Acute care hospitals and outpatient health centers

What are the advantages of working in one of Main Line Health’s inpatient and outpatient settings?

Therapists working in inpatient and outpatient settings get to learn about a variety of diagnoses as they work with orthopaedic, neurologic and pediatric patients. We also offer specialty practice environments such as: work conditioning, women’s health, hand therapy and sport specific conditioning. Our inpatient and outpatient settings provide a team atmosphere with a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to patient care and cutting edge technology. We also offer extensive mentorship and advancement opportunities.

What skills will I be using in these settings?

A variety of skills will be put to use in our inpatient and outpatient settings including examination, evaluation, intervention and discharge planning skills as needed throughout each day. There are a variety of patient impairments to address that will provide opportunities to develop new therapy approaches.

What training is provided?

Main Line Health offers a 90-day orientation period for all new hires. During this time, new hires will receive one-on-one training with an experienced clinician. The amount of time and level of training needed is customized to the individual therapist’s background and experience level. New Hires are also required to attend a full day of system and site-specific orientation during their first 90 days.

What if I want to change my location or setting?

Main Line Health encourages our therapists to continue to grow and be challenged no matter what setting they prefer. Current employees are welcome to apply for other available opportunities within the system and can be transferred if chosen. By taking advantage of this option, our therapists don’t lost seniority or benefits. In addition, we hire full-time traveling (resource) therapists for those that those that prefer an ever changing environment and treating a variety of patient’s needs.

Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital

How does providing therapy in an acute rehabilitation hospital differ from other settings?

An acute rehabilitation hospital provides medical, nursing and therapy services to patients with significant diagnostic complexities. In this environment, our therapy staff serves as an integral part of the patient care team. Our Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has specialized programs for brain injury, stroke, spinal cord disorders and injuries, amputee, as well as medical and orthopaedic rehabilitation. Here, our therapists provide a minimum of three hours of therapy each day to our patients. With our patient care and rehabilitation model, our staff is afforded the opportunity to develop unique skill sets. The ultimate goal of the entire team is to return the patient to their home.

What are the advantages of working in this setting?

Our hospital emphasizes a team approach to patient care and therapists are an integral part of that team as they establish a plan of care and therapy treatment plan for significantly complex patients. In this environment, our therapists develop strong patient and staff relationships as they provide care and treatment for patients in a variety of specialized programs and services.

What skills will I be using in this setting?

Due to the complexities of our patient population and as a result of providing a full continuum of care, therapists can utilize all of their training and develop new skill sets, such as casting, splinting, gait training use of body weight supported ambulation, refinement of neuro handling techniques, and seating and positioning. Therapists can also utilize and/or develop new skills and techniques in aquatic therapy, hippotherapy and horticultural therapy in a unique environment to facilitate positive patient outcomes.

What is it like to work in an acute rehabilitation hospital?

Helping patients attain the highest level of independence possible is the ultimate goal of our patient care team. Therapists are an active member of the multi-disciplinary team. Therapists help to establish goals for each patient and also help establish discharge plans. Because of our unique environment with a patient population that is highly complex, therapists can reach beyond their normal skill sets to establish techniques and routines that help patient reach their highest level of independence.

Will I be part of a team and work with other therapists?

Our patients are treated by a multi-disciplinary care team that includes physical, occupational and speech language pathology clinicians, as well as recreational therapists, horticulture therapists, neurologists, psychologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, nurses and care managers. Weekly team meetings facilitate the interdisciplinary approach to patient care, with the therapist providing details on successful therapy strategies. In addition, as a Main Line Health employee, you are part of a large network of over 400 therapists across the entire organization.

Is there training provided?

Our therapists take part in a clinical mentoring program where a specified clinical mentor meets with you weekly for the first six months of your employment. This unique program provides added value to our patients and our therapists and enhances or team approach to rehabilitation. In addition, each employee receives individualized orientation when hired based on clinical experience. Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital also offers extensive in-service training and continuing education opportunities.

Is this setting right for me?

If you are a compassionate and caring clinician that enjoys working with individuals who need intensive inpatient and outpatient physical and cognitive rehabilitation services, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is the right location for you. If you want to use and expand your skills, while enhancing the lives of your patients and if you want to work in an environment that values you as a professional, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is your perfect destination.

Home care

How does providing therapy in home care differ than other settings?

Home care therapists provide treatment in their patients’ homes, the environment they have to function in every day: their own kitchens, bathrooms, stairs and bedrooms. Home care is also unique because all treatment sessions are one-on-one with the patient. Our therapists find this to be a very rewarding and functional way to provide therapy services.

What are the advantages of working in the home care setting?

FLEXIBILITY OF SCHEDULING is the number one advantage! Therapists make their own schedule with their patient, which allows them to accommodate both patient specific needs, as well as their personal needs, creating an ideal work-life balance. Our home care therapists also generally only see five to six patients per day (in an average eight hour day), as they provide one-on-one care. This differs from other settings like hospitals or outpatient clinics that treat a much higher volume of patients.

How is Main Line Health’s home care service different than other providers?

We are one of the largest home care providers in the Philadelphia region with over 400 employees total, including over 100 therapists. With such a large team, we’re able to offer small geographic territories with minimal travel; a home care therapy program managed and supported by therapists, (not nurses as with many smaller providers); home care student affiliation programs for all three disciplines; well defined therapy policy/procedures to facilitate ease of learning and practice; fully automated documentation system including company provided laptop and cell phone.

Will I be a part of a team and work with other therapists?

The clinical patient care team in home care typically includes one or more of the following disciplines: nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, social work, dietitian, nutritionist, and home health aide. All members of the clinical team communicate frequently through voicemail, email or co-visits. Home care Therapists are also able to collaborate during bi-monthly interactive record review, quarterly journal club meetings, staff meetings, and multiple committee opportunities such as falls, ethics, and patient satisfaction just to name a few.

How is my schedule determined?

You are able to create your own schedule based on the clinical needs of your patients and your availability to work. Typically patients are seen two to three days a week in home care. New patients and changes to your schedule are facilitated by schedulers in the office. Authorization from insurance companies and referral information are fully automated processes and handled by our utilization review and intake departments so you do not have to spend any time communicating directly with insurance companies or referral sources.

Can I select which territory I work in?

The great flexibility of scheduling in home care is paralleled with your territory selection. When you interview with us, you will be asked what territory you would like and how many visits/hours you want to work, we try to accommodate everyone’s needs as best we can. If we do not have a position available in your ideal territory, you will be notified as soon as it becomes available and most therapists are in their ideal territory within one year of joining our organization.

Is training provided?

Absolutely! Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice has the one of the best training programs available for new hires, including those without home care experience. Training generally occurs over a three-month period of time; is customized based on your level of knowledge and experience; and includes a detailed procedural manual. Our training is lead directly by a therapy manager and supported by an advanced clinician and mentor of the same discipline as well as by the educators for Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice. Training includes instruction on how to document in our electronic medical record, job shadow, and a slow ramp-up of your own caseload. New hires are also required to attend Main Line Health system and HomeCare & Hospice orientation. Therapy care team coordinators provide ongoing clinical support for day-to-day problems or issues throughout your career with home care.

Is it safe?

It is safe because of our great support staff that is only a phone call away if problems arise. Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice will not accept a patient onto services if their home situation is unsafe. A detailed and progressive procedure is in place if a situation should arise while a patient is under care, which could include a security escort service or discharge of a patient from services if a safe care environment cannot be obtained.