We have two Hospital Social Workers. One Social Worker provides services throughout the hospital to all patients with mental health or addictions concerns and their families. The other Social Worker provides services to all medical inpatients and their families. Hospital Social Workers are members of the health care team who are trained to assist individuals and families to deal with life changes, concerns, or crises related to health/illness.
Our commitment is to practice with integrity and compassion, to believe in the dignity and worth of every person, and to have respect for individual differences based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, class and physical ability.
We work with in-patients, family members, physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team to address the following concerns:
- Impact of illness/changes and adjustments
- The hospital experience
- Personal/relationship difficulties
- Managing at home
What we provide
Counseling and consultation services provided to in-patients and their families include:
- Advocacy services
- Crisis counseling
- Patient/family education
- Liaison with health care team in hospital and the community (i.e. Home Care)
- Grief and bereavement counseling (i.e. loss of a loved one, diagnosis of a terminal illness)
- Resource counseling (i.e. referral and liaison with community based agencies/groups)
- Assistance with practical information (i.e. financial or housing resources)
- Discharge planning and coordination
- Continuing care placement options
The Hospital Social Worker is an employee of the hospital and provides services at no cost to the in-patient and/or their family members during the hospital stay.
To Contact Social Workers
Any member of the health care team may refer you to the Hospital Social Worker, or, you may wish to request this service yourself. The Hospital Social Worker's offices are located on the second floor of the hospital.
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