Reports to Therapy Department Leadership. Provides diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with speech, language, cognitive, swallow impairment and/or other neurogenic communication disorders in the adult and/or pediatric population. Participates in departmental programs, activities and serves as a role model of quality clinical practice. Serves as a resource to staff, rehabilitation teams and Interns.
MISSION, VALUES and SERVICE GOALS
MISSION: We deliver outstanding care, inspire health, and connect with heart.
VALUES: Trust. Respect. Integrity. Compassion.
SERVICE GOALS: Personally connect. Keep everyone informed. Be on their team.
Completes appropriate assessment per physician's orders and diagnosis.
Develops individualized treatment plan including time based functional goals.
Reassesses the patient and modifies treatment plan appropriately with respect to objective findings.
Communicates directly with physician regarding any requests for changes to physician prescribed therapy.
Assures prescription is current.
Oversees and supervises patient treatment planning with therapy assistants.
Follows all practice act and regulatory guidelines for assistant supervision and patient management.
Begins D/C planning at the time of evaluation.
Incorporates skills learned at continuing education/in-services into daily practice.
Utilizes a variety of appropriate evidence based treatment techniques through individualized treatment planning to optimize outcomes.
Instructs patient/family in therapeutic activities, provides hand-out when appropriate, and documents in the medical records.
Communicates with patients and families in a way that is professional and appropriate to their level of understanding and need.
Productivity expectation for assigned area is met.
Actively and appropriately participates in meetings, program development, special projects, performance improvement, etc.
Demonstrates initiative and flexibility in managing caseload on a daily basis.
Proactively seeks to assist others when personal caseload is less than productivity expectation.
Holds self accountable for all information related to policy and regulatory guidelines presented in meetings, in-services, in writing and verbally.
Accepts responsibility/accountability and performs daily support activities when those personnel are not available.
Meets all defined deadlines (license, CPR, mandatory ins., TB).
Collaborates with all disciplines/ancillary personnel to effectively manage patients.
Team norms are consistently followed for communication.
When giving direction to support personnel, expectations are made clear.
Adheres to department policy times frames for completion of all paperwork (evaluations, notes and D/C summary).
Completes within established guidelines, all documentation related to patient assessment tools used for outcomes and or regulatory compliance.
Documentation includes appropriate detail to support all billing charges and is completed in a timely fashion to meet payor requirements for prior authorization, and continuation of treatment.
Content of all documentation is complete and appropriate for diagnosis and condition (i.e. objective functional measures, special tests and minutes).
Signs/cosigns documentation appropriately per practice act and policy.
Education and Experience
The knowledge, skills, and abilities as indicated below are normally acquired through the successful completion of a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Speech Language Pathology license in the State of Indiana is required. Previous acute care, in-patient rehab and out-patient treatment is beneficial.
Knowledge & Skills
Requires familiarity with use of modalities and equipment needed to complete standard treatments offered.
Requires tact and discretion when working with patients, families, and physicians.
Must maintain current BLS certification.
At risk for occupational exposure to infectious diseases.
Requires the physical ability and stamina (i.e. to walk/stand for prolonged periods of time, push carts/wheelchairs up to 50 pounds, to position/lift patients at a maximum of 35 pounds unassisted, over 35 pounds requires assistance, provide CPR, etc.) to perform the essential functions of the position.
Sufficient balance and strength necessary in standing to ensure patient safety while performing swallow studies.