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Providence Health & Services Social Worker MSW in Centralia, Washington


Providence is calling a Social Worker (1.0 FTE, 40 hours per week Variable shift ) to work in Utilization Review at Providence Centralia Hospital in Centralia, WA.

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The Medical Social Worker provides professional psychosocial assessments, counseling and discharge planning for Acute Care and the Emergency Department. The Social Worker serves as a staff and community resource and participates as a member of the healthcare team. The Medical Social Worker provides crisis intervention counseling, patient and family resource information and psychosocial support.

In this position you will:

  • Identifies patient and/or families requiring social work and/or discharge planning intervention through established case finding mechanisms. Standards:

  • Maintains contact with nursing, medical and other professional staff to facilitate referrals.

  • Uses appropriate rounds and team meetings to identify patient and families in need of services.

  • Conducts daily high-risk screening case finding.

  • Responds to physicians and other referrals within 24 working hours.

  • Prepares social worker assessment with patient and/or family's involvement. Evaluates social, emotional and discharge planning needs. Standards:

  • Interview patient and/or family to obtain necessary information on their medical, social and/or emotional/coping background using appropriate interviewing techniques.

  • Consults with healthcare team and reviews medical chart to obtain relevant information.

  • Clearly identifies with patient or family issues or concerns that are appropriate for social worker and discharge planning intervention.

  • Complete required assessment according to approved format.

  • As requested, provides pre-admission / admission evaluation with patient and family.

  • Develops specific plan to address problem and/or concerns identified in assessment, patient/family concerns, age-specific problems and clinical impressions. Standards:

  • For each problem and/or concern a clear plan for intervention is developed and incorporates age-related issues.

  • Plan demonstrates knowledge of the impact of diagnosis on psychosocial issues.

  • Patient and/or family is involved in the planning process and agree to the goals and proposed intervention.

  • Demonstrates the ability to determine current and projected case needs. Locates and implements available community resources to meet the needs.

  • Demonstrates ability to assist patient and family with nursing home placement, home health referrals, transportation, at-home equipment needs.

  • Provides direct one-on-one social work intervention to include but not limited to provide counseling, discharge planning, grief-loss issues, crisis intervention and behavioral issues. Standards:

  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate non-judgmental, in an accepting, caring and confidential manner with people of different age, cultures and values.

  • Demonstrates ability to provide supporting crisis intervention counseling for medically related psychosocial problems. Performs effectively in emergent situations, remain clam and communicating appropriately.

  • Provides crises counseling to grieving families or significant others.

  • Recognizes medical/ethical issues and uses resources appropriately, i.e., reporting child adult abuse and coordinating adoptions.

  • Demonstrates awareness of legal issues and patient's rights.

  • Assists patients and/or family identifying their own personal and interpersonal resources.

  • Develops and adjusts treatment plan specific to age and diagnosis related issues.

  • Uses a variety of techniques to assist patient and/or family to achieve maximum physical, psychological and social potential.

  • Assists patient and family to understand, accept and follow medical recommendations.

  • Completion of social work or discharge planning is communicated to patient/family and other members of the healthcare team and relevant agencies before discharge when possible. Standards:

  • Communicate relevant information to patient/family in concise and clear manner.

  • Informs healthcare team and documents information or educational needs as related to discharge planning.

  • Provides patient/family with information regarding community resources.

  • Completes activities related to patient's transfer and/or termination required by department policies and procedures, outside agencies or government regulations.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work / Arts or Bachelor's Degree in Social work or related behavioral science.

  • 2 years experience in Social service experience (with BA), or 1 year experience Social service experience (with MSW/MA).

About the hospital you will serve .

Providence Centralia Hospital in Centralia, Washington is a 127-bed, not-for-profit hospital providing emergency, diagnostic, cancer, birthing and surgical services. It consistently receives high scores on accreditation surveys by the Joint Commission, the Washington Department of Health (DOH) and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Social Work

Location: Washington-Centralia

Req ID: 301713