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St. Peters Health Occupational Therapist - Home Health 0.8 FTE 7043.023 in Helena, Montana

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission St. Peter's Health partners with our patients and the community to provide exceptional and compassionate health care.

Vision To be the “gold standard” for health care in Montana.


  • People First : caring culture that protects its team members

  • Strategic Plan : visionary and forward-looking focus

  • Operational Excellence : maximum efficiency and stewardship of resources

  • Innovation & Technology : state-of-the-art methods and tools for delivering care

  • Quality Management System : system of standards to consistently achieve high quality outcomes

  • Healthy Communities : meaningful impact on our community’s health and well-being

    JOB SUMMARY (Overview of job): Responsible for evaluation, planning, directing and administrating Occupational Therapy (OT) modalities to individuals that will promote independence and quality of life. Occupational therapy is prescribed by a licensed physician. Develops an individualized plan of care for the patient in an effort to improve, sustain or restore independence to individuals who have had an injury, illness, disability or cognitive dysfunction. The Occupational Therapist will assist patients to reach their maximum performance goals through learning life skills, develop or regain physical or mental functioning or adjust to disabilities by implementing programs involving manual arts and crafts, practice in functional, prevocational, vocational, and homemaking skills, activities of daily living, and sensorimotor, educational, recreational, and social activities. Promotes maximum independence by selecting and constructing therapies according to individual's physical capacity, intelligence level, and interest.

    Provides direct patient care in the home or setting where the patient refers to as home. The OT is under the direction of the Director or designee. Performs detailed and accurate assessments utilizing a standardized assessment (OASIS) of patients and completes documentation in a timely and accurate manner according to home health policy and regulatory requirements. Facilitates patient hand-offs and provides assistance to move the patient through the care continuum. Works collaboratively with other members of the healthcare team, physicians, and the community emphasizing a teamwork environment. Understands the principles of financial stewardship and accessing community resources. Ability to implement quality care standards for patients served. Coordinates provision of patient care for assigned patients, maintains competency levels annually and attends continuing education as applicable. Delegates appropriate tasks as needed. Works with the Director and/or Clinical Manager/Coordinator to assure patient visits are being provided as outlined in the plan of care.

    COMMUNICATION : Demonstrates good communication skills to facilitate implementation of quality core measures, attends meetings and weekly case conferences. Maintains open communication with the interdisciplinary team. Maintains open communication with the Director and/or clinical coordinator in relation to patient assignments, responsibilities or patient concerns. Utilizes appropriate chain of command to collaboratively and proactively problem solve as needed. Diffuses patient/family complaints prior to involving the Director or clinical coordinator. Attends education when offered related to competencies or changes in processes. Understands regulatory and compliance standards to assure the provision of safe, cost effective and quality care. Attends committee meetings as assigned by the Director.

    ADAPTABILITY : Has a “can do” attitude, promotes team-work, and a no-blaming environment while setting the tone for the department by being a good role model. Maintains a positive attitude and flexibility regarding fluctuating patient census and staffing needs. Demonstrates critical thinking skills and actively completes assignments, documentation per agency policy. Able to prioritize and multi-task when the department gets busy. Remains calm during stressful times.

    SPECIFIC DUTIES : Conducts all OASIS time points and assessments in a timely manner according to regulatory guidelines. Serves as a team resource and assists staff members as available with difficult patient situations. Understands the principles of patient education and health literacy to promote patient self-management skills and ADL/IADL functioning. Develops an individualized home plan of care. Conducts home safety evaluations. Provide evaluation/consultation visits with certified home health aides for bathing and safety. Assesses the home environment for adaptive equipment needs. Provides OT to various types of patients which may include; dementia, learning disabilities and chronic diseases. Regularly attends staff meetings and educational programs as applicable or mandated. Effectively manages time and resources responsibly. Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team in providing quality care to home care patients. Effectively works with the Home Health Clinical Manager/Coordinator and/or Lead Physical Therapist.

    KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE : At least 2 years of Acute Care, Outpatient, Rehabilitation, Home Health, or other relevant experience required. Sufficient knowledge, critical thinking skills, and experience to demonstrate ability to work autonomously. Experience working in a Home and Community Based Program is a plus.

    EDUCATION : Graduate of an approved school of Occupational Therapy or graduate of accredited college or university with a certificate in Occupational Therapy.

    LICENSE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRY : Current Montana State Occupational Therapy Licensure; BLS required.

    Aptitudes : Mental acuity/intelligence -ability to recognize changes in client's physical and mental capacity. Determine if other disciplines need to be added to the plan of care (nursing, MSS, ST) Able to interact with patients and families providing excellent care as well as excellent customer service. Knowledge of computer programs and ability to learn computer system for clinical documentation. Numerical/mathematical skills to be able to measure for needed adjustments, weights. Mechanical-ability to explain and educate clients to equipment, adjust walkers, crutches, wheel-chairs. Organization-ability to allocate appropriate time and resources efficiently to meet client needs.

    Ability to achieve cognitive, organization and emotional maturity to deal respectfully and effectively with multiple tasks, stresses, deadlines, difficult situations and/or patients. Possesses positive interpersonal and communication skills necessary for effective, non-judgmental, and empathetic patient care and customer relations. Ability to achieve expected organizational behavioral standards. Open to feedback and a quickly changing environment, which requires flexibility in scheduling, equipment, and department assignments. Strives to put the patient first above personal needs and beliefs. Acts as a mentor to less experienced staff.


  • Demonstrated ability to create an environment of mutual trust and respect and two-way communication with all team members

  • Demonstrated ability to build a close team and inspire a team spirit.

  • Demonstrated ability to actively pursue positive change, both personally and organizationally. Demonstrated ability to adapt to change.

  • Demonstrated willingness to serve key constituents, including patients, families, coworkers, physicians, the community, and the organization and to exceed customer expectations.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary team for the benefit of the organization as a whole.

  • Demonstrated ability to control limited healthcare resources by effectively managing the organization’s financial and supply resources.

  • Demonstrated integrity by actions that are consistent with what she/he says, communicating ideas openly and directly, and welcoming openness and honesty of others.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and conflicting priorities, stressors, deadlines, difficult situations, and/or customers effectively.

  • Demonstrated ability for a strong work ethic related to St. Peter’s Illness Policy.