Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care provider in Colorado Springs comprised of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Penrose Hospital serves as the anchor hospital of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services with 364-licensed beds and the ability to provide tertiary (high tech) medical-surgical services with an emphasis on elective and outpatient care. Established in 1890, Penrose Hospital has grown to become a major health treatment and referral center, specializing in cancer care, cardiac care, emergency trauma care and physical rehabilitation. In 2008 we opened St. Francis Medical Center to keep pace with the growing needs of the Colorado Springs’ community on the north side of the city. St. Francis Medical Center features 172-beds and offers a modern Birth Center, Level IIIA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Care Unit, Emergency Department, Level III Trauma Center, Imaging Services, Surgical Services, and Critical Care Unit. It is also serves as Southern Colorado’s home base for the Flight For Life® Colorado air medical helicopter service. It’s an incredible time to join us as we celebrate our tenth consecutive year as one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” by Healthgrades and Magnet Hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for superior quality in nursing care. With 300+ days of annual sunshine, mild winters and easy access places like Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and some of Colorado’s top destination resorts, you will enjoy an incredible lifestyle while having the career you’ve always wanted. For more information about Penrose – St. Francis Health Services, visit http://www.penrosestfrancis.org/.
Responsible for a continuum of treatment by providing care to patients with neuromuscular, orthopedic and other physically-related disorders requiring strengthening, modalities, manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education and training in activities in daily living under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Utilizes rehab process to promote and restore optimal health and well-being of the patient. Participates in professional responsibilities, including documentation, program development, teaching, and enhancement of clinical skills.
Minimum Education Requirements
Associates Degree from an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant program
Minimum Experience Requirements
Previous work experience providing direct patient care in outpatient, inpatient or inpatient rehab unit, preferred
Ability to perform basic treatments of orthopedic, neurological and medical patients
Prior use of electronic medical records (EMR), preferred
Current Colorado Physical Therapist Assistant licensure
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) from American Heart Association
Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )
Carries out program of corrective treatments for assigned patients, as determined by evaluating physical therapist and under the indirect supervision of a physical therapist. Implements therapy activities using measurable, goals and time frames under the direction of a physical therapist. *
Performs a variety of therapeutic interventions including, but not limited to, ADL retraining; patient education in home safety; adaptive equipment and compensation techniques; coordination, strengthening and therapeutic exercise programs, manual therapy, therapeutic activities, aquatic therapy and neuromuscular re-education per patient needs. *
Carries out plan of care for assigned patients, as established by evaluating physical therapist, within the scope of practice for a PTA. *
Provides teaching for the patient and family based on assessed needs, using appropriate resources. *
Initiates and follows through on communication with supervising physical therapist regarding patient status, need for re-evaluation and/or modification of treatment plan, goals, and patient training/education. *
Communicates effectively to all patients, families, superiors, staff, physicians and other customers concerning physical medicine and rehabilitation services by direct verbal and/or written communication respecting confidentiality at all times. *
Consistently demonstrates flexibility as evidenced by floating to other areas or sites and is agreeable to work flexible schedules including weekends, holidays and evening hours as necessary to meet the needs of the patients and department. *
Supports completion of work volume through cross-training and performing other functions as required.*
Demonstrates effective time management and is proactive in prioritizing workload and meeting productivity requirements. *
Performs clinical documentation utilizing EMR. Documents per department and Health Information Management guidelines/policy using correct grammar, spelling, abbreviations and medical terminology.*
Facilitates preparation of patient schedules, billing/charges and other reports per department and HIM procedures through timely completion of documentation after each therapy session. *
Participates in personal, professional and program development by attending department in-services, meetings and by sharing professional expertise to enhance quality of professional services and staff development. *
Assists in training physical therapist assistants, students and other hospital personnel. Acts as a resource for new staff members and co-workers by sharing information and providing education. *
Adheres to professional code of ethics (APTA) and to all accreditation requirements. *
Adapts to rapidly changing technologies, policies, regulations, census and staffing through priority setting and flexibility. *
Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. constantly
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