Lead Physical Therapist
Administers and directs administration of physical agents utilized in the short and long term rehabilitation of in and out-patients (orthopedic, neurological, pulmonary, obstetrical, cardiac, medical and surgical) referred by staff physicians, house officers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, courtesy staff physicians, podiatrists, dentists, and osteopaths; acts as a clinical specialist/committee chair/program coordinator.
- Prepares and supervises aides in the preparation of patients for treatment via proper draping and positioning.
- Evaluates patient’s emotional and physical condition; explains treatment to patient/family/others; performs MMT and ROM along with any other tests needed.
- Applies or supervises aides in application agents such as; TENS, Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, Hot Packs, Paraffin, HVGS, Cervical and Lumbar Traction, Whirlpool, Massage Biodex, etc…
- Evaluate and treats patients with cardiac and respiratory problems or a potential for same, as required, using various techniques and modalities as indicated, carries out instruction in deep breathing exercises, coughing, huffing, ADL, pre-op teaching; performs ROM, conditioning, relaxation, and strengthening exercises; does evaluation with maintenance or corrective exercises; assists with progressive ambulation and performs facial and mouth exercise as needed.
- Evaluates patients during treatment to determine effectiveness and safety; reports to and recommends changes to physicians if indicated; discusses or clarifies order with referring physician; discusses problems with other staff members for input and ideas.
- Instructs patients/family/others as indicated in treatment goals, home programs, and in-hospital self exercise.
- Maintains records pertinent to patient evaluations and treatment; follows set guideline for evaluation and record keeping.
- Participates in quarterly rotation (i.e. impatient orthopedics, outpatient orthopedics, inpatient general med-surg, inpatient neurology, inpatient cardiac, outpatient cardiac).
- Follows department policies and procedures; maintains a high level of safety for patients and property.
- Assists in the orientation and training of new PT employees in their specialty area.
- Assists, directs and instructs ancillary and other personnel as necessary.
- Studies current trends and new development in physical medicine physical medicine by survey of literature, attendance at professional meetings and conferences, and participation in department in-services.
- Participates in the training of physical therapy students from AOTA approved programs.
- Participates in the TQM/CQI process through audits, peer review, CareMapping, and other Quality Council approved activities.
- Maintains standards set down by the AOTA regarding treatment procedure and professional ethics.
- Participates in the development of new programs and clinical services.
- Begins to develop knowledge based in the area of expertise, acting as a resources person and liaison between interdisciplinary staff and therapists, participating in multidisciplinary meetings.
- Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.
- Commits to recognize and respect cultural diversity for all customers (internal and external).
- Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages, utilizing interpreters when needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned including being the lead PT of the team. Reporting to manager and communicating to team of new processes, policies, ect
Knowledge and Skills:
- Meets or exceeds performance standards for a minimum of two years at PT Level I at SEMC or the equivalent.
- Meets basic competency level of two clinical rotations
- Strong orientation to patient care in accordance with the medical center’s values, particularly the holistic approach to healing.
- Ability to deal with stress due to a fast paced and growing environment.
- Ability to manage within a flexible schedule.
- Ability to work independently with sound decision making skills.
- Demonstrate beginning supervisory skills.
- Education: Graduate of an APTA accredited program. Bachelor of Science Degree and/or Certificate in Physical Therapy.
- Experience (Type & Length):
- Certification/Licensure: Massachusetts licensed or license eligible. Current CPR certification. Training in continuing education annually.
About Steward Health Care
Nearly a decade ago, Steward Health Care System emerged as a different kind of health care company designed to usher in a new era of wellness. One that provides our patients better, more proactive care at a sustainable cost, our providers unrivaled coordination of care, and our communities greater prosperity and stability.
As the country's largest physician-led, minority-owned, integrated health care system, our doctors can be certain that we share their interests and those of their patients. Together we are on a mission to revolutionize the way health care is delivered - creating healthier lives, thriving communities and a better world.
Steward is among the nation’s largest and most successful accountable care organizations (ACO), with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 health care professionals who care for 12.3 million patients a year through a closely integrated network of hospitals, multispecialty medical groups, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and behavioral health centers.
Based in Dallas, Steward currently operates 33 hospitals across Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Steward Health Care is proud to be a minority, physician owned organization. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are at the foundation of the care we provide, the community services we support and all our employment practices. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.