Job Description

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

                                                Benson Hospital Position Description


Job Title :  Physical Therapist                                           Department:  Rehabilitation


Reports To:  Rehabilitation Director




The Physical Therapist is involved in the examination, treatment and instruction of human beings. They will detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate and limit physical disability, body malfunction and pain from injury, disease and any other bodily and mental conditions. This includes the administration, interpretation, and evaluation of tests and measurements of bodily functions and structures; the planning, administration, evaluation, modification of treatment and instruction; measurements of the musculoskeletal function and structure. Also include the use of physical measures, activities and devices, for therapeutic purposes; the provision of consultative, educational and other advisory services for reducing the incidence and severity of physical disability, bodily malfunction and pain.



  1. Evaluation of patients referred for treatment and formulation of a plan of treatment. Development of realistic measurable functional goals. Treating patients per plan of care and complete documentation as required by industry standards.

  2. Assist in presenting body mechanics, transfer training, and other in-services as needed for other hospital employees.

  3. Participate in the implementation and compliance with CAH (Critical Access Hospital) guidelines.

  4. Resolve patient complaints.

  5. Complete work orders as required for maintenance and IT personnel.

  6. Have a basic understanding of the functions of all departments within the hospital and their relationship to the Physical Therapy department and coordinate/communicate with other members of the treatment team (physician, nursing, OT, ST, RT, Dietary, Case Manager, patient and patient’s family/caregivers) regarding patient’s progress and response to treatment.

  7. Consult and communicate with referring physicians as needed.

  8. Provide on-site supervision of PTA and PTT.

  9. Utilize supportive staff as deemed appropriate, based on their level of training.

  10. Complete patient evaluations, progress reports, re-evaluations, daily notes/billing and discharge summaries to the referring physicians on a timely basis meeting third party payer requirements and Benson Hospital policies.

  11. Report any injury or possible injury sustained either by a patient or visitor.

  12. Optimizes communication abilities and skills of patients in client facilities by performing the following activities:

    1. Performing Functional Screens of inpatients

    2. Evaluating and treating all patients who could benefit from intervention as prescribed by a state approved referral source.

    3. Appropriately documenting progress toward identified objectives.

    4. Communicating patient status and needs to the patient, the patient’s family, staff and other professionals involved in their care.

    5. Builds a strong rehabilitative care practice within each facility by performing or the following activities:

      1. Establishing and maintaining courteous and helpful interaction patterns with staff, patients and families that reflect sensitivity to individual needs and a problem-solving approach.

      2. Actively integrating therapist’s role into facility team.

      3. Educating staff, other health care professionals, and the general community about Physical Therapy and hospital services on a consistent basis.

      4. Attending inpatient rehab team meetings as appropriate.

      5. Establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with other health care professionals and colleagues in the community.

      6. Making appropriate referrals to other members of the rehabilitative team (ST, PTA, COTA, and OT).

      7. Developing and implementing new programs/techniques to enhance Physical Therapy services.

      8. Adhering to the requirements of the patient’s Bill of Rights.

      9. Skill in selecting and providing a wide range of intervention strategies and monitoring their effectiveness.

      10. Ability to plan, coordinate and provide training and continuing education both formally and informally to parents/caregivers, school administration, school staff, patients, community agencies, staff and other medical professionals.
      11. Knowledge of current legal mandates, including: Federal and State Law, compliance issues, confidentiality requirements, funding procedures and requirements.


        1. Expanding and enhancing clinical expertise, professional and management skills through interaction with managers, therapists and other professional staff, self-study, and continuing education functions 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 Physical Therapy and the health care environment.



        1. Submitting billing, payroll and expense documentation in a timely manner.

        2. Developing and implementing facility utilization goals and plans.



        1. Compliance with all hospital, corporate, and department policies and procedures.

        2. Total patient care, including:Examination and interpretation of results, determination of realistic patient goals and treatment plan to achieve realistic and functional goals, use of physical modalities and treatment procedures, complete documentation of Physical Therapy intervention and discharge planning.

        3. Maintain professional standards and code of ethics as described by the APTA.

        4. Maintenance of clinical competency through individual study and continuing educational programs.

        5. Reports to the Director of Rehabilitation Services.

        6. Develop and implement intervention strategies.

        7. Document need and advocate for personnel and equipment.

        8. Provide clinical educational opportunities for students of Physical Therapy.



        1. Graduate of an Accredited School of Physical Therapy.

        2. Currently certified as a Physical Therapist and having passed the National Physical Therapy Exam.

        3. Current Arizona State License to practice Physical Therapy.

        4. Commitment to quality care and current knowledge by documented attendance at continuing educational program, at least 20 hours every 2 years.

        5. Physical capabilities to fulfill job expectations.



        1. Ability to lift patients using appropriate biomechanical techniques frequently throughout the course of an eight (8) hour day/shift; must be capable of easily lifting forty (40) pounds dead weight alone.

        2. Ability to walk, bend, stand and reach constantly during an eight (8) hour day/shift.

        3. Visual acuity (near and distant) sufficient to evaluate, diagnose and monitor patient needs and to maintain accurate records, recognize people and provide directions.

        4. Ability to hear and speak sufficiently to evaluate and diagnose patient needs, and to understand and give directions.

        5. Ability to push wheeled equipment throughout the facility and in the community.

        1. Fine motor skills for handling diagnostic or therapeutic equipment and for documenting in the electronic medical record.
        2. Work endurance ability to work eight (8) hour days/shifts with one-hour lunch break. Ability to participate in sustained activity for up to three and one-half (3.5) hours at a time.



        Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a

        comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of

        the associate for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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