Physical Therapist - Benson Hospital
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)
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:
a. Performing Functional Screens of inpatients
b. Evaluating and treating all patients who could benefit from intervention as
prescribed by a state approved referral source.
c. Appropriately documenting progress toward identified objectives.
d. Communicating patient status and needs to the patient, the patient’s family, staff,
and other professionals involved in their care.
13. Builds a strong rehabilitative care practice within each facility by performing or the
a. Establishing and maintaining courteous and helpful interaction patterns with staff,
patients and families that reflect sensitivity to individual needs and a problemsolving approach.
b. Actively integrating therapist’s role into facility team.
c. Educating staff, other health care professionals, and the general community about
Physical Therapy and hospital services on a consistent basis.
d. Attending inpatient rehab team meetings as appropriate.
e. Establishing and maintaining a good working relationship with other health care
professionals and colleagues in the community.
f. Making appropriate referrals to other members of the rehabilitative team (ST,
PTA, COTA, and OT).
g. Developing and implementing new programs/techniques to enhance Physical
h. Adhering to the requirements of the patient’s Bill of Rights.
i. Skill in selecting and providing a wide range of intervention strategies and
monitoring their effectiveness.
j. 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.
k. Knowledge of current legal mandates, including Federal and State Law,
compliance issues, confidentiality requirements, funding procedures and
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
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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
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.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
1. Graduate of an Accredited School of Physical Therapy.
2. Currently certified as a Physical Therapist and having passed the National Physical
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.
6. CPR certification as per Benson Hospital Policy.
7. CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) Certification or ability to become certified