Job Description

Occupational Therapist - Benson Hospital
Job CategoryTherapies
ScheduleFull time
Shift1 - Day Shift

POSITION SUMMARY
Occupational Therapists work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, 
physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. Occupational Therapists assist individuals 
to develop, recover or maintain daily living and work skills. The goal of an Occupational 
Therapist is not only to help clients improve basic motor functions and cognitive and emotional 
abilities to return to these roles but also to compensate for loss of function. The Occupational 
Therapist's goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1. Evaluate, plan, and implement Occupational Therapy treatment according to individual patient 
needs at all ages of the human life cycle from infant to geriatric. Development of realistic 
measurable functional goals.
2. Provide ongoing assessment of patient response to OT treatment and patient progress; modify 
OT treatment as indicated. 
3. Complete patient evaluations, progress reports, re-evaluations, treatment notes/billing, and 
discharge summaries to the referring physicians on a timely basis meeting third party payer 
requirements and Benson Hospital policies. 
4. Participate in the implementation and compliance with CAH (Critical Access Hospital) 
guidelines.
5. Resolve patient complaints.
6. Have a basic understanding of the functions of all departments within the hospital and their 
relationship to the Occupational Therapy department and coordinate/communicate with other 
members of the treatment team (physician, nursing, PT, ST, RT, Dietary, Case Manager, patient,
and patient’s family) regarding patient’s progress and response to treatment. 
7. Consult and communicate with referring physicians as needed.
8. Provide on-site supervision of COTA.
9. Take responsibility for professional development and continuing education requirements to 
provide quality, efficient, effective Occupational Therapy treatment to patients with a variety of 
diverse needs.
10. Maintain professional standards of care and ethical treatment as determined by the American 
Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 
11. Follow personnel, safety and emergency policies and procedures as outlined by Benson Hospital. 
12. Optimizes communication abilities and skills of patients in client facilities by performing the 
following activities: 
- Performing Functional Screens
- Evaluating and treating all patients who could benefit from intervention as prescribed by a 
state approved referral source. 
- Appropriately documenting progress toward identified objectives. 
- Communicating patient status and needs to the patient, the patient’s family/caregivers, staff,
and other professionals involved in their care.
13. Build a strong rehabilitative care practice within each facility by performing the following 
activities: 
- Establishing and maintaining courteous and helpful interaction patterns with staff, patients 
and families/caregivers that reflect sensitivity to individual needs and a problem-solving 
approach. 
- Actively integrating therapist’s role into rehab team. 
- Reports to the Director of Rehabilitation Services.
- Educating staff, other health care professionals, and the general community about 
Occupational Therapy and hospital services on a consistent basis. 
- Attending inpatient rehab team meetings as appropriate. 
- Establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with other health care 
professionals and colleagues in the community. 
- Making appropriate referrals to other members of the rehabilitative team (ST, COTA, PTA, 
and PT). 
- Developing and implementing new programs/techniques to enhance Occupational Therapy 
services and facility utilization. 
- Adhering to the requirements of the patient’s Bill of Rights. 
- Skill in selecting and providing a wide range of intervention strategies and monitoring their 
effectiveness. 
- Ability to plan, coordinate and provide training and continuing education both formally and 
informally to parents/caregivers, patients, community agencies, staff, and other medical 
professionals. 
- Knowledge of current legal mandates, including Federal and State Law, compliance issues, 
confidentiality requirements, funding procedures and requirements. 
- Compliance with all hospital, corporate, and departmental policies, and procedures.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
1. Expanding and enhancing clinical expertise, professional and management skills through 
interaction with managers, therapists and other professional staff, self-study, and 
continuing education programs as approved. 
2. Maintaining valid state license. 
3. Obtaining membership and participating in professional and community organizations.
4. Maintaining an awareness of issues related to the profession of Occupational Therapy and 
the health care environment. 
5. Provide clinical educational opportunities for students of Occupational Therapy.

ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS
1. Submitting billing, payroll, and expense documentation in a timely manner.
2. Developing and implementing facility utilization goals and plans

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
1. Graduate of an accredited school of Occupational Therapy. 
2. Currently certified as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) by the National Board for 
Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. 
3. Currently licensed to practice Occupational Therapy by the state of Arizona. 
4. CPR certification as per Benson Hospital Policy
5. CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) Certification or ability to become certified.
6. Physical capabilities to fulfill job expectations. 

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