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Providence Health & Services Medical Social Worker in Kodiak, Alaska


Providence is calling a Medical Social Worker (MSW) (ECF Kodiak, Day Shift, 1.0 FTE) to Providence Kodiak Medical Center in Kodiak, Alaska. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

In this position you will:

  • ENSURING QUALITY OF CARE: The Medical Social Worker must possess current knowledge of the bio psychosocial aspects of illness, disability and death and be able to apply this knowledge in a professional and understanding manner in direct social work services to patients and their families and in collaboration with all health care professional staff. Has a working knowledge of departmental policies, facility policies and procedures, professional standards, and applicable local, state, and federal laws.

  • COLLABORATION: As a member of the Care Center multidisciplinary team, provides input of residents’ social and emotional identifiable needs at Care Conferences and weekly rounds. Is able to facilitate ongoing resident council meetings with residents to ensure their rights are understood (implemented). Maintains contact with residents’ representatives (guardian, Power of Attorney, family member) to report on changes in health, current goals, discharge planning, clothing needs and room transfers. Fills in as needed for the Medical Social Work Manager at acute dischargeplanning meetings and swing bed resident care conferences and provides input as to patients’ financial concerns, discharge needs and plans.

  • FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Monitors residents’ funds in the resident trust accounts to ensure residents’ Medicaid eligibility is maintained where applicable. Completes annual Medicaid Reviews.

  • RESIDENT/PATIENT CARE: Assists potential applicants in qualifying for Care Center Admission. Provides support and information to families at the time of resident’s death. Within a strict timeframe completes Social Work MDS sections and quarterly summaries for residents, as well as, a psycho-social assessment and care plan at time of admission and thereafter annually. Upon request, completes a Social Work Consult for acute patient(s).

  • INFORMATION AND PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE: Receives inquiries and referrals for social services. Screens and secures free or discounted travel for clients who qualify and have off-island medical appointments. Composes letters for clients seeking financial assistance for their medical bills. As time allows assists clients in applying for Social Security Disability and Medicaid Insurance.

  • CUSTOMER SERVICE: Embraces the Providence Service Standards in all aspects of position. Presents and conducts self in a professional manner. Provides support to coworkers and customers while demonstrating service excellence by building positive interpersonal relations to ensure productive and positive relationships are maximized. Develops a deep understanding of customer’s perspectives and needs and works to meet their expectations. Builds a culture of true caring by behavior and interactions with others.

  • COMMUNICATION/TEAMWORK: Communicates in a compassionate and professional manner. Demonstrates professional interpersonal and verbal skills when communicating with other department and of the care delivery team to provide optimal continuity of care to patients and their families. Is able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people from differing literacy levels, languages and cultures. Demonstrates commitment to teamwork and interacts harmoniously with others to ensure team success. Supports new orientees in learning department routines.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work.

  • Experience with patient and family assessment with underserved populations to include the chronically ill.

  • Current Social Worker license with the State of Alaska required.

  • If employee has worked under the Social Worker title for Providence since 2001, licensure is not required.

  • Must maintain current licensure for appropriate level of education.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's degree in Social Work.

  • 2 years in Social Worker experience in a hospital setting experience.

About Kodiak Island Medical Center

Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center (PKIMC) provides comprehensive health care to residents and visitors of Kodiak Island. This critical access hospital features 25 acute care beds, including four birthing suites, one OB triage room, and two ICU beds. In addition, the Elder House, PKIMC’s long term care facility, has 22 beds.

PKIMC provides an extensive array of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency department, surgery, laboratory services, maternity, general medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, sleep studies, specialty clinics, diagnostic imaging services and pharmacy and is staffed by a mix of primary care physicians, surgeons and specialists who provide family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics, radiology and general practice.

For more information regarding Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, please click on the following link:

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Social Work

Location: Alaska-Kodiak

Req ID: 252681