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Keck Medicine of USC includes the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the region’s first medical school; the renowned USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the first comprehensive cancer centers established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States; the USC Care Medical Group, a medical faculty practice; the Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes two acute care hospitals: 401-licensed bed Keck Hospital of USC and 60-licensed bed USC Norris Cancer Hospital; and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158-licensed bed community hospital. It also includes more than 40 outpatient facilities, some at affiliated hospitals, in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare and Ventura counties.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Keck Medical Center of USC among the Top 10 hospitals in the state and among the Top 50 hospitals in the United States in seven specialties: ophthalmology, urology, cancer, geriatrics, orthopedic surgery, nephrology and cardiology and heart surgery.

Occupational Therapist - Occupational Therapy - Per Diem 8 Hour Days

Verdugo Hills Hospital - Occupational Therapy Hospital Glendale, California

Statement of Purpose:

To develop and implement occupational therapy services and direct patient care in coordination with the interdisciplinary team and in compliance with organizational goals and appropriate regulatory agencies.

Under the supervision of the Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, provides occupational therapy care to neonate/newborn, infant, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients with various diagnoses.  Major duties include patient evaluation and treatment planning for effective patient outcomes , problem resolution, patient care documentation,   attendance at patient care related meetings, delegation of duties to support personnel, participation as a member of a team, maintenance of an appropriate level of productivity, participation in performance improvement activities. Must demonstrate knowledge of current practice in the field of Occupational Therapy, effective verbal and written communication skills, and mature and sound judgment.   May serve as a clinical instructor for Level I and Level II Occupational Therapy interns.


Job Summary:
• Interprets the diagnosis, evaluates the patient and develops the appropriate goals and treatment with the patient. Observes precautions and contraindications appropriate for the patient. Uses knowledge of cultural diversity and assesses patients regarding their ability and readiness to learn new information.
• Administers the occupational therapy treatment which may include but is not limited by the following list:
• Hot packs, Jobst pump, electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercise, adaptive equipment training, ADL training, instruction in home programs and therapeutic functional activities.
• Maintains the patients rights (for privacy, informed consent, confidentiality, right to refuse treatments, etc. as outlined in the Patient’s Rights Policy).
• Maintains the patient’s safety, utilizing safety equipment as is appropriate.
• Continuously evaluates treatments and its effects; changes and adjusts the treatment as needed to achieve maximum patient benefit.
• Maintains a clean and safe working environment.
• Works with the team to promote the highest quality patient care possible.
• Provides periodic patient status reports to the physician recommending treatment changes as appropriate.
• Is responsible for maintaining a current knowledge base for theneonate/newborn, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient population; reviews current literature as well as attends available and appropriate inservice education opportunities offered by the hospital and PMR. Other continuing education courses are also recommended.
• Provides direct supervision for Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides.
• Maintains accurate documentation appropriate to the patient treatment in a timely manner which complies with department policy, JCAHO and Title 22 standards as well as any other applicable regulations.
• Assists with other hospital departments (Nursing, Patient and Family Services, etc) as needed for appropriate patient discharge.
• Maintains standards as set down by the American Occupational Therapy Association regarding treatment procedures and professional ethics.
• Adheres to all hospital and departmental policies and procedures, including annual updates of emergency procedures and obtaining annual TB test provided by USC VHH.


The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education:
- Graduation from an Occupational Therapy curriculum with B.S. , M.A. or O.T.D. from a school approved by the council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
- Continuing education courses taken with an emphasis on a particular specialty area is recommended. Specialty Certification is desired. Education will include aspects of care related to the neonatal, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric population.

Minimum Experience:
-A minimum of five years of experience in Occupational Therapy in Acute Care setting with NICU experience preferred, and experience in Transitional Care Unit/SNF, Acute Rehab Unit or Outpatient settings.

Ability:
- Effective oral and written communication skills to work with patients, families, physicians and other personnel.
- Teaching skills to provide education for Occupational Therapy Interns as well as to educate other staff members and patients.
- Performs effective evaluation and treatment techniques along with developing treatment plans to meet therapy and patient goals.
- Capable of team leadership and developing new programs for the PMR department and the hospital as a whole.
- Capable of handling a high-volume patient caseload.

Knowledge:
- Must understand and utilize the theories behind Occupational Therapy at a specialty level of skill, including physical disabilities and psychosocial impairment.
- Must understand theory, precautions and contraindications for all OT equipment and procedures and their effects on the neonatal, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.
- Must have knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and psychosocial issues in order to assess the effects of treatment on body function and structures for the neonatal, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.
- Must understand concepts of isolation, sterile technique and the applications within physical medicine.
- Must understand required policies and procedures for PMR, Occupational Therapy and the hospital in general.
- Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of professional practice standards.

Minimum Field of Expertise:
- Current California license to practice Occupational Therapy.
- Membership in the American Occupational Therapy Association is recommended.
- Current certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
- Annual certification in BLS.

As part of Keck Medicine of USC, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is the only community hospital in the Foothills area of Los Angeles backed by an academic medical center. With its 40-year legacy of personalized care from expert physicians, experience nurses and a dedicated staff the community has come to know and trust, USC–VHH brings patients the latest medical advancements and 24/7 emergency services. Join this world-class team providing highly-specialized care, up-to-the-minute research and innovative clinical trials.


REQ20072828 Posted Date: 04/19/2019

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