Jul 22, 2021

Speech Language Pathologist

  • St. Joseph Health & Covenant Health
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Speech Therapy

Job Description

We are looking for a Speech Language Pathologist with Speech Therapy-SRM at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Schedule: On Call / Per Diem

Shift: 8-hour Days

Job Summary:

The practice of speech-language pathology shall include assessment, treatment, planning, implementation, education, communication, and demonstration of techniques addressing speech language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders to meet the needs of patients and their families with supervisory guidance provided as needed. Therapists completing a Clinical Fellowship year will receive supervision in accordance with rules delineated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs comprehensive assessment of speech-language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders and identifies strengths and deficits in accordance with diagnosis. Performs hearing screenings as indicated.
  • Demonstrates understanding of Medicare regulations as they relate to medical necessity, sustained functional improvement, reasonable frequency and duration of treatments and documentation procedures. Uses advanced beneficiary notification procedure when appropriate.
  • Establishes measurable short and long term goals with time frames based on initial assessment and modifies goals based on re-evaluative procedures.
  • Selects appropriate therapeutic methods and provides treatment of speech-language, cognitive and swallowing disorders to meet functional goals set.
  • Provides education to patient, families, and staff, as needed, regarding diagnosis, strengths and deficits, rationale of treatment, recommendations, and home programs.
  • Documents evaluation, treatment goals, progress, and discharge status in a timely manner in accordance with policies of Rehabilitation Services, Medicare, JCAHO.
  • Complies with established hospital and departmental policies and procedures, objectives, and quality improvement programs, as well as safety and infection control programs.
  • Adheres to rules regarding standards of practice and code of ethics of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association including rules regarding Clinical Fellowship Year. Complies with licensure and certification renewal requirements.
  • Participates in team conferences, family conferences, speech pathology staff meetings, Rehabilitation and/or Extended Care meetings, and trauma rounds as necessary.
  • Enhances professional growth and development of self and others through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.
  • Speech-Language Pathology:
  • Transports patients to and from group therapy sessions.
  • Monitors patients in feeding groups to reinforce feeding and swallowing strategies and to watch for signs of aspiration.
  • Assists outpatients undergoing Modified Barium Swallow procedure with completion of necessary paperwork. If patient is a nursing home resident and is unable to complete paperwork, ensures that paperwork is completed by the long-term care facility prior to patient being sent for swallow study.
  • Assists with Modified Barium Swallow procedure including mixing of barium consistencies, transferring patients to and from wheelchair, and making sure the study is being videotaped.
  • Completes office duties including faxing of reports and mailing paperwork to physicians’ offices and to patients.
  • Prepares communication boards.
  • Maintains an inventory of materials and equipment and is responsible for sending equipment such as laryngeal mirrors to be cleaned. Assists in completing paperwork required to order supplies or material.


  • Knowledge of practice and principles of Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Interpersonal Skills.
  • Communication Skills (written and verbal).
  • Problem Solving Skills.
  • Organizational Skills.
  • Knowledge of Information Systems.
  • Ability to adapt.

Position Requirements:


  • Master's Degree from an accredited Speech-Language Pathology program.
  • Completion of, or eligibility for, Clinical Fellowship Year.
  • Speech-Language Pathology Area of Specialization - Completion of competencies for:
  • Therapeutic feedings,
  • Patient transfers, and
  • Assistance with Modified Barium Swallow studies.


  • California license in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Certification of Clinical Competence, Or eligible for certification and membership in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • CPR Certification.

Preferred Position Qualifications:


  • Educated or trained in dysphagia assessment and management.


  • 1 year Acute care or inpatient rehabilitation experience.

Providence St. Joseph Health (Providence) has worked for decades to improve health and quality of life in California's North Bay region, starting in Sonoma County, where the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange opened the doors of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in 1950. Today, we continue the mission begun by the Sisters to those we serve through an integrated spectrum of primary, urgent, acute, outpatient, palliative care and regional referral services. Sonoma County facilities aligned with Providence include the 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the region's only Level II trauma center. In addition, the 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital and 43-bed Healdsburg Hospital are secular (non-religious) affiliates of Providence. Our services also encompass three Urgent Care centers, Hospice of Petaluma, Memorial Hospice and North County Hospice, the Annadel Medical Group doing business as St. Joseph Health Medical Group, as well as the St. Joseph Home Care Network (post-acute care services). We act as a regional referral hub for outlying hospitals, while also providing outpatient behavioral health care, education to promote health and prevent chronic disease, rehabilitation, oral health care, community benefit programs, and more, all fostering health and quality of life throughout the area.Providence provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Providence complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: Sonoma County Entities

Category: Speech Therapy

Req ID: R325391