Mercy Health Medical Social Worker MSW HOV Clinical Mercy Health Hospice of the Valley in Boardman, Ohio

Medical Social Worker MSW HOV Clinical Mercy Health Hospice of the Valley

Job ID: 4661408

Updated: April 24, 2018

Geographic Location: Youngstown

Location: Boardman, OH, United States

Department: HOV Clinical

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Shift: Days

Standard Hours: 40

Job Summary


Hospice of the Valley provides comprehensive and compassionate end-of-life care for the terminally ill as well as support services to the family. Hospice of the Valley works to increase community awareness of death and grief as a natural part of life.

The mission of Humility of Mary Health Partners is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities with emphasis on people who are poor and under-served.


The medical social worker contracted or employed through the organization is responsible for the implementation of standards of care for medical social work services and for adherence to all conditions in the Service or Employment Agreement.

Qualifications - Minimum


1. Is a graduate of a Master’s program in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

2. A minimum of one year's experience in health care, hospice or home health experience preferred. Understands hospice philosophy, and issues of death/dying.

3. Has a valid driver’s license and is insured in accordance with state and/or organizational requirements.

4. Licensed as required by State.

5. Is flexible and cooperative in fulfilling role obligation and has ability to work within an interdisciplinary team.

6. Has thorough knowledge of local and state human services agencies.


1. Assesses the psychosocial status of patients/families/caregivers related to the patient's terminal illness and environment. Provides an assessment in the patient's identified residence and assistance when this is not safe and another plan is required.

2. Assesses patient potential risk of suicide and/or potential for abuse or neglect.

3. Evaluate the need for future planning and assess ability of patient/family/caregiver to accept change in level of case.

4. Completes psychosocial assessments and develops interventions based on evaluation findings and needs. Provides direction, guidance and supportive counseling to patients and families to assist in coping with terminal illness.

5. Maintains clinical records on all patients referred to social work.

6. Provides information to patients/families/caregivers and community agencies.

7. Serves as liaison between patients/families/caregivers and community agencies.

8. Maintains collaborative relationships with organization personnel to support patient care.

9. Maintains and develops contacts with public and private agencies as resources for patient and personnel.

10. Participates in the development of the plan of care and attends case conferences weekly.

11. Assists physician and other team members in understanding significant social and emotional factors related to health problems and death/dying issues.

12. Participates in discharge planning when needed. Assists patient/family/caregiver with advanced care planning, funeral arrangements and any other identified psychosocial needs.

13. Maintain caseload standards and productivity goals set forth by Director of Psychosocial Services.

14. Provide patient and family centered care that remains in compliance with standards/requirements set forth by CMS and NHPCO, accrediting body and Agency policies and procedures.

15. Participates in in-service programs.

16. Other duties as delegated by the Director of Psychosocial Services.

17. Participates in bereavement group and support meetings as needed.

The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those stated in this description.


Hospice personnel are expected to participate in appropriate continuing education as may be requested and/or required by their immediate supervisor. In addition, hospice personnel are expected to accept personal responsibility for other educational activities to enhance job related skills and abilities. All personnel must attend mandatory educational programs.


Hours per pay period: 80

Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm

Weekend and holiday rotations.

Shift and Job Schedule

Job Shift: Days, Job Schedule: Full-Time

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is our policy to abide by all Federal and State laws, as well as, the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a), prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibiting discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.