Baystate Health Speech Pathologist in Greenfield, Massachusetts

Baystate Health, a leading not-for-profit integrated health system, is transforming the delivery of health care to the communities it serves. Baystate Health (BH) is one of New England’s leading and largest integrated healthcare systems, serving more than 800,000 people throughout Western Massachusetts. With about 12,000 employees, a 1,200-member medical staff, and net patient service revenue of more than $2.3 billion, this dynamic and growing system includes an academic medical center, a children’s hospital and three community hospitals. It also includes a large multispecialty group, (Baystate Medical Practices), Baystate Home Health, Baystate Reference Laboratories, and Health New England, a 205,000-member health insurance company.

The mission of Baystate Health is “to improve the health of the people in our communities every day, with quality and compassion.” For over 130 years, Baystate has been a keystone of Western Massachusetts as it has evolved, grown, and emerged as one of the highest quality and most effective health care providers in the nation. Baystate Health was named a top 15 Health System in the country by Thompson Reuters; and is a PRC National Excellence in Healthcare Award Winner. Most recently US News and World Reportranked Baystate Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital as the only two hospitals in Massachusetts to achieve top quality ranking for five common procedures and conditions such as total joint replacement and congestive heart failure.

Baystate Health believes that the advancement of knowledge, through education and research, is essential to its mission of improving the health of the communities it serves. Baystate Medical Center has major programs in postgraduate medical education with residencies in Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Pathology, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Medicine-Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry; along with 22 fellowship programs.

Baystate Health is a forward-thinking organization. With impressive size, scope, and expertise, Baystate Health is the longtime market leader for health care services in western Massachusetts and is financially solid. However, as in most regions of the country, the healthcare landscape in western Massachusetts has shifted as a result of ever-increasing economic pressures and corresponding provider consolidation. Baystate Health is committed to its position as the key provider of tertiary level medical services to the people of Western Massachusetts. At the same time, Baystate Health has embraced a broader mission of promoting better health for the communities it serves and reducing health disparities. Baystate Health is committed to the provision of high value health care and is transforming how it delivers care and educates the next generation of physicians. One example of this is TechSpring, Baystate Health’s digital health care laboratory in downtown Springfield. Founded in June 2014, TechSpring works with entrepreneurs on ways that health care technology can fade into the background and take up less time.

In June 2015, Baystate Health established a new partnership with the UMass Medical School to develop a new regional clinical campus in Springfield, known as the University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate (UMMS-Baystate). UMMS-Baystate is now home to UMMS’ four-year Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) track, which welcomed its inaugural class of 22 medical students in Autumn 2017. Through this innovative program, the three institutions are partnering to strengthen the pipeline of new primary care physicians for the future in Western Massachusetts. These three institutions have also collaborated to create the Institute for Healthcare Delivery & Population Science, to generate and apply new knowledge to transform health care delivery and population health in support of Baystate Health’s strategic goals. The Institute conducts health services research projects in partnership with local, regional, and national stakeholders.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC), located in Greenfield, MA, is an 89-bed community hospital that joined Baystate Health in 1986. The hospital boasts a state-of-the-art surgical center and a new endoscopy center that opened in August 2017. BFMC provides high-quality inpatient and outpatient services to communities in Franklin and Hampshire counties, as well as southern Vermont. Specialized programs include wound care and hyperbaric medicine, heart and vascular care, cancer care, family-centered obstetrical care, sports medicine, specialty medical and surgical services, inpatient behavioral medicine, and 24-hour emergency services.

Plans, conducts, and evaluates medically directed speech pathology programs for assigned patients designed to restore or develop patients' communication skills and/or swallowing/feeding skills. In doing so, assesses patients with functional and organic speech disorders or with receptive/expressive language disorders, develops treatment programs and modifies treatment in accordance with patient progress. Instructs patients and families in rehabilitative speech/language practices, monitors patients' progress and maintains clinical records. At this level incumbent is expected to function independently. Observe all health and safety requirements. Identifies, evaluates, treats and follows up clients on an inpatient, outpatient, homecare and contract basis as assigned. Provides age-appropriate care to patients. Demonstrated knowledge of developmental stages for the following age groups (infant/child, adolescence, adult and older, geriatrics) and applies developmental theories and concepts when planning and implementing care for patients as appropriate per assignment. Evaluates all assigned patients, develops plan of treatment, provides assessment and assists in discharge planning as appropriate for each discipline. Applies treatment plan to patients within established procedures and time frames, as determined by each discipline. Completes necessary documentation to comply with professional standards department procedures for initial consult, progress notes, clinical conference notes, and reports. Provides information and consultation to patients, families, caregivers, and other health care personnel involved with patient management. Complies department operational procedures, including scheduling, billing, equipment usage, time-off requests and caseload coverage assignments. Assist with on-the-job orientation and training for student interns. Demonstrates relevant knowledge and application of clinical skills in evaluation, treatment and counseling.

  • Clinical Practice - The therapist demonstrates competent clinical practice utilizing a clinical decision-making process and critical thinking skills to effectively and efficiently deliver patient care with all healthcare providers across the continuum of care. Clinical Decision making – utilizes clinical decision making process to achieve desired patient/family outcomes.
  • Therapist – Patient Family Relationships – The therapist establishes and maintains a health, balanced and therapeutic relationship with the patient/family within the integrated healthcare system based on patient/family needs. The therapist demonstrates respect and advocates for the patient’s rights, values and belief systems. Therapeutic – Therapist actions that are responsive to the patient/family needs, promote comfort and create a compassionate and therapeutic environment.
  • Patient-Family Education and Health Care Transition Management – Demonstrates a commitment to identifying and addressing the learning need of both patients and families. Patient/Family learning needs and education process – Identifies enhances and inhibitors to learning process and readiness to learn. Adjusts teaching strategies based on age appropriateness, ethnic and gender issues. Utilizes education strategies to manage transitions across the continuum of care.
  • Health Care Team Relationships – The therapist cooperatively interacts within the health care team to support and contribute to the shared patient/family focuses care goals. Effective and efficient use of technological and human resources to achieve desired patient/family outcomes. Health care Team Relationships – Utilizes professional communication techniques within the health care team.
  • Program Development – The therapist provides support to fellow staff, department and organization facilitating contemporary practice and programs to meet the needs of the health care community. Planning and development – Participates in activities, meetings, task forces, etc. which promote the efficient operation of the service and/or enhance the scope, rang and quality of services.

  • Speech Language Pathology Degree, Master’s Degree preferred

  • Out Patient, In Patient and Modified Barium Swallow experience preferred
  • 3-5 years experience preferred
  • Comfortable working independently

This is a per diem position located in Greenfield, MA. Candidate must be able to attend day time orientation.

Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job ID: 83207

Location: Greenfield, Massachusetts

Full/Part Time: Per Diem

Regular/Temporary: Regular