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Medical Social Worker - Hospital Based

Location Clackamas, Oregon Job Number 954951 Date posted 06/04/2021
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The Social Worker provides comprehensive psychosocial assessments to members. Social work services are designed to support and maximize the member's ability to better direct their own health care experience through the use of assessment and intervention, educational programs, and linkage to health plan and community resources. The Social Worker encourages respect for individuality, independence and patient choice and collaborates on policies and systems that respect the cultural, religions, and ethnic differences among patients and families. Social work contributes to the medical team's understanding of patient beliefs, behaviors, and barriers regarding the member's illness.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Uses age appropriate assessment and intervention skills. Able to use a range of interventions, depending upon the needs of the patient/family.

  • Assists members in developing cost effective, appropriate health care plans through optimizing the member's personal resources as well as community and Kaiser Permanente resources and programs.

  • Promotes multi-disciplinary care that is patient-centered and considers all aspects of members' personal, psychological, economic, and cultural needs.

  • Maintains thorough knowledge of Kaiser Permanente services/benefits, public/private community resources, as well as federal/state laws which effect health care planning.

  • Completes required documentation of services and Social Work plan of care per department policy.

  • Participates in program development, orientation, and educational activities which further members' capacity to better direct their own health care experience.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum one (1) year of Social Work experience in a hospital, medical outpatient clinic, home health/hospice, or long-term care setting -OR- successful completion of the Kaiser Permanente NW Social Worker Internship program.

  • Minimum three (3) years of additional experience in a related environment.

  • Education

  • N/A

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • Current Oregon AND Washington unrestricted license required (Oregon LCSW, LMSW, CSWA; Washington LASW, CSWA, LCSW, LICSW, LSWAIC). License in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer, application for license in secondary state required within 2 weeks of hire/transfer and must be obtained within 6 months.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required within 90 days of hire/transfer.

  • National Provider Identifier (NPI) required prior to employment start date.

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to work effectively on a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum three (3) years of professional Social Work experience in a hospital, medical outpatient clinic, home health/hospice, or long-term care setting.

  • LCSW

  • Working knowledge of KPNW services and benefits

  • Expertise with short term counseling interventions.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership to a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Advanced knowledge of local and national resources related to health care.
  • Primary Location: Oregon,Clackamas,Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center Scheduled Weekly Hours: 1 Shift: Variable Workdays: Variable Working Hours Start: 11:00 AM Working Hours End: 11:59 PM Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: W05|AFT|Local 5017 Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: Sunnyside Medical Center - UR-Discharge Planning - 1001 Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.