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Speech Pathologist Mercy Health Home Care PRN in Girard, OH at Mercy Health

Date Posted: 7/9/2018

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Job Summary


The mission of Mercy Health is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities with emphasis on people who are poor and under-served.


The Speech Pathologist is competent in evaluating and treating children and adults with speech, language, cognitive and dysphagia disorders (birth & over in age). They act as consultants for medical and other professional groups in the hospital. The Speech Pathologist supervises and instructs student Speech Pathology Interns during their Internship at St. Elizabeth or St. Joseph Health Center. These duties are performed in a manner in which demonstrates the Philosophy/Mission and Values of Humility of Mercy Health Partners.

Qualifications - Minimum


Master Degree in Speech Pathology


The Speech Pathologist may have experience when hired or may be hired to fulfill a Clinical Fellowship Year. Following a Clinical Fellowship Year, a Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and an Ohio license obtained through the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology must be achieved.  If the hire is a new graduate, a temporary license must be obtained before employment begins.


Knowledge and skill required to perform the job responsibilities.

The Speech Pathologist should have basic knowledge about specific neurological tests, neuroanatomy, and neurological diseases.

Analyses and interprets test information.

Teaches student Speech Interns.

Good manual dexterity in order to perform oral/peripheral examinations and thermal stimulation is necessary.

Dexterity to use machinery is also necessary.

Work with computer applications.


The degree to which judgment and analysis must be exercised in planning, investigating issues, and evaluating alternative solutions to the challenges posed by the job.  Deals with the nature of the decisions, the variety of problems, and how decisions are made in context of the typical requirements of the job.

Makes decisions based on policy and analysis of facts and general principles.

Makes judgment as to the plan of treatment for Speech Pathology clients.


The potential impact of actions on results of Humility of Mary Health Partners and the job’s accountability for achieving results.

Accountable for the communication diagnosis and treatment of clients.

Accountable for medical records and billing.


The nature and frequency of interpersonal human relations skills required by the job.  The extent cooperation and tact in meeting or cooperation and tact in meeting or influencing others by phone, correspondence, or personal contact.

Requires use of common courtesy.

Has contact with employees, physicians, patients, families, other professionals, and individuals inside and outside of the hospital.

Coordinates work with others.

Provide feedback to Speech Interns.


1.      Models supportive behaviors.

2.      Supports collaboration, Performance Improvement processes, inter-disciplinary work teams, and partnership relationships with customers.

3.      Demonstrates self-governance.

4.      Responsible for own professional/personal growth and development.

5.      Communicates effectively with all departments & employees of the organization and other customers.

6.      Promotes stewardship of resources while maintaining or improvement quality of care.

7.      Exhibits ownership for the success of the organization.

8.      Effectively engages in two-way dialogue and problem solving.

9.      Works independently to meet operational objectives.

10.  Receives, investigates and appropriately reports and responds to problems/incidents that involve safety and compliance issues.

11.  Holds self, employees and co-workers accountable for keeping patient safety the first priority in performing the essential duties of their jobs.

12.  Diagnoses speech/language disorders by evaluating possible causes and administering and interpreting results of in depth testing.

13.  Interprets findings of diagnostics to the patient, family, physicians and nursing staff.

14.  Treats speech/language impairments with functional articulatory disorders, stuttering, voice problems, delayed language, and organic disorders including cleft palate, cerebral palsy, aphasia, head injury, dysarthria, dysphagia, and impaired hearing.

15.  Determines the need for referral to specialists in medicine, dentistry, education, psychology, social service and related areas.

16.  Counsels pre-operative and post-operative patients as to possible speech or language deficits, and follow up therapy.

17.  Plans, directs and conducts remedial programs designed to restore or improve communicative efficiency.

18.  Writes reports on diagnostic findings, therapy used, and progress made.  These written reports as well as verbal reports are disseminated to physicians and other related professionals.

19.  Attends meetings and conferences to keep current on ideas and techniques in the field of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

20.  Attends meetings at SEHC, SJHC, TAV and HH and outside of the hospital as a representative of the Speech Pathology Department.

21.  Through direct teaching, having the Speech Pathology Interns observe, and by direct observation of the Speech Pathology Intern, provides education and clinical skills as they relate specifically to the neurologically impaired patient and all communicative disorders that may be found in the hospital setting.  Coordination of observation activities such as scheduling the interns to observe a CT Scan, MRI, other rehabilitation disciplines, and lectures may be added responsibilities.

22.  May have some responsibilities in evaluating and providing feedback to the Student Interns and the University on the performance of the Interns.

Upholds resources in a manner consistent with the organizational plan.

1.      Participates in HMHP’s recruitment and retention goals.

2.      Maintains department resources in a manner consistent with department budgets and departmental activity.

3.   Understands cost per unit of service.



Hours per pay period: 0

Shift and Job Schedule

Job Shift: Days/Afternoons, Job Schedule: Contingent

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