A licensed speech-language pathologist employed by Erlanger Health System, is responsible for direct and indirect care in the rehabilitation of the patient. In this position, the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) assists patients in the evaluation and treatment of disabilities such as chewing, swallowing, speech, voice, comprehension, expression and cognitive loss with the purpose of restoring or facilitating improved function or development in the patient.
Required: Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Communication Disorders from an accredited university program.
Relevant clinical experience, including at least one to two years experience as a speech-language pathologist working with adults and children in a medical setting.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong organizational and analytical skills.
Ability to manage multiple priorities, projects and display flexibility in a service oriented, fast paced, and changing work environment.
Ability to assess patients' conditions and exercise independent judgment.
Ability and willingness to exhibit behaviors consistent with standards for performance improvement and organizational values.
Ability and willingness to exhibit behaviors consistent with principles for service excellence.
VITAL STIM certified
Position Requirement(s): License/Certification/Registration
Employee must possess current state license to practice speech-language pathology in Tennessee.
Employee must possess the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), or be in the process of completing the Clinical Fellowship (CF).
BLS required within 30 days of hire.
Ability and willingness to demonstrate and maintain clinical competency as required to include ASHA CCC's and current CPR provider certification.
Department Position Summary:
Speech-language pathologists serve individuals, families, and groups from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Services are provided based on applying the best available research evidence, using expert clinical judgments, and considering clients' individual preferences and values. Speech-language pathologists address typical and atypical communication and swallowing in the following areas:
speech sound production
apraxia of speech
language (comprehension and expression)
pragmatics (language use, social aspects of communication)
literacy (reading, writing, spelling)
prelinguistic communication (e.g., joint attention, intentionality,
feeding and swallowing
oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, esophageal
orofacial myology (including tongue thrust)
Potential etiologies of communication and swallowing disorders include
neonatal problems (e.g., prematurity, low birth weight, substance exposure);
developmental disabilities (e.g., specific language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder);
auditory problems (e.g., hearing loss or deafness);
oral anomalies (e.g., cleft lip/palate, dental malocclusion, macroglossia, oralmotor dysfunction);
respiratory compromise (e.g., bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease);
pharyngeal anomalies (e.g., upper airway obstruction, velopharyngeal
laryngeal anomalies (e.g., vocal fold pathology, tracheal stenosis,
neurological disease/dysfunction (e.g., traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, cerebral vascular accident, dementia, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral
psychiatric disorder (e.g., psychosis, schizophrenia);
genetic disorders (e.g., Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome,
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Patient Care:
Evaluates patients, schedules and establishes appropriate treatment goals and delivers skilled assessments and treatments effectively including video swallow evaluations.
Delegates/supervises effectively within scope of authority to students, assistants and technicians
Reassesses patient?s progress, revises treatment plan and modifies goals when appropriate.
Discharges patient when therapy services are no longer needed or beneficial.
Environment of Care:
Assists in orientation and training of new personnel using orientation checklist and department Policy and Procedure Manual.
Contributes to maintaining all requirements needed for JCAHO/CARF accreditation and for successful state surveys.
Completes documentation accurately, timely, according to regulatory and state licensure requirements, and within professional standards.
Collaborates with other healthcare professionals as necessary to ensure smooth continuous care of the patients.
May act as a liaison with nursing, medical and other therapy staffs to facilitate problem solving and coordination of other services and act as an educational resource.
Mentors and provides oversight to new caregivers, conditional licensees in the clinical fellowship year, and therapy aides. Provides clinical instruction and training to students.
Recommends and participates in development of new services and programs, quality improvement and monitoring activities.
Participates in staff meetings, patient care meetings, educational in-services, caregiver orientation and other professional activities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Mission: To improve the health of people we touch
Vision: To be recognized locally, regionally and nationally as a premier health system
R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: We will fulfill the mission and vision by adhering to the Standards of R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
The Erlanger Health System is a multi-hospital system with five campuses based in Chattanooga – the Erlanger Baroness Campus, T.C....