Inpatient Social Worker - Cardiology/LVAD Specialty

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Location: US:PA:Hershey
Work Type: Full Time
FTE: 1.00
Shift: Day
Hours: 8:00a - 4:30p, Occasional Weekends/Holidays

Penn State Health is seeking a compassionate and patient-focused Inpatient Social Worker to join our collaborative team of professionals at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


Our exemplary team of Inpatient Social Workers are essential liaisons between patient, family, physicians, community and organizational resources to promote the coordination of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Our Inpatient Social Workers collaborates with physicians, staff nurses, and care coordinators to determine patient care needs, readiness for discharge, and the need for home-health services or other community-based resources. This individual will play a significant role in making connections and referrals to the health agencies, mental health facilities, counseling services, and other social and governmental departments that would be the best resource in ensuring patient needs are met. 

Our team’s goal is always to provide an exceptional patient experience while helping our patients and their families get the resources they need to thrive. A rewarding and demanding role in which the Inpatient Social worker prioritizes patient caseload which includes Medicare and resource-intensive patients. 


Masters of Social Work degree from a Council of Social Work Education school of social work with 1 to 2 years effective experience required


Ability to establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with internal and external health professionals

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Ability to use problem solving techniques to achieve desired results and effective change

Ability to function effectively in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment

Ability to organize, prioritize, and time manage responsibilities

Basic computer skills with effective keyboarding abilities


Minimum of two years of acute care case management/social work experience

Knowledge of PC based computer software (Cerner, Navihealth/Curaspan)

Current social work licensure in Pennsylvania

Certification in case management from a nationally recognized organization


Penn State Health is one of the leading teaching and research hospitals in the country. It is a multi-hospital health system, Academic Medical Center and Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center serving patients and communities across Central Pennsylvania. The system includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children's Hospital, and Penn State Cancer Institute in scenic Hershey, PA. It also includes Penn State Health Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Reading, PA, Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center in Camp Hill, PA, and Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center in Enola, PA. Penn State Health shares an integrated strategic plan and operations with Penn State College of Medicine.

Why Penn State Health?

Penn State Health provides an incredible opportunity for an experienced Social Worker to make direct and lasting impact in the lives of individuals and their families. As a member of this crucial team of Social Work professionals, you will have the opportunity to learn from experienced individuals continuously seeking out ways to stay on top of changes, while expanding your knowledge in the growing field of healthcare. Join an organization with a reputation for amazing patient care and innovation.

We offer exceptional benefits including a comprehensive healthcare plan, stellar educational programs, and an exemplary paid time off program to ensure our employees are able to enjoy a strong life/work balance!

If chosen for this position, you may required to pass a Post Offer Employment Physical Exam in accordance with the measurements listed in the Work Task Analysis (WTA) report. This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position. All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.

Penn State Health is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is unapologetically expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, martial status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please call 717-531-8440 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday, email or download our Accommodation Instructions for Job Applicants PDF for more detailed steps for assistance.

Union: Non Bargained