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The Clearfield Hospital Social Work Department exists to promote and facilitate the holistic care of each individual patient from his or her admission to one or more of our services to their return to the community or discharge from the service; to ensure patients and their families have information and access to a variety of community resources to enable them to make informed decisions.

The Clearfield Hospital Social Workers provide services to help patients and their families and caregivers manage and overcome difficult circumstances related to their health and recovery. Assistance can be provided to cope with the emotional stress of an accident or illness, to arrange for financial relief and ongoing help to access and utilize community programs and resources to help patients in every way possible.

Clearfield Hospital Social Workers provide services to patients in all of the inpatient and outpatient settings, including: Home Health, Bright Horizons, Healthy Beginnings, Acute and Swing bed, Intensive Care, Rehab Departments, Emergency Department, Wound Clinic, Nathaniel D. Yingling, M.D., Cancer Center, Ambulatory Care and Hospice.

Social Work services by department:

Bright Horizon Inpatient/Outpatient: The social worker provides therapeutic services to adult and geriatric patients, and provides therapy services to patients and their families with most emphasis on group, individual and family therapy. The social worker assists patients in developing coping skills to deal with physical changes, cognitive losses, emotional and behavioral and lifestyle changes, and develops appropriate discharge plans- including referral to Personal Care Homes, Nursing Homes, and arranging appropriate services in the home- including Home Health, Outpatient Services, etc.

Healthy Beginnings: The social worker provides educational and counseling information on what to expect during each stage of pregnancy, stress management, disciplining, parenting, and child rearing strategies at each developmental level.

Home Health: Social workers provide in-home social service assessments and referrals as needed.

Hospital inpatient (Ambulatory Care, Emergency Department, Wound Care, Acute Care, Intensive Care, Rehab): The hospital social worker is part of an interdisciplinary team that works to provide for the holistic needs of the patient from admission to ensuring their discharge and return to the community is planned and appropriate to meet the patient’s needs. The social worker will assist patients and their families in developing the most appropriate discharge plan for their individual needs; referrals to meet patients’ psychological, physical, medical, social, medication and financial needs.

Hospice: Social worker provides in-home support services for the patient, caregiver and family. The hospice social worker assists patients and their families through the grieving process and to access appropriate community and referral resources.

Nathaniel Yingling Cancer Center: The cancer center social worker provides individual and group counseling session for patients, family members and caregivers struggling with the impact of a cancer diagnosis on their finances and family’s emotional, physical and psychological well being. A Social Worker facilitates Hope is Alive Support Group at the Cancer Center; providing weekly group sessions for patients, caregivers, and family members to ask questions and discuss their thoughts and feelings related to the impact of a cancer diagnosis and life after diagnosis. The support group facilitates fundraisers to benefit patients; the annual Chemo Bag and Ensure Projects, Kathy Wolford Animal Sanctuary, a foster care program for the pets of cancer patients while they receive treatment the Cancer Center.

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