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Mercy Medical Center Clinton Physical Therapist in Brightside - West Springfield, Massachusetts

Employment Type:

Full time


Day Shift


Mercy LIFE, a member of Trinity Health PACE, is seeking a Physical Therapist, to work full-time status, for its location in W. Springfield, MA. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible.

PACE serves individuals who are age 55 or older, certified by their state to need nursing home care, able to live safely in the community at the time of enrollment and live in a PACE service area. While all PACE participants must be certified to need nursing home care to enroll in PACE, only about 7 percent of PACE participants nationally reside in a nursing home. If a PACE enrollee needs nursing home care, the PACE program pays for it and continues to coordinate the enrollee's care. We encourage fellowship and independence while serving seniors and their families with dignity and respect. Delivering all needed medical and supportive services, PACE is able to provide the entire continuum of care and services to seniors with chronic needs while maintaining their independence in their home for as long as possible.

JOB Description

Under the direction and supervision of the Center Director, provides physical therapy services to participants of Mercy Life. Participates in case conferences, interdisciplinary team meetings and in-service programs as required.

General responsibilities will include:

Conducts an in person comprehensive physical therapy assessment on all PACE participants upon enrollment. Coordinates with the interdisciplinary team to develop a comprehensive plan of care for each participant. Conducts physical therapy reassessments annually and as needed.

Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Maintains regular attendance at, and participates in the interdisciplinary team meetings; communicates participant changes, collaborates on care planning decisions and coordination of 24 hour care delivery. Actively participates in the Intake and Assessment meetings.

Evaluates participants to determine and assure appropriate prescription, needs, goals, history, complications, and precautions. Follows up with participant during treatment, explaining precautions to take. Discusses condition and treatment plans and recommends solutions to participant’s care problems with the interdisciplinary team.

Assesses the need for adaptive durable medical equipment, specialized shoes and prosthesis. Assess participant’s home for safety and mobility. Recommends home modifications and or equipment. Plans physical therapy treatment programs according to recognized standards and policies.

Administers physical therapy treatment programs consistent in achieving identified goals and according to recognized standards and policies. Confers with interdisciplinary team on participant care issues.

Documents evaluation, assessment, plan and treatment rendered accurately and in timely fashion and according to established policy. Measures effectiveness of treatment, documents and revises plan accordingly. Completes necessary documentation and statistics accurately and in a timely fashion.

Educates and instructs participants/family in procedures, home programs and documents participant understanding.

Directs, supervises, and performs initial and annual competencies, and evaluates the performance of up to two licensed Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs). Reviews and cosigns contemporaneously entries of the PTA into the participant medical record. Reviews the plan of care with the PTA before the PTA provides care.

Trains PACE staff in body mechanics, use of equipment, transfers, gait patterns, and methods to maximize safety and functional abilities in performing activities of daily living (ADL’s). Performs initial and annual competencies on appropriate direct care staff as needed.

Contributes to quality assurance activities as assigned.

Maintains high standards of business and ethical conduct in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations including fraud, abuse and waste. Avoids activities, which could result in perceived or actual conflicts of interest. Maintains required licenses and certifications.

Maintains and submits documentation as required by Mercy LIFE. Maintains confidentiality regarding participants, health care staff and documentation.

Candidates will have:

  • Education: Work requires the knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts normally acquired through the completion of an accredited program in Physical Therapy.

  • Certification/License: Licensed by the State of Massachusetts as outlined in Mass. General Law 666.

  • Minimum of two years’ experience as a physical therapist, one (1) year working with the frail or elderly preferred.

  • Bilingual (Spanish speaking) preferred.

  • Ability to function with minimal supervision and ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment. Demonstrates sensitivity to the unique needs of patients and families experiencing a serious or terminal illness.

Trinity Health's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health employs about 133,000 colleagues at dozens of hospitals and hundreds of health centers in 22 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Trinity Health's dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.

Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of $24.7 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians.

Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit at . You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.