency, including budgeting, staffing, billing/coding, and procedural planning tasks.
Submits appropriate, accurate, and timely billing and coding information for services rendered.
Participates in ongoing professional development to maintain a level of clinical practice consistent with best practice standards. This includes seeking opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills and utilizing these newly acquired skills in the provision of care and for growth and development of the department and hospital.
Critically assesses self to improve clinical and professional performance
Contributes to departmental, hospital, and community activities that promote department operations and program development for Community Hospital.
Is an advocate for the Speech-Language Pathology profession
Educates others (patients, caregivers, staff, students, other health care providers, business and industry representative, Community Health Partners) using relevant and effective teaching methods.
Performs other duties as assigned to support the overall effectiveness of the department and the organization.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Master’s or Doctoral degree in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited program. Maintains a current Certificate of Clinical Competence granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
equivalent combination of education and experience.
Internal Number: 16
About Community Hospital
Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, is a full-service, acute-care hospital licensed for 78 beds. As part of the Colorado West Healthcare System, we offer full outpatient diagnostic services and inpatient care for the Western Slope region of Colorado, and Eastern Utah. Community Hospital brings together expert staff and world-class technology in a healing, family-centered environment.We provide a full range of medical services, including inpatient and outpatient surgery,and emergency care. We have comprehensive diagnostic capabilities: state-of-the-art ultrasound, 64-slice CT, digital mammography and cardiac testing. Community Hospital proudly partners with University of Utah Heath Care and Huntsman Cancer Institute to provide world-class medical and radiation oncology right here at home. Community Hospital is both Joint Commission and American Osteopathic Association accredited—the only hospital with this dual accreditation in the western United States. Our laboratory is College of American Pathologists-accredited. For those lab tests that we don’t conduct on site, the Mayo Clinic is our exclusive partner for reference laboratory services.We pride ourselves on deliverin...g personalized care to our patients, and in working closely with our medical-care providers in treating the whole person. This approach has resonated with our patients, and we are growing to meet our community’s demand. On October 15th, 2014, Community Hospital broke ground on a new four-story, 140,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. Our NEW hospital opened Thursday, March 17th, 2016!