Physical Therapist - Inpatient Acute Care

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  • Northwest Health - La Porte Northwest Health - La Porte

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  • Full Time

Job Description

Join a patient centered team committed to not only supporting our patients but each other! Compassionate Caring is our Calling!

The Physical Therapist within the Wellness and Rehab Department assumes responsibility and accountability for the total care of a designated group of patients/clients under the clinical direction of the authorizing physical therapist.  

We know it’s not just about finding a job. It’s about finding a place where you are respected, valued and where your work is purposeful and fulfilling. A place where your talent is recognized, professional development is encouraged and career advancement is possible. 

Northwest Health is a regional healthcare network composed of three hospitals and an extensive medical group. We offer patients a broader range of services and experiences than any one hospital could provide. We are integrated to give our patients access to quality clinical knowledge, dedicated to providing advanced treatments and technology and routinely recognized nationally for our quality of care.

The Northwest Health network includes:

Northwest Health includes the following hospital locations to better serve you:

Employment Requirements:

  • Successful completion of drug screen
  • Employment background check

La Porte Hospital is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, disability, veteran status or national origin. 

Physical Therapist - Inpatient Acute Care, Full Time - Days, Sign-on bonus up to $20,000


  • Requires a minimum of an entry-level Bachelor Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Preferred Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy


  • Requires a minimum of an entry-level Bachelor Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience in Physical Therapy is preferred, with at least 1 years’ experience in a relevant clinical, Physical Therapy setting preferred
  • Graduation from an accredited Physical Therapy program. Passing score on the APTA national exam, and an active Indiana License to practice Physical Therapy Additional certifications for specialty areas is desired, but not required
  • CPR certification required within 6 months of hire
  • Advanced certifications are preferred for specialty areas

About the job: 

  • Patient evaluation - Administers appropriate outcome measures during evaluation procedures for all patient populations served. In case of an assistant, follows the plan of care set by the evaluating therapist.
  • Therapy planning - Develops treatment plan, goals and objectives based on patient / family identified goals.
  • Treatment - Utilizes appropriate treatment methods and documents on these timely.
  • Patient education - Utilizes appropriate education and training methods and involves patient / family and documents on them appropriately.
  • Documentation on Pain and medication – Utilizes appropriate measures to note patient complaint on any pain reported and appropriately addresses the complaint. Takes detailed account of any medications that impacts patient care during the treatment process
  • Meetings – Attends necessary department and site meetings and participates positively in the process of improvement.
  • Develop Expertise - Takes action to continue to develop and acquire new expertise that is of increasing value to the organization
  • Participates positively in meeting the department productivity standards
  • Participates positively in meeting the department no-show rate standards
  • Participates by providing assistance across facilities when demanded by the need for patient care. All therapists will be trained in providing care in acute care within 6 months of hire.
  • Attitude - Provides highest quality service and meeting customers' needs with utmost kindness, care, compassion, courtesy, empathy, respect and friendliness. Always acknowledges and serves customers with a friendly, open smile and direct eye contact.
  • Appearance - Takes pride in personal appearance, the facility and its surroundings.
  • Commitment to Coworkers - Recognizes we are linked to one another by a common purpose; serving our patients and our community, that we are team members with our physicians and co-workers, and that we each deserve respect and support.
  • Communication - Listens attentively to our customers to fully understand needs. Pays close attention to both verbal and non-verbal communication. Is committed to exceeding customers' expectations and providing more than what is expected.
  • Customer Waiting - Provides prompt service, keeps customers informed regarding the time in which the service will be performed and makes customers comfortable while they are waiting.
  • Privacy – Maintains customer privacy and confidentiality
  • Responsiveness - Acknowledges every approaching patient or family member. Responds in a way that demonstrates the care, courtesy and respect our customers deserve.
  • Safety Awareness - Ensures an accident-free environment. Establishes, promotes and monitors a proactive innovative approach to enhance hospital and patient safety. Adheres to and ensures compliance with Joint commission Patient Safety Goals and hospital safety policies.
  • Sense of Ownership - Demonstrates a sense of ownership in their job, takes pride in what they do, and how they do it. Accepts responsibility for and is in control of the job that needs to be done
  • Team Member is accountable for areas of responsibility meeting regulatory requirements including but not limited to maintaining annual TB testing, completing annual mandatories (ALC and competency), and maintaining current registration/certification/licensures as appropriate to position requirements.


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