Physical Therapist Advanced Clinician, Inpatient Seating Clinic

Full Time, Clinical

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital opened in 1958 as the first free-standing rehabilitation hospital in Philadelphia. The Hospital has over 600 employees and is nationally recognized for outstanding programs in physical and cognitive rehabilitation, with comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury. Magee serves as the federally designated Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley. Only 14 such centers exist in the country. Magee is a founding member of The Christopher Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network, which provides state of the art rehabilitation therapy.

Summary:

Magee is seeking a PT Inpatient Seating Clinic Advanced Clinician to provide both clinical treatment of patients, as well as, clinical mentoring of staff therapists.  This role is integral to providing expert clinical services to people who are inpatient at the main hospital.  This employee will uphold the mission, vision, and values of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

Essential Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the postural evaluation/re-evaluation, fitting of equipment, and documentation of patients seen while inpatient at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • Assists Therapy Managers and Supervisors with staff OT and PT clinical mentoring. Provides performance appraisal information to Therapy Managers and Supervisors regarding clinical competency, carryover of recommendations and interpersonal skills of team members.
  • Assists Therapy Managers and Supervisors on all floors with OT and PT clinical mentoring, specifically for seating, positioning, wheelchair prescription, and equipment problem solving.
  • May participate in clinical educational programs. Provides daily, in-clinic guidance and skill demonstration for staff members.  Coordinates and teaches a variety of interdisciplinary clinics, rounds, and/or classes within specialty area.  Provides suggestions to Therapy Managers and Supervisors regarding staff development. 
  • Assists primary OT and PT with initial evaluations of new patients including: perform postural evaluation and set up optimal seating in first wheelchair within 72 hours; complete pressure mapping when appropriate; complete Smartwheel evaluations when appropriate
  • Provides ongoing guidance to primary OT and PT to optimize seating and wheelchair trial process for inpatients (goal of completing efficient equipment trials sooner and submitting permanent specifications and letters of medical necessity sooner)
  • Ensures patients are set up safely with each trial wheelchair
  • Assists primary PT with completing loaner wheelchair specifications at least 3 weeks prior to discharge
  • Assists primary PT with completing permanent manual wheelchair specifications and LMN at least 2 weeks prior to discharge
  • Completes fittings with outpatients (for patients who ordered wheelchairs while inpatient
  • Collaborates with most commonly used vendors to coordinate weekly inpatient clinic days
  • Collaborates closely with staff in Follow Up equipment outpatient clinic to ensure consistency between inpatient and outpatient environments for staff and patients
  • Participates in weekly skintegrity and surgical rounds on each floor in hospital-wide interdisciplinary wound teams and in daily PIAG
  • Completes appeal letters for denials received within 7 days of receipt
  • Maintains current level of understanding and working knowledge of CMS regulatory guidelines and update staff so all standards are current
  • Facilitates Smartwheel assessments with all appropriate patients
  • Facilitates loaner equipment order and problem solving to minimize last minute issues close to discharge date
  • Attends annual RESNA conference and International Seating Symposium
  • Completes at least one abstract annually for poster or platform presentation at national conference (APTA, AOTA, ASIA, RESNA, International Seating Symposium, etc.)
  • Maintains current stock of trial manual and power wheelchairs and seating equipment for patients to trial, communicate closely with manufacturing reps to obtain demos to trial, assist leaders with annual Capital budget ordering
  • Assists with staff education (OT, PT, CM, therapy aides, new staff orientation; provide education during April and October seating month agendas, provide at least 2 clinical skills annually regarding new equipment/LMN changes, provide at least one therapy staff in-service annually)
  • Actively participates on at least one hospital-wide initiative annually (i.e. Innovation team, BEST, etc)
  • Trouble shoots (phone calls, vendor questions, facilitate communication between CM, PT, OT, equipment office, vendor, insurance)
  • Timely interdisciplinary communication (i.e. responding to e-mails within 24 hours)
  • Provides up to 25% direct patient care responsibilities in traditional OT or PT treatment sessions including week day and weekend coverage (i.e. coverage, but not carrying own caseload)
  • Weekend and holiday requirements
  • Must be able to stand, walk, stoop, and lift in order to effectively treat patients.
  • Must be able to exert 50 pounds of force while lifting patients and/or devices or have reasonable accommodations.
  • Must be able to have sufficient standing balance to guard ambulatory patients.

Other Accountabilities:

  • Acts as the Physical Therapy clinical expert and mentor in the specialty area and as such, is responsible for ensuring that treatment techniques, equipment, staff education and performance, patient programs, and other resources are current and state of the art.
  • Represents specialty area and acts as a consultant to medical staff, patients, hospital personnel, general public/community, insurance representatives and case managers, and equipment specialists. Assumes responsibility for upgrading knowledge and applies information to the job situation.
  • Provides discipline and program specific orientation for new staff and students, when applicable. Demonstrates familiarity and is able to direct others in hospital emergency plans, program, and discipline specific policies and procedures.
  • Takes the initiative to develop and implement projects and programs with Program Director, Director of Therapy, and Therapy Manager. Attends all meetings relevant to the programmatic specialty.  Assists with development of policy and procedures and protocols.
  • May participate in clinical research, publication, and/or presentations.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrates advanced clinical skills, knowledge, and competency in specialty area.
  • Possesses work skills, including effective communication, organization, initiative, interpersonal relations, and flexibility.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Doctorate from an accredited Physical Therapy program.

 Licensures & Certifications:  Valid Pennsylvania license in Physical Therapy.  Must be suction certified.  Must be ATP certified or actively working toward ATP certification with goal of attaining ATP certification status within one year of being in the position. 

Experience:     At least three years clinical experience in inpatient and/or outpatient neurorehabilition.  At least two years of experience in the clinical supervision and/or direct mentoring of Occupational or Physical therapy staff and students required. 

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Mail, Email or fax your resume to:
Human Resources
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
1513 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Employment@Mageerehab.org
Fax Number: (215) 587-9471