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Physical Therapist I

Req #:  107399
Facility:  Christ Medical Center
Department:  Therapy
City:  Oak Lawn
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1


Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s leading health care networks. A not-for-profit, 749-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest for a number of specialties, including cancer care; cardiovascular services; heart, kidney and lung transplantation; neurosciences; orthopedics; and women’s health. The hospital provides emergency care for more than 100,000 patient visits annually and has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois.



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  • Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL
  • Day Shift - Must be open to a flexible schedule (e.g. Sunday-Thursday / Tuesday--Saturday / 4 weekdays and 1 weekend shift)


Position Requirements:
Entry~level Master's /Doctorate degree (or Bachelors degree prior to 2004) in Physical Therapy from an accredited school
Maintains continuing education requirements as mandated by professional standards
Good interpersonal and communication skills.
Competent in a variety of diagnostic and treatment techniques
Recognizes needs and behaviors of specific age groups of patients treated
Eligible for licensure to practice in Illinois
CPR Certification BCLS
May be exposed to hazardous materials and life~threatening diseases
Direct contact with body fluids
Pushing, pulling, lifting, transferring patients. Ability to perform heavy lifting(lifting 50 to 100 pounds occasionally and 25 to 50 pounds frequently and 10 to 20 pounds constantly).
Ability to assist, escort, transfer, and respond to patient needs for extended periods of time.
Required to work approximately 1 weekend per month and/or evenings.

Required to work a minimum of one of the 6 observed holidays or the day prior to or after the holiday per calendar year.
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.

Provides direct physical therapy services to patients ranging from adolescences to adulthood who are referred to the department. Selects appropriate evaluation procedures and develops individualized treatment programs to restore or maximize each patient's functional skills.

Provision of Patient Care
Patient Assessment
Daily Operations
Patient / Family / Community Education
Discharge Planning

VAD Aware
Accountability: Performs direct patient care for heart transplant, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) and heart failure patients with a basic degree of skill and knowledge.
Education requirements: The following educational requirements associated with this direct care role: Orientation: Completion of Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Awareness training through a 2 hour VAD class.
Annual Competency: Completion of an annual competency assessment specific to Ventricular Assist Devices in which the subject matter will be determined by the unit/department educator and VAD clinician.
Continuing education: Continuing education with an emphasis or focused on advanced heart failure therapies is to be completed every 6 months. This includes 1 VAD specific CBTs through Advocate ATMS or VAD Industry Website CBT every 6 months. Attendance at an Advanced Heart Failure Symposium or VAD Symposium may substitute for one of the CBT's.



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.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago