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Social Worker. Job in Vernon Care Jobs

Vernon, Illinois
Job Type
Full Time
19 Jun 2022


In 2021, Optum and SSM Health announced a new strategic collaboration to create a sustainable, affordable, quality system of care that is easy to access and keeps people healthy. Through knowledge sharing, best-in-class tools, and technology, and enhanced clinical and operational performance, together Optum and SSM Health will focus on transforming health care for all. Whether you work with us in providing direct patient care, serving a meal, or helping patients in countless other ways, you will be playing a role in transforming health care through compassion and healing. Bring your unique talents to a team that will empower you to do your best as you take on a rewarding role that leads to your life's best work. (sm)

The Social Worker is responsible and accountable for coordination of patient services through an interdisciplinary process, which provides clinical and psychosocial approach through continuum of care. Discharge planning will begin at the time of (or prior to) admission, and reassessed ongoing throughout the course of hospitalization.

Provides direct social work/case management services to patients and/or families and hospital staff to ensure needed assessment intervention, support, and referral. Coordinates services with other members of the health care team community wide. Respond to information and referral needs of the community.

The foundation of the Social Worker role includes crisis intervention, comprehensive understanding of mental health diagnosis, brief counseling, working collaboratively with community vendors, identifying resource needs, arrange and facilitate meetings with the health care team as needed, problem solving and encouraging patients toward wellness.

Schedule: This position is Full time (40 hours/week) Monday - Friday. Employees are required to have flexibility to work any of our 8-hour shift schedules during our normal business hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm CST. It may be necessary, given the business need, to work occasional overtime.

Location: Our office is located at 1 Good Samaritan Way, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates patient care processes to achieve desired quality outcomes and identifies/controls appropriate resource utilization

  • Provide skilled interventions for: patient/family support and/or resolution of patient/family crises; facilitating problem-solving/decision-making; advocacy and facilitation necessitated by life-changing events (new diagnosis, abuse, loss of independence, bereavement); and mediation of risk factors and various psychosocial issues

  • The Social Worker will be responsible for integrating the assessment of the need for post-hospital services and determination of an appropriate discharge plan for all Skilled Nursing Facility, Home Care, and some LTAC cases

  • Educates patient/family as to options/choices within the level of care determined to be appropriate. Initiates all necessary paperwork

  • Facilitates completion of orders and timely discharge of patients, Continuum of Care planning will emphasize education and collaboration with physicians, family members, nursing staff, therapist, and case managers from contracted payors when appropriate to determine discharge plan that will be of maximum benefit to the patient. Involve staff from next level of care in the treatment plan as early as possible to promote continuity and collaboration

  • Reports all relevant information to the staff assuming responsibility in the next level of care

  • Interface with department directors, Risk Management, and patient representatives to identify potential QA or risk issues. Perform any necessary investigation, documentation and follow-up as required

  • Participates in departmental SQI projects

  • Must be able to functionally coordinate and discharge plan for all age groups, including but not limited to the unborn child through geriatric age groups

  • Is familiar with and expected to comply with all regulatory requirements, including CMS and Joint Commission Standards

What are the reasons to consider working for UnitedHealth Group? Put it all together - competitive base pay, a full and comprehensive benefit program, performance rewards, and a management team who demonstrates their commitment to your success. Some of our offerings include:

  • Paid Time Off which you start to accrue with your first pay period plus 8 Paid Holidays

  • Medical Plan options along with participation in a Health Spending Account or a Health Saving account

  • Dental, Vision, Life& AD&D Insurance along with Short-term disability and Long-Term Disability coverage

  • 401(k) Savings Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • Education Reimbursement

  • Employee Discounts

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Employee Referral Bonus Program

  • Voluntary Benefits (pet insurance, legal insurance, LTC Insurance, etc.)

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You'll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Social Work

  • IL Social Work License

  • Ability to work onsite in Mount Vernon, IL

  • Ability to work any of our 8-hour shift schedules during our normal business hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm CST. It may be necessary, given the business need, to work occasional overtime

  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state, and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree (or higher) in Social Work

  • 2+ years of experience in a healthcare environment

  • IL License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • BLS certification

  • Clinical knowledge of the Labor and Delivery, Pediatric and Neonatal, Medical Surgical, and/or Oncology patients

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment

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*PLEASE NOTE* The sign on bonus is only available to external candidates. Candidates who are currently working for a UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare or related entity in a full time, part time, or per diem basis ("Internal Candidates") are not eligible to receive a sign on bonus.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug - free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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  • Job Reference: 630219621-2
  • Date Posted: 19 June 2022
  • Employer: UnitedHealth Group
  • Location: Vernon, Illinois
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Other, Social Worker
  • Job Type: Full Time