Speech Language Pathologist

  • Legacy Health System
  • Vancouver, Washington
  • Mar 03, 2019

Job Description

Requisition ID: 19-6526
Job Location: Salmon Creek Medical Ctr campus
Department: Pediatric Rehabilitation
Position Status: Regular Full-Time
Avg Hrs/Wk: 40
FTE: 1.00
Pay Range: USD $35.12/Hr. - USD $50.22/Hr.
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Union: Non-union
Work_Days: Mon-Fri, no weekends
Shift: Day


The Legacy mission involves making life better for our patients, our community and each other. That mission drives every area of care and service we provide. As a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, you will make lives better for patients through diagnostic, remediation, and management services for individuals referred to Communication Disorders with speech, language, voice, hearing, language-based cognitive, and/or swallowing disorders. Strong interpersonal skills to ensure that patients are treated with care and dignity will be essential in this role.


EVALUATION AND TREATMENT PLANNING: Age (neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric) and disability appropriate evaluation results establish a baseline and a plan of treatment that facilitates improvement in patient function.

Consistently identifies patient's subjective and objective limitations.

Incorporates age and disability appropriate assessment tools and procedures.

Develops specific, effective and individualized therapeutic programs and establishes measurable long and short term goals including projected time-frames for achievement.

Maximizes patient and caregiver participation in determining goals and planning discharge.

Coordinates treatment plan with team members.

Seeks additional input or assistance, as needed.

TREATMENT IMPLEMENTATION: Treatment is appropriate for age (neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric) as well as disability and is revised as necessary, resulting in optimal patient improvement.

Utilizes age appropriate treatment skills commensurate with level of experience.

Performs modalities and procedures for referred patients in compliance and consistent with established professional practice.

Uses a variety of techniques specifically chosen to meet each individual's unique needs.

Ensures that treatment implementation progression is consistent with goals.

Demonstrates clear clinical reasoning and judgment to support the treatment plan.

Regularly updates and revises the treatment plan, recognizing new problems, a change in patient status or patient's functional limitations.

Seeks out assistance independently, as needed.

May be viewed as a resource.

Actively involves patient and caregiver in implementing treatment goals to ensure functional outcomes.

Supports and incorporates fellow team members' treatment plans into own therapy.

Provides education and opportunities for functional carryover via HEP.

DOCUMENTATION: Documentation complies with professional, agency and payor requirements and is usable by others.

Consistently produces legible, accurate, timely and concise documentation: medical records, letters to physicians, communication with payors and/or vendors, daily flow sheets, and progress notes.

Information is easily understood and pertinent to the patient's plan of care, reflecting patient condition, response to treatment, and functional outcomes.

Documentation reflects a focus on return to work/school needs, when appropriate, and notes patient/family education and home exercise programs.

COMMUNICATION: Written and verbal communications are tailored to meet age/educational levels of patients, families and caregivers, and are delivered in a timely, clear and appropriate manner so that customers have information to meet their needs.

Consistently establishes and nurtures effective, assertive and open communication.

Demonstrates good listening skills and participates with others to resolve problems or improve patient care coordination.

Keeps program manager or clinical coordinator promptly apprised of urgent as well as routine operational issues.

Seeks supervisory assistance as needed in unusual circumstances.

Maintains patient and co-worker confidentiality.

May provide educational in-services within the community as requested, involving lecture, written material and audio-visual aids, if needed.

PATIENT/FAMILY EDUCATION: Education is provided for the neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric patient in order to facilitate recovery, self-care and health maintenance, health promotion and wellness.

Tailored to meet age/educational levels of patient and family.

Recognizes and respects patient/family belief systems.

Tailors educational program to meet realistic patient/family goals.

Provides patient and caregivers with written/verbal home education material.

PROGRAM/TEAM SUPPORT: Participation and support is provided to achieve program, team or department goals.

Actively participates in department CQI activities/outcome tracking.

Acts in ways that support the department's fiscal constraints

Completes timesheet and requested workload statistics promptly.

Demonstrates flexibility and collaboration in staffing, as needed.

Assists in the resolution of day-to-day problems positively and effectively.

Assists with ordering and stocking of adequate supplies, as requested.

Able to balance efforts to achieve team/program goals and patient care needs.

May participate in student program task forces, program development and/or equipment inventory and maintenance.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Professional knowledge is advanced to ensure quality, age and disability appropriate patient care and program excellence.

Participates in staff meetings as requested, in-services, community education programs and other opportunities to communicate the scope of speech-language pathology practice and educate other professionals to utilize services appropriately.

Participates in educational opportunities to update knowledge of techniques appropriate to age/disability of patients served.

Demonstrates competence in new professional knowledge by applying it to enhance treatment quality.

Independently identifies areas of interest for additional study.

Shares knowledge, formally or informally, with others, as requested.

Keeps current on changes in procedures, policies and equipment.

Demonstrates awareness and support of hospital, department and program goals.

Typical Work Schedule: 9:45 am - 6:15 pm on Monday,Wednesday,Thursday and 7:45 am - 4:15 pm Tuesday, Friday



Master's Degree.


Knowledge of medical and neurological terminology and behavioral management techniques.

Exceptional verbal and written skills.

Demonstrates competency, as appropriate to the ages of patients served, in the ability to evaluate and interpret information in terms of the patient's needs; a knowledge of normal growth and development; and an understanding of the range of treatment needed.

Excellent organizational skills to facilitate program development.

Computer skills.


Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy's Values in Action

Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled