As trained listeners, social workers in the healthcare setting help provide support at a time when patients and their families need it most.
The most important role of a healthcare social worker is to help the client and the family to understand the client’s illness, work through the emotions of a diagnosis and provide counsel about the decisions that need to be made.
This month, Memorial recognizes the members of the Social Work Team during National Social Work Month. Members of the Social Work Team include: (in front) Angelia Chaney, BSW; Kristin Algien, MSW; and Minerva Palomino, BSW. (In back) Ron Fryar, RN case manager; Deborah Walters, director of case management; Annetta Quave, MSW; Tracy Parker, RN case manager; Allison James, LCSW; Nita Mayo, RN case manager; Becca O’Quinn, RN case manager; Becky Slemmons, RN case management coordinator; and Amanda Johnson, BSN case manager.
Social workers, in a medical or public health setting, may also arrange for at-home services, such as meals-on-wheels or home care.