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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Occupational Therapist (Inpatient, Per Diem) in Needham, Massachusetts

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Occupational Therapist (Inpatient, Per Diem)

Department Description:Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID Needham) is a licensed 58–bed acute care hospital offering the same care as our direct affiliate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in your community.

This close affiliation with BIDMC, since 2000, has facilitated the clinical integration of staff and resources in emergency medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, orthopaedics, general surgery, pathology and oncology. Physicians in Needham maintain very close relationships with the staff at BIDMC; so in cases where patients need to be transferred from Needham to Boston for more advanced care, there are systems in place to make that transition happen quickly.

Job Location:Needham, MA

Req ID:39328BR

Job Summary:Organizes and conducts an Occupational Therapy program upon referral from a physician to facilitate rehabilitation of the physically handicapped or injured person with a focus on Upper Extremity/Hand. Educates patients, families, students and the community in the Occupational Therapy practice. Participates as a team member in the day to day operations of the department.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates patients, establishes goals and implements treatment program per department's procedures and standards of care in a supportive and caring environment.

  • Appropriately assesses and manages pain in accordance with the established guidelines.

  • Demonstrates the knowledge/skill necessary to provide care appropriate ranging in age from infant to elder

  • Instructs patients and families in Occupational therapy procedures as part of a patient's on going program as needed.

  • Adequately plans for patient's discharge involving other pertinent team members, when appropriate.

  • Records and reports patient's progress for review by members of Rehabilitation team and other third parties and meets all regulatory requirements. Written documentation includes date, time and is legible.

  • Ensures referrals, certifications and re-certifications are accurate and up to date.

  • Works collaboratively with Program coordinator to assure approval is in place.

  • Has knowledge and awareness of insurance rules-tracks visit and approval end dates in a method that allows them to manage caseload and seek extensions as needed. Works collaboratively with front desk staff on getting extensions and avoiding denials.

  • Prepares on a daily basis patient statistics and changes.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy required.

  • License Occupational Therapist License required.

  • 0-1 years related work experience required in Occupational Therapy.

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification in Hand Therapy.

  • One year of specialization in Hand Therapy.


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.

  • Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.

  • Written Communications:Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Age based Competencies:

Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Neonatal:Birth to 6 months, Youth: 6 months to 16 years, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Heavy work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or 50 pounds of force frequently. Work is physically demanding and requires extended periods of standing and/or moving.