Social Work Department
At Rutland Regional Medical Center, we know comprehensive care extends far beyond the physical. Illness, injury, treatment and recovery all carry emotional, social , financial and sometimes life-changing implications. The staff in our Social Work Department are committed to helping patients, their loved ones, and members of our community get the support and resources they need.
As an integral part of your health care team, our Masters-level Clinical Social Workers are available on both inpatient and outpatient units, including the Foley Cancer Center, the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit. Their role is to help patients and their families cope with the issues and stresses that come from a long term illness or a health crisis, and facilitate access to resources that may be needed. Social Work services are tailored to fit the individual needs of each patient, family and situation. They may include supportive counseling and assistance with issues such as:
- Patient and Family Adjustment to Illness/Injury/New Diagnosis
- Coping with Patient and Family Stress
- Completion of Advance Directives
- Discharge Planning for Home, Rehabilitation or Extended Care Setting
- Grief, End-of-Life and Loss Issues
- Safety and Crisis Intervention
- Insurance/Financial Needs
- Interpreter Services
- Pastoral Services
Our Social Workers also provide information and assistance for:
- Mental Health Resources
- Substance Abuse Resources
- Community Support Groups
- Other Community Resources
Community Support Programs
Our Social Workers also provide information and referrals to:
- Bridges and Beyond. Trained volunteers provide non-clinical support to patients outside the hospital, such as transportation to doctors’ appointments and grocery shopping. For more information, please call 802.747.3710.
- Lifeline. A personal medical alert service that assures 24/7 quick response and assistance for older adults living at home. For more information, please call 802.747.1816.
- Trauma Support Team. This team, staffed during the day by Rutland Regional Medical Center Clinical Social Workers and by trained volunteers on evenings/weekends/holidays, provides immediate support for trauma patients and their loved ones.