Per Diem Speech Pathologist
At Central Maine Healthcare our team members are committed to providing exceptional care and experiences for our community and for each other every day.
Position Summary: The Speech/Language Pathologist diagnoses speech/language or swallowing disorders/delays; provides intervention/consultations for patients who demonstrate disorders/delays in speech, language, communication and/or swallowing. Provides treatment and instruction to patients according to acceptable principles and practices of Speech/Language Therapy. Collaborates as a member of the health care team for the provision of comprehensive patient care consistent with training and competency review, provides care to pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Follows acceptable principles/practices of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. The staff therapist participates in operational aspects of the department, maintains performance improvement activities within the department. Participates in all infection control, departmental equipment training, organizational safety and fire safety programs as needed to meet compliance.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:
1. Performs a thorough, organized and objective Speech/Language Therapy evaluation in appropriate enough depth for patient diagnosis and clinical presentation; identifies the speech and language therapy problems from the evaluation and incorporates patient potential as well as major barriers to treatment. Diagnostic assessment/ screening are to include, but are not limited to speech, language, communication, cognition and/or bedside swallowing assessments and fluroscopic swallow function studies to objectify the patient’s impairment and identify the treatment problems.
2. Develops appropriate treatment goals/plan that is based on the evaluation findings, the patient’s goals, review of the medical record, a history, the referring physician’s goal for the patient, and information gathered from the patient’s health care team.
3. Demonstrates a timely progression in the plan and an update of the plan/goals based on the patient’s response to intervention and reassessments per the policies. Demonstrates timely/correct equipment selection and appliance selection and provides guidance to the patient to obtain.
4. Demonstrates individualized treatment planning including appropriate therapy application and treatment intervention in the areas of cognitive retraining, articulation and phonology remediation, aphasia remediation, vocal hygiene, and compensatory strategies, oral motor retraining, Dysphagia diet progression, delayed language remediation, remediation/compensation for dysarthria and/or apraxia of speech,and patient/family education
5. Discusses and advises Medical Staff, patients and patient families regarding indications/contraindications for treatment, offers alternative modes of treatment and advises in the proper utilization of the service as supported by current Speech Pathology literature/research.
6. Delivers treatment in compliance with departmental policies, protocols, and per the American Speech, Language, Hearing Associations code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
7. Demonstrates ability to assess patient pain interfering with optimal level of function or participation in rehabilitation.
8. Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
9. Modifies treatment session based on accurate interpretation of patient���s response to treatment.
10. Addresses in treatment sessions, patient’s identified Speech/Language therapy goals, per the evaluation.
11. Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families.
12. Performs examinations such as swallowing examinations accurately and communicates results timely to all appropriate members of the healthcare team.
13. Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care and conducts treatment sessions to assure the safety of the therapist, support staff and the patient at all times.
14. Coordinates and directs patient care to ensure patients’ needs are met and hospital policy is followed.
• Current Maine Licensure in Speech Pathology .
• Obtain or eligible for Clinical Competence Certificate through the American Speech Language, Hearing Association.
• Current BCLS certification.
• Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
• Strong written and verbal skills
• Basic computer skills
• For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, see following description.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.
If you are passionate about making a difference and are looking for your next great career opportunity, we look forward to reviewing your application!
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Our why, our purpose, drives every decision and action we take as a healthcare system. We strive everyday to deliver exceptional care, and to improve our community. We are a non-profit organization that is breaking the traditional healthcare mold by bringing our patients and their family’s high value, low cost, and award-winning care while focusing on creating an exceptional experience for them; all within their communities. To accomplish this, we only hire individuals who are committed to excellence, who embody the principles of our CMH Experience Service Standards, and who are ready to step in and help their fellow team members achieve those exceptional results for our patients, their families, and the community.
Central Maine Healthcare System
The organization is broad in its footprint, with three (3) hospitals in Bridgton, Lewiston, and Rumford, and over 75 individual practices within our Medical Group. Lewiston’s Central Maine Medical Center is a certified and award-winning level two trauma center, along with our Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute and the upcoming highly anticipated launch of our comprehensive state of the art cancer treatment center. Both Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals are four (4) star accredited acute care hospitals, and our Medical Group and Maine Urgent Care Centers have won multiple awards within their specialties. As a system we are a six-time winner of the Leapfrog Safety A Rating since 2019, representing some of the highest quality care and outcomes nationwide. Our awards and accolades are only possible as a result of our commitment to culture, and a focus on safety and inclusion, in each of our patient’s experiences and in the experiences we create within our teams.
If you are a person who is looking for a way to give back to your community, to help improve the lives of patients or those who care for our patients, want to be part of a growing organization that is setting the bar for Maine healthcare, apply to join Central Maine Healthcare today!
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