POSITION PURPOSE: Speech and Language Pathologists identify and treat communication and swallowing impairments. A Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) seeks to improve communication skills through vocal exercises and cognitive therapies. Patients undergoing treatment with a SLP may have an articulation, language, fluency, resonance or mechanical disorder which prevents them from being understood, understanding others, or swallowing and managing oral intake. The SLP works with hospital outpatients, inpatients, Home Health, and residents of the hospital Long Term Care unit, according to the professional standards of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).
NATURE AND SCOPE: A Speech and Language Pathologist assumes all professional duties and responsibilities pertaining to assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders. The position may also include teaching responsibilities, clinical education for hospital staff and physicians, Quality Improvement responsibilities, and other tasks as directed by the Director of Rehabilitation.
ENVIRONMENT: South Peninsula Hospital is a combined 22 bed critical access hospital and 28 bed long term care facility, orthopedic and family practice clinics located at the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. Physical demands are moderate and may require heavy lifting, periods of prolonged standing, and ability to assist patients as needed. Department hours are 07:00 to 18:00. Therapists work either a 5 day, eight hour shift or a 4 day, ten hour shift. Weekends are covered on a rotational basis. Duties are performed in a clean, safe, barrier free department.
LATITUDE: Speech and Language Pathologists primarily provide assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders, following referral from physicians.
SUBORDINATE ACTIVITIES: Speech and Language Pathologists may be required to assist in the supervision of Long Term Care Restorative Aides, and volunteers or students.
CHALLENGE: Speech Language Pathologists are under the supervision of the Director of Rehabilitation Services. All patient care is provided in conjunction with a physician referral. To develop the Speech and Language Pathology Services in such a way as to: 1. Maintain high quality clinical standards. 2. Become the SLP provider of choice for the South Peninsula Hospital Service area. 3. To deliver quality patient care and service to all customers.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: The Speech Language Pathologist position requires a degree from an accredited university recognized by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Three to five years of experience is preferred. Current national certification (C.C.C.) through the ASHA and American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification are mandatory.
INTER-ACTIVE CONTACTS: Speech and Language Pathologists interact daily with the public, other employees, patients and families, and physicians. A professional demeanor is required at all times.
Performs initial evaluations by physician referral on Speech therapy outpatients, inpatients, and L.T.C. residents.
Performs treatment as prescribed by physician referral.
Designs treatment programs that are goal oriented, not contradicted, and appropriate for a patient’s level of function.
Performs initial evaluations within 24 hours of the physician referral for acute care and swing bed patients, and L.T.C. residents.
Performs timely outpatient re-evaluations with appropriate correspondence to physicians monthly.
Documents daily treatments after each patient visit.
Assures that patient referrals are current and specify diagnosis.
Participates in the orientation and training of new staff.
Provides in-services upon request of the Director of Rehabilitation Services.
Attends L.T.C. conferences upon request of the Director of Rehabilitation Services.
Follows the quality improvement plan for the Rehabilitation Department.
Obtains necessary CEU’s to maintain certificate of clinical competence (CCC).
Follows the established procedures and policies outlined in the department manual.
Arrives at work on time and finishes assigned tasks to completion.
Is courteous and professional in dealing with patients, physicians, and hospital personnel.
Appropriately applies principles of Speech Therapy in tests and measurements and uses this information to facilitate goal setting.
Meets SPH requirements for treatment of all persons. Treats all patients with dignity, and follows established policies and procedures to preserve the patient’s right to privacy and confidentiality. Exhibits a caring attitude to patients, coworkers and visitors, including working cooperatively with others for a positive work environment and team building atmosphere.
Complies with facility attendance policies/procedures/meets attendance requirements of job.
Participates in self-growth opportunities/requirements, in-services and meetings per department and facility policy.
Requests help and/or guidance as necessary in order to safely perform assigned duties.
Plans and organizes work activity to complete schedule assignments on time.
Completes an acceptable work load, accepts additional tasks willingly.
Takes appropriate 15 minute breaks and 30 minutes for meals.
Takes no more than 4-7 sick days per year, except for extended illness/injury.
Understands and follows the chain of command in dealing with problems/concerns
Complies with facility policies & procedures, including fire evacuation and disaster plans.
Complies with dress code and is professional in appearance.
Deals with interpersonal conflict in healthy, positive manner.
Completes Occurrence and other reports per facility policy.
Demonstrates knowledge and practice of Standard Precautions for prevention of spread of disease.
Follows the guidelines of the hospital's customer service plan in daily job performance.
This Job Description reflects South Peninsula Hospital’s best effort to describe the essential accountabilities and qualifications of the job described. It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of the job. This document is not intended to exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation. This is not intended to be a contract. Your signature indicates you have read this Job Description and understand the essential functions and essential qualifications of the job.
Internal Number: -
About SOUTH PENINSULA HOSPITAL
Located on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, Homer is alive with a variety of activities. Nestled on the shore of Kachemak Bay, Homer offers breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains and wildlife for year-round outdoor recreational opportunities.South Peninsula Hospital is a full-service hospital that provides for the needs of our community. We have a newly constructed and remodeled 28-bed acute care facility providing first-rate services in an entirely patient-focused and state-of-the-art facility.We offer a wide range of general and specialty services including a 24-hour emergency department, 25-bed skilled nursing home, surgery department, home health care, physical rehabilitation, laboratory and imaging department.