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Physical Therapist at Beacon Health Systems in South Bend, Indiana

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

$7,500 Sign-On Bonus Available!

New Grads Welcome; Student Loan Repayment Offered!

Reports to Therapy Department Leadership. Evaluates patients, plans treatment programs and performs physical therapy procedures to restore function, prevent disability, reduce pain and maximize potential and quality of life following disease, injury or surgery. Participates in departmental programs and activities and serves as a role model of quality clinical practice. Serves as a resource to staff, rehabilitation teams, and Interns.

  • MISSION: We deliver outstanding care, inspire health, and connect with heart.

  • VALUES: Trust. Respect. Integrity. Compassion.

  • SERVICE GOALS: Personally connect. Keep everyone informed. Be on their team.

Clinical Practice:

  • Completes appropriate assessment per physician's orders and diagnosis or based on patient's report and symptoms for direct access patients.

  • Develops individualized treatment plan including time based functional goals.

  • Reassesses the patient and modifies treatment plan appropriately with respect to objective findings.

  • Communicates directly with physician regarding any requests for changes to physician prescribed therapy.

  • Assures prescription is current.

  • Oversees and supervises patient treatment planning with therapy assistants.

  • Follows all practice act and regulatory guidelines for assistant supervision and patient management.

  • Begins D/C planning at the time of evaluation.

  • Incorporates skills learned at continuing education/in-services into daily practice.

  • Utilizes a variety of appropriate evidence based treatment techniques through individualized treatment planning to optimize outcomes.

  • Instructs patient/family in therapeutic activities, provides hand-out materials when appropriate, and documents in the medical records.

  • Communicates with patients and families in a way that is professional and appropriate to their level of understanding and need.

Department Operations:

  • Productivity expectation for assigned area is met.

  • Proactively seeks to assist others when personal caseload is less than productivity expectation.

  • Demonstrates initiative and flexibility in managing caseload on a daily basis.

  • Accepts responsibility/accountability and performs daily support activities when those personnel are not available.

  • Actively and appropriately participates in meetings, program development, special projects, performance improvement, etc.

  • Meets all defined deadlines (license, CPR, mandatory ins., TB).

  • Holds self accountable for all information related to policy and regulatory guidelines presented in meetings, in-services, in writing and verbally.

  • Team norms are consistently followed for communication.

  • When giving direction to support personnel, expectations are made clear.

  • Collaborates with all disciplines/ancillary personnel to effectively manage patients.


  • Adheres to department policy times frames for completion of all paperwork (evaluations, notes and D/C summary).

  • Completes within established guidelines, all documentation related to patient assessment tools used for outcomes and or regulatory compliance.

  • Documentation includes appropriate detail to support all billing charges and is completed in a timely fashion to meet payor requirements for prior authorization and continuation of treatment.

  • Content of all documentation is complete and appropriate for diagnosis and condit ion (i.e. objective functional measures, special tests and minutes).

  • Signs/cosigns documentation appropriately per practice act and policy.

Professional Development:

  • Maintains professional membership and is encouraged to participate in organizational activities and meetings.

  • After attending continuing education, presents an in-service that will enhance staff knowledge and skills, improve patient management, patient outcomes and promote fiscally responsible patient management.

  • Serves as a clinical resource related to rehabilitation therapy for other staff throughout the organization and community.

  • Maintains knowledge of clinical practice through literature review. Provides supporting reference articles when presenting in-services, case presentations, etc.

  • Provides supporting reference articles when presenting in-services, case presentations, etc.

Contribute to the overall effectiveness of the department:
  • Completes other job-related duties and projects as assigned.

Associate complies with the following organizational requirements:

  • Attends and participates in department meetings and is accountable for all information shared.

  • Completes mandatory education, annual competencies and department specific education within established timeframes.

  • Completes annual employee health requirements within established timeframes.

  • Maintains license/certification, registration in good standing throughout fiscal year.

  • Direct patient care providers are required to maintain current BCLS (CPR) and other certifications as required by position/department.

  • Consistently utilizes appropriate universal precautions, protective equipment, and ergonomic techniques to protect patient and self.

  • Adheres to regulatory agency requirements, survey process and compliance.

  • Complies with established organization and department policies.

  • Available to work overtime in addition to working additional or other shifts and schedules when required.

Commitment to Beacon's six-point Operating System, referred to as The Beacon Way:

  • Leverage innovation everywhere.

  • Cultivate human talent.

  • Embrace performance improvement.

  • Build greatness through accountability.

  • Use information to improve and advance.

  • Communicate clearly and continuously.

Education and Experience
  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities as indicated below are normally acquired through the successful completion of a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. Physical Therapist licensure in the State of Indiana is required. State issued Driver's License required.
Knowledge & Skills

  • Requires familiarity with use of modalities and equipment needed to complete standard treatments offered.

  • Requires tact and discretion when working with patients, families, and physicians.

  • Maintains current BLS certification.

Working Conditions
  • At risk for occupational exposure to infectious diseases.
Physical Demands

  • Requires the physical ability and stamina (i.e. to walk/stand for prolonged periods of time, push carts/wheelchairs up to 50 pounds, to position/lift patients at a maximum of 35 pounds unassisted, over 35 pounds requires assistance, provide CPR, etc.) to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • Sufficient balance and strength necessary in standing to ensure patient safety.

  • Requires the physical ability to perform activities such as, manual muscle testing, PROM, manual techniques, etc.

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