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Lahey Health Oncology Social Worker in Winchester, Massachusetts

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Welcome to Winchester Hospital, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Winchester Hospital was the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. It has since received the recognition a fourth time. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery.

About the Job

JOB SUMMARY: Contributes to the Hospital’s mission by providing social work services to our Oncology patients and their families, addressing the psycho-social issues associated with oncology diagnosis and treatments and assisting them in financial issues related to their treatment. This professional licensed position will have an impact on patient satisfaction by reducing the stress caused by the financial pressures of oncology treatments which also improves compliance with their treatment plan. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to improve the patient’s clinical outcomes.



Required: Masters Degree in social work


Required: At least five (5) years as a medical social worker

Preferred: Oncology

Other Skills/Knowledge:


· For safety and quality reasons, must be able to read, write and communicate

effectively in English with patients, visitors and fellow members of the hospital team.

· Computer skills



· State of Massachusetts Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

· Become certified by the Board of Oncology Social Workers within two (2) years of hire.


POPULATION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Adolescent, Adult, and Geriatric


Professional Commitment Requirements: Keep abreast of developments in the field and/or licensure through continuing education, participation in professional organizations or a combination of both.

On-call: N/A

Schedule requirements: N/A

Travel requirements: N/A


· Reports to the Director of Cancer Center

· Not responsible for supervising the work of others

As part of the Cancer program team, this position:

  • Utilizes the case management process to provide quality and safe patient care by identifying the specific needs of the patient and developing the plan of care.

  • Establishes a therapeutic relationship with the patient, the patient's family and significant others by involving them in each step of the care coordination process and accommodates factors that may influence the plan of care.

· Collaborates with the multi-disciplinary healthcare team regarding the patient’s plan of care to promote the best possible outcomes and patient/family experience.

· Addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs.

· Performs all required documentation accurately, legibly and timely.

· Appropriately follows the chain of command and adheres to hospital policies and procedures.

· Greets new patients and their family members, educating them on the oncology plan of care. Rounds with patients regularly to assess their status and answer their questions. Reviews care plans to verify the required insurance approvals have been received.

· Documents and develops the psycho-social plan of care as an intricate part of the Oncology plan of care.

· Collaborates with other healthcare facilities/organizations and other vendors to assist patients and patient families in setting up services to assist the patient financially, with transportation and to the next level of care.

· Contacts insurance companies to obtain authorizations for oncology-related services and next level of care.

· Assists patients in accessing other financial resources including but not limited to charitable organizations, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies.

· Completes a psycho-social assessment on each patient to guide the plan of care and to communicate to the multi-disciplinary team pertinent issues to consider.

· Networks patients to other patients and resources. Creates and facilitates support group meetings realizing that patient outcomes improve when they know they are not alone in their issues and oncology related challenges.


40 hours

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is an integrated system providing patients with better care wherever they are. Care informed by world-class research and education. We are doctors and nurses, technicians and social workers, innovators and educators, and so many others. All with a shared vision for what healthcare can and should be. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities in which we work and serve. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels and offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.

REQNUMBER: 163235-1A