Kaiser Permanente Speech Pathologist - Pediatric Feeding in Clackamas, Oregon

Provides diagnostic and treatment interventions to assigned patient popuation to improve the patient's speech/language, oral/facial musculature and structure, cognitive skills, voice, fluency, breathing and/or swallowing abilities to maximum potential. The Speech Pathologist will provide this treatment per physician's order and coordinate therapeutic activities with the patient, caregiver and other health care disciplines. The speech pathologist will work as part of the interdisciplinary team and follow the Kaiser and the department guidelines. Travels to various settings providing speech pathology services throughout the Northwest region as determined by the needs of the department.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates patients communication/articulation, physical, cognitive, breathing, swallowing status, functional abilities and age specific needs of patients to determine the current level of functioning, self-care, self- responsibility, independence and quality of life.

  • Develops and implements a treatment plan which involves the patient, family, and social support system, Identifies and provides skilled interventions to reach achievable goals, coordinates and collaborates on treatment options, advocates enhancing patient's social support systems; facilitates appropriate environmental modifications. Provides medically necessary treatments based on established departmental guidelines and protocols; provides skills based on competency check lists. Provides ongoing assessment and analysis of patient functioning and progress. This therapy involves providing treatment which takes into account the risks and benefits of that treatment regime relevant to the patient's medical condition, rehabilitation potential and prognosis. Travels to various settings providing speech pathology services throughout the northwest region as determined by the needs of the department.

  • Provides timely and complete documentation following department guidelines and compliance requirements. Follows any indicated HIPPA, Medicare, Medicaid, Joint Commission as well as state, organizational and department rules.

  • Coordinates therapy activities with other health care disciplines. This includes coordinating services through consultation with appropriate agencies to ensure follow-up and continuing care as needed. Participates in quality and performance improvement activities within the department including but not limited to measurement and continuous improvement of clinical competency, regulatory compliance, outcome achievement, resource management, work team performance and customer satisfaction. Performs other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications:

Experience

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of complex pediatric feeding evaluation, treatment, home program and post-NICU care

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in feeding evaluation and neuroprotective treatment as a member of a NICU team

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in cleft palate feeding and related care

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in infant/pediatric VFSS/MBSS procedures, interpretation and treatment planning

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, pragmatics, fluency, articulation, autism and motor speech

Education

  • Master's degree in speech pathology and completion of speech pathology patient training through Master's speech pathology program

License, Certification, Registration

  • Licensed in Speech Pathology in Oregon and Washington. Requires license in primary state, (Oregon or Washington) prior to first day of employment. Application for licensure in secondary state must be made within five (5) weeks of start date. License in both states required within five (5) months of hire/transfer.

  • Certification of clinical competency from American Speech and Hearing Association required at time of hire/transfer.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required upon hire/transfer.

  • Valid Drivers License upon hire/transfer.

  • National Provider Identifier (NPI) required prior to employment start date.

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrates customer-focused service skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of complex pediatric feeding

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, pragmatics, fluency, articulation, motor speech, voice, autism, and AAC

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in pediatric FEES

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric voice and AAC

  • Experience as a speech pathologist seeing an outpatient caseload.

  • Experience with treating dysphagic patients.

  • Experience with treating assigned patient population.

  • Ability to both evaluate and treat patients with dysphagia.

  • Ability to scope patients during a fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing.

  • Ability to evaluate assigned patient population with specific skills in administering language, cognitive and articulation assessments.

  • Ability to treat assigned patient population with specific skills in treating patients with language, cognitive and communication deficits.

  • Ability to provide evaluation and treatment for patients with the following disorders: Dysphagia, voice disorder, communication/articulation problems, cognitive deficits.

  • Able to work autonomously and manage their own case load.

  • Excellent time management, problem solving and customer service skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Operational knowledge or ability to learn computerized clinical documentation and office application systems.

COMPANY: KAISER

TITLE: Speech Pathologist - Pediatric Feeding

LOCATION: Clackamas, Oregon

REQNUMBER: 731121

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.