Assesses and treats patients with physical disorders. Plans treatment program relevant to physical dysfunction. Performs appropriate Physical Therapy evaluations. Designs and implements appropriate treatment plans based on the analysis and interpretation of evaluation results. Maintains proper documentation. Reports all appropriate data to patient’s record. Serves as a resource person to other health team members. Participates in case conferences and quality assurance activities. Assists with in services, and contributes to the development of staff education and orientation programs. Responsible for personal and professional development. Participates in creating and maintaining an atmosphere which supports the SJMC Mission, Value and SPIRIT. Consistently provides positive customer service.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Consistently supports and communicates the Mission, Vision and Values of St. Joseph Medical Center.
- Follows the St. Joseph Medical Center Guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), designed to prevent or detect unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI).
- Promotes a culture of safety for patients and employees through proper identification, proper reporting, documentation and prevention of medical errors in a non-punitive environment.
- Administers patient care by developing and carrying out treatment plans, based on the integration and interpretation of evaluation findings concerning physical, functional, muscular strength, motor function and ambulation skills. In doing so, observes and interviews patients, reviews medical histories including physician’s diagnoses and prescriptions, and administers detailed sensory and manual testing.
- Determines appropriate therapeutic exercises such as gait training, functional training and muscle re-education; and administers or monitors the application of therapy.
- Establishes short and long term therapy goals and based on evaluations, formulates treatment plans consistent with goals.
- Selects from a variety of physical therapy modalities such as whirlpool, ultrasound, massage, diathermy, traction, paraffin, and prosthesis, and administers or monitors the application of treatments.
- Participates in discharge planning and physicians, nursing, and social services personnel to ensure patients have appropriate assistance and continuation of rehabilitation at home or in other care setting.
- Prepares and maintains appropriate patient records on a regular basis including evaluations progress notes, discharge summaries, and daily work sheets, communicates with other team members and ensures that documentation is charted in the patient’s record appropriately.
- Completes a manual worksheet daily on services provided for billing purposes, and enters daily charges into the computer.
- Contacts and schedules patients for appointments.
- Ensures the patient’s safety when using modalities and equipment, by inspecting equipment before use, monitoring use, and reporting any deficiencies.
- Assigns patient care duties to Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides.
- Assists with the orientation and training of new clinical staff.
- Instructs patients and families in appropriate home programs, and discusses and gives appropriate assistance to patient for the continuation of rehabilitation at home.
- Participates in activities of the department, such as in-services, hospital conferences and research projects.
- Oversees the supervision of students when they provide patient care, treatment, and services as part of their training.
18. Supportive of the compliance program set forth by SJMC and demonstrated by:
- Upholds the Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance.
- Adheres to and helps to enforce all compliance policies relevant to his/her area.
- Assures timely compliance education as requested by the Compliance Officer and/or through corporate initiatives.
- Sets an example to all staff in their daily activities.
- Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Work requires a professional level of knowledge acquired through the completion of an accredited Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate in Physical Therapy, in order to perform Physical Therapy evaluations, and design and implement treatment programs. New graduates and experienced therapists are eligible for hire.
- Current Texas License-- Physical Therapy
- Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification required.
Education & Training:
- Graduates of an accredited Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree program, Master of Physical Therapy
program (PT, MS, PT, MPT) or a Doctorate program (DPT or PhD, PT) are eligible for hire.
- One year experience preferred but new graduate will be accepted.
- Technical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills relevant to area in order to effectively communicate with physicians, health team members, patients and families.
- Ability to prioritize work with minimal supervision, in order to independently carry out the duties of the position.
- Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Additional languages preferred.
- Basic computer knowledge.
Ability to use judgment in the planning and execution of physical therapy programs and supervision of support personnel. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and physical therapy treatments in order to administer appropriate therapies. Analytical skills necessary to evaluate the patient’s physical and functional status established therapy goals, observe, and document the patient’s progress and condition.
For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, see following description.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.