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Excela Health OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST - INPATIENT - CASUAL in Greensburg, Pennsylvania


Job Summary:

An Occupational Therapist completes Occupational Therapy Evaluations and establishes plans of care for patients based upon age specific considerations and patient/family goals in various treatment arenas throughout the hospital. The occupational therapist continually assesses the treatment program and patient's discharge planning needs, recommending changes to the program as appropriate. He/She also supervises certified occupational therapy assistants or aides as assigned, participates actively in work process and program development to enhance the work environment, and participates in other duties as assigned. Utilizes time efficiently and effectively. Adheres to scheduling and productivity guidelines. Staff schedules require flexibility as they are dependent on patient care needs, which may include weekend and evening hours as necessary, to meet demand in their primary are or the needs across the system. Promotes and attend community outreach events as necessary.

Actively promotes a Lean work culture by performing team member duties to encourage consistent use of LEAN principles and processes, including continually seeking work process improvements. Recognizes the necessity of taking ownership of one’s own motivation, morale, performance and professional development. Strives for behavior consistent with being committed to Excela’s missions, vision and values.


Essential Functions: Defined as duties specific to the job, that, if removed, would change the entire purpose of the job; to include the Essential Physical Demands and Essential Working Conditions of this position.

  • Core Essential Functions:

  • Regular, consistent, on-site, and timely attendance.

  • Engages in using the LEAN methodology for process improvement.

  • Participates in daily meetings, use of “Just-do-its” and A3’s as appropriate.

  • Develops an awareness and understand of the department objectives on the CI board and participates in collecting data for the board.

  • Participates in LEAN projects as assigned.

  • Follows standard work as set forth for the position.

  • Attends LEAN 101 & other LEAN functions / training as assigned.

  • Documents on the white boards in the patient rooms to improve and aid in interdisciplinary communication and continuity of care (where applicable by location).

  • Understands and upholds the mission, vision and values of the organization. Demonstrates and adhere to the missions, vision, value and Excela Credo in all aspects of position.

  • Performs clinical responsibilities in a manner that provides effective age- specific patient care while achieving optimal outcomes.

  • Completes evaluations within appropriate time frame per policy.

  • Sets goals with measureable outcomes and appropriate time frames.

  • Demonstrates appropriate use of various treatment modalities in patient care.

  • Recommends discontinuation of treatment when appropriate.

  • Initiates discussions with physician and other medical team members when appropriate to modify the treatment program.

  • Supervises COTA and Home Health Aide in a professional manner.

  • Adheres to ethical and legal practice standards.

  • Abides by relevant ethical codes and standards of practice guidelines.

  • Abides by State and Federal laws and regulations, including state licensure laws.

  • Reports any concerns to rehab leadership, or compliance line as appropriate.

  • Maintains records that are accurate, concise, timely and legible in accordance with System, IT or Payor policies.

  • Documents therapy care in format and accordance with practice setting on EMR including: evaluations, treatment provided, response to treatment, patient progress, education, family conferences, discharge planning and discharge summary as appropriate.

  • Completes reassessments at appropriate intervals and documents accordingly.

  • Communicates post-discharge needs to appropriate resources.

  • Documents patient care that is consistent with guidelines and requirements of agencies and third party payers.

  • Educates all patients and families in a manner consistent with their level of understanding and therapeutic needs.

  • Involves patient and family members in establishing a plan of care.

  • Provides patient and family members with educational materials as needed.

  • Documents education and training as well as patient and/or family level of achievement with training provided.

  • Captures maximum revenue for quality services provided while maintaining established standards of care.

  • Utilizes appropriate documentation including CPT and CDM codes to match services provided.

  • Maintains adherence to established efficiency standards.

  • Checking for accuracy in charging based on therapeutic intervention provided prior to signing and finalizing daily documentation.

  • Provides relevant information to insurance provider to insure proper authorization is secured prior to initiation of treatment (when indicated).

  • Assures treatment does not extend beyond last covered date.

  • Promotes continual performance improvement both within the Rehabilitation department and throughout Excela Health.

  • Demonstrates individual initiative for performance improvement both within the department and throughout Excela Health.

  • Actively identifies needs for improvement in the department and system wide and discusses with manager.

  • Collaborates with patients, families, and other health team members to provide excellence in patient care.

  • Communicates regularly with other team members via verbal, written, and/or established electronic communication methods.

  • Attends interdisciplinary team meetings when indicated.

  • Attends all required staff meetings. If absent or unable to attend, reads minutes and signs appropriate sign-in sheets to indicate review of material.

  • Participates actively in the ongoing development of new therapy programs and in the enhancement of established programs.

  • Attends appropriate internal or external education opportunities to promote growth and expansion of specific programs

  • Researches appropriate innovative ides via journal and internet exploration and discusses these with manager leads, and peers.

  • Implements a self-directed plan for professional development.

  • Demonstrates an awareness of strengths and weaknesses and seeks guidance as needed to address limitations.

  • Initiates and participates in continuing education: lectures, video/audio conferences, written and online courses.

  • Develops and conducts in-service as appropriate to share information gained from external resources.

  • Upholds fiscal and operational responsibility

  • Utilizes supplies and equipment in a fiscally responsible manner.

  • Maintains adherence to established efficiency standards.

  • Maximizes utilization of non-direct patient care time

  • Maintains responsibility for reporting accuracy of hours worked.

  • Travel to other entities or sites within the System as patient census dictates, in order to provide quality necessary care where patient need is greatest.

  • Staff schedules require flexibility as they are dependent on patient care needs, which may include evening and weekend hours, as necessary to meet demand in their primary area or the needs across the System.

Ability to perform the Essential Functions listed on the Physical Conditions and ability to perform the Essential Functions on the Working Condition chart (see attached chart).

  • Specialty Essential Functions:

  • Understand and obtain authorizations via Navinet (where applicable by location).

  • Knowledge & compliance with documentation of G codes as mandated by insurance.

  • Understanding & working knowledge of insurances and their documentation, authorization and billing framework and requirements.

  • Communicates to lead/leadership any changes or volume in census that will impact daily productivity of the clinic.

  • Marginal Functions: Defined as duties that are not essential in nature and do not take a considerable amount of time to complete (less than 10%).

  • Participates in supervision of students as appropriate.

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Required Skills and Knowledge: Minimum level of education, skills and abilities necessary in performing the job.


  • Graduate of an accredited program approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Certification / Licensure / Regulation:

  • Current PA State Licensure (Occupational Therapist)

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) approved curriculum of the American Heart Association (CPR and AED) program.

  • Act 33 with renewal

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

Prior Experience:

  • None

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong time management and organizational skills; ability to work independently and in a team setting; creativity in treatment in various settings; ability to transition smoothly between various treatment settings; flexibility in scheduling

Preferred Factor:

These are job related enhancements that are preferred or would benefit the performance outcome of the job but are not essential or required for the job to exist.

  • 1-3 years’ experience in healthcare setting

  • Certified Hand Therapist certification for outpatient setting

  • Masters or DOT

The above job descriptive information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, as an employee may be assigned other duties other than described in this document.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)