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Occupational Therapist IHR-Inpatient/Acute Care Lake Forest Hospital Casual

Location Lake Forest, Illinois Business Unit Lake Forest Hospital Job REQID 118727 Job Function Rehabilitation/Wellness Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now


The Occupational Therapist IHR reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards. This is a flat rate position.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is committed to providing our communities the highest quality health care through exceptional access to state-of-the-art clinical services with compassionate and personal care. Diagnoses and treats speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders.


  • Develops and implements occupational therapy programs aimed at maximizing function while educating patients regarding their limitations.
  • Evaluates patient and gathers appropriate information to determine accurate clinical diagnoses and treatment plan.
  • Establishes appropriate goals based upon functional limitations, diagnosis, and patient's home setting.
  • Communicates treatment program to patient, family and other interdisciplinary personnel; provides emotional support as needed by patient and family.
  • Coordinates and implements the treatment plan.
  •  Treats patients utilizing therapeutic exercise, functional activities, manual techniques, adaptive equipment, and energy conservation.
  •  Evaluates the home setting and makes recommendations and appropriate referrals to assure safe and efficient function within the home.
  •  Re-evaluates patients to maintain effective plans of care and need to recertify for additional cert periods.
  •  Plans for patient discharge by conferring with physicians, patient, interdisciplinary team and family; reviews and finalizes appropriate exercise program and practices for independent and safe care.
  • Documents initial evaluations, progress notes, discharge notes and discharge summaries in patient record accurately and within time frame specified by department policy.
  • Develops and presents educational programs for the department and the community as appropriate and as needed.
  • Instructs, supervises and evaluates the Home Health Aide at least every 14 days as appropriate.
  • Is responsible for maintaining CEU licensure requirements.
  • Reports safety hazards and makes suggestions to improve safety.
  • Work practices consistently reflect understanding of and adaptation to recognized safety standards such as National Patient Safety Goals and OSHA standards.
  • Treats all members of the work team with courtesy and respect at all times.
  • Encourages cooperation, collaboration, and co-ownership of processes, departmentally and across functions.
  • Words and actions consistently demonstrate the principles of honesty and trustworthiness.
  • Assumes personal accountability and seeks to find solutions rather than affix blame.
  • Improve processes, systems, products, or services for the purpose of increasing customer value.
  • Identifies causes of problems; develops alternatives and creative solutions. Solves problems quickly.
  • Adheres to organization, division, and department policies and procedures such as the employee code of conduct, attendance, and parking policies.
  •  Supports organizational and operational improvement activities through attendance at a minimum of 75% of staff meetings, and volunteering in at least one organizationally sponsored initiative per year.



  • Illinois OT License. Current Illinois license in a clinical discipline.
  • One year or less of related work experience required, demonstrating familiarity with routines and procedures customary to the position.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Must demonstrate broad and thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and practices in a professional discipline, specialized or occupational field.


  • BLS
  • More than three up to five years of related work experience required, demonstrating a broad knowledge of the job responsibilities and methods.

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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