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Licensed Social Worker Mercy Health Lorain/Oberlin

Requisition R095812 Market Lorain, Ohio Department SS Quality - Care Management Shift Days Schedule Part-time

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The Hospital Licensed Social Worker (LSW) provides direct service to patients and their families to promote optimal psychosocial functioning, increase coping with illness, and assistance with appropriate post hospitalization care, based on age and disability. In collaboration with the Case Managers, LSWs assist patients along their continuum of care.  LSWs provide the highest quality of care at a reasonable cost, in accordance with the rules and regulations of federal, state, agency and the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics. LSWs demonstrate the philosophy, mission, and values of the hospital during all interactions with patients, families, physicians, staff, and other customers with the intent of furnishing the highest satisfaction to these individuals.

Along with the Case Manager, meets with patient and family to provide counseling and works collaboratively with the patients, family and health care team to develop a discharge plan that meets the needs of the patient.  Arranges for DME, transportation, community referrals, skilled or intermediate nursing home placement, rehab, foster care, and other discharge needs as required.

Works with community agencies to assist patients in getting all discharge needs met.

Works with insurance companies to get authorizations and precertification for post-acute services.

Assesses the patient’s ability to purchase medications, supplies and DME.  Provides resources when they are available.

Assess the psychosocial needs of the patient and discuss needs with hospital interdisciplinary teams as needed.

Meet with patients and their families to discuss barriers to discharge.

Refer to outside agencies as necessary and required by law for the safety of the patient population.

Maintain required continuing education to maintain competency in their area of work.

Responds to the Emergency Department when requested to assist with psychosocial problems and referrals to external agencies.

Act as a patient advocate to ensure the patient’s safety, rights, and dignity of life are maintained. Reports to the appropriate regulatory agency all suspected child and elder abuse.

Assesses OB patients for the following; teenage mothers or mothers suspected or known to have an alcohol or chemical dependency, adoption issues, bonding issues, children’s services referrals or other referrals as needed.

Along with the Case Manager, initiates timely discharge planning and reassesses and revises the plan as required.  Arranges for the placement of patients at an appropriate level of care in compliance to the requirements of third party payors and federal and state regulations.  Promotes patient and family choice for appropriate services such as intermediate care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, foster care, group home, drug and alcohol treatment, or other specialized programs.

This document is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job. Employees may be required to perform other job related duties as required by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation.

May additionally cover for Social Work at Mercy Allen Hospital.

Employment Qualifications

Education Qualifications - List the minimum education, training, and experience required to perform the essential functions of the position. 

Required Minimum Education:

4 year/ Bachelors Degree


Social Work

Preferred Education:

Graduate Degree (Masters)


Social Work

Licensing/ Certification - If registration, certification or licensure is required, include the name of the accrediting or licensing body.

Licensure/Certification Required:

Licensed Social Work by the State of Ohio, BCLS

Licensure/Certification Preferred:

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Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Years and Type of Experience:

One or two years’ experience in an acute care hospital, working with medical/surgical, OB and pediatric patients.  Knowledge of age specific competencies and internal and external resources available to these patients

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Ability to multitask and work in an ever-changing environment. Interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with staff physicians, insurance companies, department associates, and outside agency personnel to meet the discharge needs of the patients.

This is a PRN Position

Mercy Health is an equal opportunity employer.

We’ll also reward your hard work with:

  • Comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and vision plans
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance w/AD&D
  • An employer-matched 403(b) for those who qualify.
  • Paid time off
  • Educational Assistance
  • And much more

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


Work Shift:



SS Quality - Care Management

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. If you’d like to view a copy of the affirmative action plan or policy statement for  Mercy Health – Youngstown, Ohio or Bon Secours – Franklin, Virginia; Petersburg, Virginia; and Emporia, Virginia, which are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, please email If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact The Talent Acquisition Team at

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Luis F., RN

I wanted to get into a career where I’m happy to go to work.

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