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Speech-Lang Pathologist (PRN) - I/P Acute Therapy

Req #:  217441
Facility:  Good Samaritan Hospital
Department:  Therapy
City:  Downers Grove
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Registry
Posting FTE:  0

Over its nearly 40-year history, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital has evolved into a recognized national leader in health care. Good Samaritan Hospital has been named to the 100 Top Hospitals list six times and is the only health care organization in the state to earn the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, achieving the honor in 2010. Good Samaritan Hospital features DuPage County’s only Level I trauma center, a certified Level III neonatal intensive care unit and received the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence. A range of services are offered at the hospital, including cardiology, oncology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, general surgery, gastroenterology, stroke care, obstetrics and gynecology, and low-dose diagnostic imaging. Good Samaritan Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care.

Position Requirements:

  • Master's degree in Speech~Laguage Pathology from an accredited program.
  • Eligible for Illinois state licensure within 90~days of hire.
  • CPR certified.
  • Passes ASHA certification exam.
  • Coursework in Dysphagia.
  • Recognizes needs and behaviors of specific age groups of patients treated.
  • Meets the annual stroke education requirement of 8 hours/year, (for therapists working with adult stroke population) through in~services, journal club, grand rounds, self~study and other continuing education opportunities.
  • Good communication skills.
  • General knowledge of diagnostic and treatment tools.
  • CFY eligible.
  • May be exposed to hazardous materials and life~threatening diseases.
  • Direct contact with body fluids.
  • Pushing, pulling, lifting, transferring patients greater than 25 lb.
  • Standing and walking extended periods.
  • Weekends, minimum two weekend days/month, early evening hours and holidays.
  • Off campus locations.
  • This requirement supersedes any previous lifting requirement effective 08/01/2014. Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case~by~case basis.

To provide Speech~Language Pathology services to patients/clients with speech, language, cognitive~communication, voice and swallowing disorders. These services include assessment, treatment, discharge planning, related documentation and communication with the patient, family, caregiver, nursing staff, physicians, and other healthcare providers.

Performance of diagnostic evaluations in a thorough and timely manner in accordance with established departmental and professional standards and procedures resulting in clinically accurate diagnoses.
Understanding the impact managed care has on provision of speech~language pathology services.
Formulation and provision of individualized treatment/discharge plans for patients based upon the results of diagnostic evaluations, prognosis, case histories as well as discussion with patient, family, caregiver, nurses, physicians, case managers and ancillary staff.
Participation in professional development
Participation in ongoing process improvement, quality assurance and safety programs.
Assumes other related responsibilities as assigned.
Communication of patient~related information to nursing and other healthcare providers to facilitate continuity of care and implementation of treatment recommendations.
Provision of information and guidance to the patient, family, caregiver regarding the nature and severity of communication and/or swallowing disorders, current treatment programs, prognosis for recovery, techniques designed to enhance carryover of desired behaviors and any safety or ethical issues related to patient's deficits.

8 hours of stroke education/year
Change to 'Completes mandatory education within specified timeline.'
Minimum Level Qualifications, Certification box

Obtains Illinois licensure within 90~days of hire.

About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.