Geisinger Health System Social Worker in WILKES BARRE, Pennsylvania

JOB TITLE: Social Worker

LOCATION: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

DEPARTMENT: Social Services

WORK SCHEDULE: Days/Evenings This position may require rotation of campuses, shifts, weekend coverage and holiday rotation

WORK TYPE: Full time


The Social Worker, as part of an interdisciplinary team, including the patient/family, physicians, nurses, therapists and payors ensures that the patients progress in the acute episode of care through post discharge and is quality driven while being efficient and cost effective.

The incumbent interacts with patients, family members, healthcare professionals, and community and state agencies in this effort. The Social Worker serves as a liaison between the hospital and community agencies or facilities for the exchange of clinical and referral information.

The Social Worker identifies high risk patients from a psychosocial/financial perspective, assesses the psychological needs of patients and families and provides information, support, counseling, care management, and referrals to appropriate resources.

The Social Worker works collaboratively with the RN Care Manager and care team to ensure patient needs are met and care delivery is coordinated across the continuum. The expertise of the Social Worker is sought to resolve psychosocial patient care issues and to develop and implement a complex patient transition/discharge plan. This professional ensures that patients are assisted to achieve their highest level of function and return to the least restrictive environment post hospitalization.

The incumbent performs duties and tasks in accordance with performance standards established for the job. The incumbent is responsible for participation in and completion of all patient safety initiatives appropriate to the position. In addition, the incumbent conducts all job responsibilities according to the Mission and Values of the organization.

Responsible for ensuring the very best patient/family experience by optimizing all customer interaction. Foster a positive work environment through mutual support and cooperation and adheres to GHS and unit specific Service Standards.

The incumbent reports to the Director of Care Management.


Demonstrates the ability to work independently.

Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills.

Demonstrates excellent analytical and problem solving skills to assess patient discharge needs and evaluate applicability of available resources.

Demonstrates the judgment and initiative to operate independently and autonomously in the development, implementation and follow up of post acute plans with minimal guidance from the department manager

Demonstrates accountability for timely and accurate prioritization, planning and preparation to assure safe discharges and cost effective utilization of available resources for the continuation of patient care

Demonstrates the ability to act in an autonomous, self directed manner

Demonstrates the ability to receive stimuli from multiple sources simultaneously

Demonstrates organization and delegation, negotiation and conflict resolution, and possesses the ability to be self-directed, flexible, and committed to the team concept.

Demonstrates teamwork, initiative and willingness to learn, accepts and respects diversity without judgment, and demonstrates strong customer service values.


Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from accredited university required.

Care Management certification is required after two years of hire.

A minimum of two (2) years of clinical experience as Social Worker in an acute care setting is preferred.

Experience in dealing with extended care facilities and community healthcare agencies.

A working knowledge of insurance coverage, various governmental programs, available community care agencies and long-term care facilities.

Knowledge of Social Work theories, therapies and techniques as used in individual family and group treatment.


Work is typically performed in a clinical office or patient setting.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION : We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

GEISINGER WYOMING VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER: (GWV), located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is an acute care hospital that is licensed for 274 beds, and houses the only Level II Trauma center in Luzerne County. The campus includes the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center, The Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital, the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Unit, a transplant program and the Brain & Spine Tumor Institute. Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre is GWV’s ambulatory campus.

ABOUT GEISINGER: Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family.

We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit , or connect with us on Facebook at , Instagram at , LinkedIn at and Twitter at .

** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.

*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.