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Physical Therapist

at Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

Posted: 7/8/2019
Job Reference #: 610119122274
Keywords: therapist

Job Description

Title:Physical Therapist
Department:Rehabilitation Services - Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center
Job Status:Full Time

Physical Therapist


SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act as a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation.

Position Summary:

This position is based in the Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital (MEH) Physical Therapy Department (MEH – PT), with a primary focus on providing general Physical Therapy (PT) evaluations and treatments which impact patient’s functional abilities. Physical therapy is a core service provided by this healthcare organization. Performs in a professional manner, respects confidentiality, and demonstrates qualities endorsed by following the Seven Standards for Service Excellence outlined in the SEARHC Human Resources Manual. Services are to be provided in compliance with hospital standards, licensure requirements, regulatory and practice standards of Physical Therapy and the national professional guidelines established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Duty/Responsibility #1

Provides assessment, performs evaluation, identifies therapy diagnosis, formulates therapy treatment plan with goals and implements treatment of PT services to patients. Be responsible as the primary therapy provider to implement, supervise and modify a therapy plan of care based on assessment of patient response to optimize the outcome for each patient. Review clinical records and case histories. Attends care conferences, regular meetings/rounds and remains in contact with referring providers, nurses and other rehabilitation professionals to review patient’s status and individual needs with-in the health care team concept. Collaborates with other team members to assure appropriate medical equipment is arranged and care plan is established prior to discharge. Document patient encounter findings and treatments including diagnoses, treatment plan, recommendations, and prognoses in appropriate format according to hospital policies. Provides services in a timely manner after receipt of referral. Both In-patient and out-patient populations in various settings as assigned. Direct the work of support staff, students or interns. Facilitates a healthcare partnership between providers, the patients and their families. Develop, implement and conduct patient education and therapy programs based on patient and/or family needs. Provides patients and families home exercise programs to achieve the fullest rehabilitative potential. Advises patients and family members in methods that facilitate a capacity for self-care and independence, facilitating movement towards a healthcare partnership between providers, the patients and their families. Home programs are clear and concise and the provider ensures that these instructions are understood by asking for feedback and demonstration of programs by patient or caregivers. Programs are taught demonstrating sensitivity to cross cultural issues.

Duty/Responsibility #2

Assist senior staff in administrative matters, clinic operations, and speciality/research areas as appropriate. Utilize the hospital computer system to obtain patient information, as well as keep abreast of hospital directives, and in general participate in the timely and efficient flow of information. Provides summary of results, statistics and metrics as required by management. Assists acquisition and fit of durable medical equipment/devices based on needs of patient. Maintain supply stocks and clinical equipment at acceptable levels. Remain current in specific billing procedures/mechanisms (Medicare, Medicaid and third party payers) to aid in reimbursement of services, dispensable supplies, including plan of care concurrence with referring providers. Maintain cleanliness of clinical space.

Duty/Responsibility #3

Therapy services may be performed outside of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in conjunction with SEARHC Community Health Services programs and the community at large and may take place in locations including: Mt. Edgecumbe High School Student Health Clinic, SEARHC Community Clinics, community senior centers, Pioneer Home, health/job fairs, patients’ home and/or workplace, and other collaborative efforts between MEH-PT Department and the community. This may include participation with project or health promotion teams. Video conferencing may be used for patient encounters, training, and administrative duties with off site locations. Home assessments for evaluation of patient’s living arrangements, use of durable medical equipment and implementation of therapy plan in the home living environment. Occasioanl multi-day travel to remote locations by boat or small plane which may be in inclimate or harsh weather.

Duty/Responsibility #4

Educates staff on PT issues and educates patient/family with therapeutic exercises, activities and equipment. Assists in committee and management duties with-in and representing the Physical Therapy Department as requested. Provide therapy consultation, presentations, and in-service to medical staff, consultants, and other interdisciplinary health care personnel and patient populations regarding therapy services as assigned. This may include participation with project or health promotion teams. In order to keep current with knowledge of therapy procedures/techniques and improve clinical service staff will participate as a learner or teacher in clinical education, in-service, etc. Continuing educational funds will be allocated for the benefit of the department. Adheres to the regulatory and practice standards of PT set by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Follows all SEARHC confidentiality and quality assurance standards; participates in SEARHC SQM functions, utilizes SQM principles in all aspects of the job. Demonstrates sensitivity to cross cultural issues.

Duty/Responsibility #5

Performs other duties or activities as assigned.

Baseline Qualification Requirements:

  • Entry level qualifying masters or doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from a accredited program or graduate from an APTA approved program of Physical Therapy at the Baccalaureate level with 2 years proven work and Continuing Education experience that indicates applicant has mastered the knowledge base that would typically be taught in a master’s program.
  • Licensed as a Physical Therapist.
  • Current Basic Life Support certification.
  • Valid Driver’s license.
  • Acute care hospital and clinical out-patient experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of musculoskeletal physiology including active/passive range of motion, gait, strength, biomechanics and mental cognition in order to administer a variety of standardized assessments, being able to select the most appropriate test for a specific client and implement treatments accordingly.
  • Knowledge in various techniques for providing sound assessments, evaluations, treatment planning, and treatments for patients presenting various diagnosis with functional deficits among the general population.
  • Knowledge of various regulations and practice standards as they relate to PT including billing mechanisms (Medicaid, Medicare and third party payers) that may be available for patient equipment and services.
  • PT treatment skills: Skill to utilize, properly fit and train patients with adaptive devices. Including but not limited to splints, braces, orthosis, seating equipment, durable medical equipment and ADL assistive device
  • Skills in expressing self clearly and effectively in written and spoken communication, such as in both daily documentation of written reports, client progress notes, narrative summaries, as well as in training clinical and non-clinical staff; consulting with upper management, outside agencies, organizations, and subordinates; networking with other providers in the community; and proficient in public speaking.
  • Skills utilizing information technology. Proficiency with computers including multiple software applications, interface with multiple programs. Uses of new technologies such as laptops, tablets and imaging devices.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, teachers, community members and non-PT service professionals, persons of any level of understanding. Including the ability to translate complex PT service diagnoses, evaluations, and therapies into simple oral and written language that others can understand.
  • Must have the physical ability to deliver treatment techniques and assist patient mobility while keeping patients and self safe: allowing the therapist to work effectively with patients and their families for proven therapeutic progress
  • Must have the ability to exercise sound judgment in all aspects of employment such as patient care, work place safety and employee relations.

Lead Exercised:

A lead person assigns and checks work, trains and schedules subordinates on a daily basis, and performs the same or more difficult duties performed by the subordinates. A lead person is not a supervisor. In contrast, a supervisor has the responsibility and authority to hire, train, evaluate and discipline subordinates.

  • Physical Therapy Aide

Other Information

At SEARHC, we see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement. Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career.

We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

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