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Howard University Hospital - Careers
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PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Location: Washington , DC
Openings: 1
Salary Range: Compensurate with experience
Grade
Status Full-Time
Department Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Howard University Hospital (HUH) is a private, non- profit institution recognized for its ground breaking research and teaching programs. HUH has a rich tradition of leadership and service dating back to 1862. Over the course of its 145 year history of providing the finest primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services, HUH has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and designated a DC Level 1 Trauma Center.

BENEFITS OFFERED: Competitive pay, 403-B Savings (Howard contributes a sum equal to 6% of your pay from your date of hire. Howard matches the first 2% of pay you save dollar for dollar. Both Howard’s contributions and the contributions that you make to the plan are yours, and you are immediately vested 100%. Comprehensive medical and dental plans Prescription Drug Benefits. Discount on optical wear at the HUH Optical Shop, Pet Insurance, Wellness Rewards Program, Tuition remission for employees and dependents, Low-cost onsite parking, SmartTrip Commuter Transit and Parking Benefits, and much, much more!!!

BASIC FUNCTION:

Basic functions include performing evaluations/assessments of referred patients for physical therapy, formulating and implementing treatment plans according to departmental protocol.

DIMENSIONS:

Indeterminate.

 

NATURE AND SCOPE:

Interacts with immediate staff members, physicians, patients and their families, other healthcare providers, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.

 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Gathers information necessary to properly evaluate and treat referred patients. Performs complete initial Physical Therapy evaluation on patients referred by physicians or departmental protocol.

Develops and implements treatment plans and programs for patients based on diagnostic and prognostic neuro-muscular assessment.

Develops treatment plans and programs for patients including long term and short term goals. Obtains approval from referring physicians prior to commencing treatment.

Provides information to the medical staff and other health personnel which may cause required modifications of treatment prescriptions and/or plans and goals.

Participates in departmental patient care conferences. Administers and monitors a variety of modalities of treatment (i.e. whirlpools, diathermies, hydro-collators, ultrasound, manual and electrical muscle and nerve testing and stimulation).

Presents patients with recommendations for equipment and/or assistive devices and instructs patients/families in the use and maintenance of adaptive appliances.

Coordinates home programs and referrals for community services through social services and/or the manager of Physical Therapy.

Maintains appropriate records on all patients, noting prescription of therapy, patient problems, patients’ reactions to treatment, treatment plans, goals and other necessary observation relative to the treatment process.

Reports patient progress in divisional staff meeting, patient rounds and specialty rounds. Obtains supplemental information to modify treatment and/or make referrals to other appropriate disciplines.

Participates in quality assessment programs/activities and in-service continuing education programs. Ensures the safety of patients and staff in the therapeutic environment.

Provides supervision to, assistants, aides and volunteers. Achieves appropriate Hospital performance, quality, and productivity standards as established.

Participates in community educational activities or service programs regarding issues of Physical Therapy as required.

Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.

Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training. Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.

Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities. Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.

Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff. Provides and assures patient centered, cost efficient, safe, culturally competent, linguistically sensitive and quality care by adhering to evidence based practice.

Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area. 

The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES:

Ability to establish treatment priorities and exercise independent and ethical judgment in execution of therapeutic programs and plans of care.

Ability to assess patients with a variety of maladies.

Ability to adapt standard Physical Therapy techniques to the needs of special populations.

Must possess good physical health and manual dexterity sufficient for performing standard Physical Therapy procedures and handling equipment.

Knowledge of clinical and fiscal data collection and reporting. Competence in both oral and written English.

Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.

 

CARES CRITERIA

Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.

Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.

Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner. 

The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.

Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.

Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.



Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from an institution accredited to the Committee on Accreditation in Education, American Physical Therapy Association. Completion of a clinical internship in Physical Therapy. Licensure to practice in the District of Columbia.  Maintains active American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification. Special expertise in management of a specialized type of disability, e.g. cardiovascular, neurological, etc is desirable.

 

Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (71-75lbs), climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, file, speak, hear, see, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.

 

Note:

This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.

 


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