LHC Group Physical Therapist - $10,000 SignOn - FT - Ashland in Ashland, Alabama

Overview:

LHC Group is the preferred post-acute care partner for hospitals, physicians and families nationwide. From home health and hospice care to long-term acute care and community-based services, we deliver high-quality, cost-effective care that empowers patients to manage their health at home. More than 60 leading hospitals and health systems around the country have partnered with LHC Group to deliver patient-centered care in the home. More hospitals, physicians and families choose LHC Group, because our 11,000 employees in 25 states are united by a single, shared purpose: It's all about helping people.

Using discretion and independent judgment, the Physical Therapist provides age-appropriate services for adult to geriatric patients, including the following: comprehensive assessment, direct treatment to individuals and groups, supervision of treatment delivered by the PTA or tech, development of a home exercise program, patient/family instruction, participation in team and family conferences, evaluation and selection of adaptive equipment, participation in PI programs, and documentation of services according to hospital and department standards

Responsibilities:

Essential Functions

  • Initiates evaluation and completes it within 3 days of receiving an order.

  • Evaluates the patient to determine rehab potential, identifies needs, and sets goals to be used in the team plan of care.

  • Identifies appropriate parts of the evaluation when completion is not possible. Prioritizes treatment, completes per policy.

  • Seeks out resources in difficult cases

  • Sets initial STG's and LTG's.

  • Collaborates with patient and family in goal setting and achievement.

  • Schedules patient at appropriate time for therapy.

  • Identifies patient and family education needs.

  • Attends PTC weekly or provides information for the therapy representative, and functions as an active participant of the ID team.

  • Collaborates with the team to establish interdisciplinary team goals.

  • Utilizes equipment in a proper and safe manner, reports broken or faulty equipment

  • Follows medical regimen developed for the patient. Is aware of and adheres to precautions (THR, TKR, Cardiac, Wound, etc.).

  • Utilizes the following safe treatment techniques: transfers, positioning, feeding, splinting, paraffin bath, cryotherapy, etc.

  • Utilizes treatment approaches according to established PT protocols and policies.

  • Utilizes alternatives or other innovative approaches as needed.

  • Completes a bi-weekly summary in conjunction with the POC

  • Documents on the ID progress notes daily.

  • Documents daily units of treatment on the charge sheet

  • Writes orders on the physician order sheet as indicated according to hospital policy

  • Documents patient progress on the POC form weekly.

  • Completes D/C summary within 3 days of discharge.

  • Completes appropriate discharge planning in the following areas: Provides home evaluation as indicated. Is aware of financial situation and plans care appropriately. Ensures that patient is aware of home/work place accessibility. Ensures patient awareness of needed equipment, and makes plans to secure it. Designs a home exercise program to address all pre-existing problems. Makes all appropriate referrals at D/C.

  • Serves as a member of the Performance Improvement team

  • Actively participates in Department Team meetings.

  • Conducts in services for other staff members as needed or identified.

  • Participates in weekend and holiday rotation as needed

  • Participates in student supervision as indicated.

  • Assists in the interview process for new therapy department employees as needed.

  • Lead Therapist TS: Ensures that the therapists evaluate the patient to determine rehab potential during initial evaluation.

  • Lead Therapist TS: Ensures that therapists collaborate daily with patient and family in goal setting and achievement.

  • Lead Therapist TS: Ensures that therapists schedule patients at the appropriate time for therapy.

  • Lead Therapist TS: Ensures that therapists identify patient and family education needs upon admit and as needed.

  • Lead Therapist TS: Ensures that therapists complete initial evaluations within 3 days of admission

  • Lead Therapist TS: Ensures that therapists set initial STG's and LTG's during initial evaluation

  • Lead Therapist TS: Collaborates with the other therapists and interdisciplinary team to establish patient goals as needed.

  • Lead Therapist TS: Attends Team Conference weekly and functions as an active participant of the ID team.

  • Lead Therapist TS: Reviews documentation weekly and ensures that the therapists complete all needed documentation

  • Wound Care TS: Provides consultation and direct assistance to the hospital nursing staff in the management of patients with ostomies and wounds (i.e. pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers, diabetic ulcers, burns, etc) by: assessment of the wound, recommendation of care to promote healing, evaluation of response to treatment, and recommendation of alternative treatment approaches when indicated.

  • Wound Care TS: Provides direct patient care and treatment of ostomies and complicated wounds as follows: pulse lavage, vacuum assisted closure, and debridements.

  • Wound Care TS: Recommends patient care practices utilizing current national and regional standards

  • Wound Care TS: Assesses and monitors all wound care patients for appropriateness of care at least weekly.

  • Wound Care TS: Coordinates the use of specialty bed surfaces for appropriateness of care.

  • Wound Care TS: Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals in the planning of cost-effective, high quality care for patients with wounds.

  • Wound Care TS: Participates in interdisciplinary team conferences with members of the interdisciplinary team, patients, and families.

  • Wound Care TS: Demonstrates clinical expertise in the performance and teaching of technical skills to the nursing staff and patients/families that is necessary to care for patients with wounds and ostomies.

  • Wound Care TS: Collects clinical data on wound care patients and participates in performance improvement and quality assurance.

  • Wound Care TS: Coordinates wound care in-services for new hires and continued education for nursing staff.

Qualifications:

Formal Education : Bachelor's Degree

Experience : Less than 6 months

License, Registration, and / or Certification Requirement : Yes

Education Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited school of Physical Therapy and successful completion of the National Registry exam.

  • Recent graduates who have applied for the registration exam may be considered for provisional appointment.

License Requirements

  • CPR certification

  • Current Physical Therapy License in state of practice

License Desired

  • Membership or certification in national association (as applicable)

Skill Requirements

  • Must be willing to accept management duties as assigned.

Requisition ID 2016-6229

Facility Name Clay County Hospital Home Care

Territory Coverage Ashland and Sylacauga

Category CLINICAL

Position Type Full-Time

Work Schedule Normal (Based on FT, PT, PRN)