Physical Therapist - Full Time - Benson Hospital
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
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 following activities:
a. Establishing and maintaining courteous and helpful interaction patterns
with staff, patients and families that reflect sensitivity to individual needs
and a problem-solving 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
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 Therapy services.
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
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, selfstudy,
and continuing education functions as approved.
2. Maintaining valid state license.
3. Obtaining membership and participating in professional and community
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
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 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.
WORK ENVIRONMENT PHYSICAL DEMANDS
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
3. Visual acuity (near and distant) sufficient to evaluate, diagnose and monitor
patient needs and to maintain accurate records, recognize people and provide
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.
6. Fine motor skills for handling diagnostic or therapeutic equipment and for
documenting in the electronic medical record.
7. 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.
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 21570