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Occupational Therapist – Home Health
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.
This position is based in the Home Health Department with a primary focus on providing general Occupational Therapy (PT) evaluations and treatments which impact patient’s functional abilities. Care is delivered primarily in the patient’s home. A Criminal background check compliant with the State Department of Health and Human Services regulations is required for this position. Occupational 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 Occupational Therapy and the national professional guidelines established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Occupational therapists are health care professionals responsible and accountable for patient assessment, evaluation, establishing a plan of care and theraputic interventions for a wide range of ages with widely varying diagnosis and skills needs who present with a full spectrum of movement abilities, dysfunctions and complexities. The clinician needs to be able to inform clinical teams regarding decisions that involve occupational therapy while taking in consideration consultation provided by other care providers. As patients are seen, recommendations may be made regarding their level of independence and rehabilitation needs which may impact services, care placement and further treatment. The incumbent shall also demonstrate accountability for the contribution to program development, quality improvement, problem solving, and productivity enhancement in a flexible interdisciplinary fashion. Documenting and processing interventions appropriately must be followed for continuity of care and reimbursement for services. The position requires occasional travel off site and out of town to provide services outside of MEH.
EDUCATION REQUIRED AND/OR PREFERRED
• Entry level qualifying masters or doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited program or graduate from an APTA approved program of Occupational 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 an Occupational Therapist.
• Current Basic Life Support certification.
• Valid Driver’s license.
• Acute care hospital and clinical out-patient experience preferred.
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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