Social Worker – Hospice | Full-Time

Holly Thompson

Position Summary 

Social Work will perform duties as assigned for

Bereavement:   Provides emotional care to terminally ill patients and their families as well as grief support to the family after the death of the patient.  Ability to work with people of various religious faiths and cultures.  Responsible for developing bereavement programs and overseeing current programs, including social activities and grief support groups. Will provide grief support to Thadd’s Place.  

Social Work:   Responsible for consultation and direction of Social Service in Hospice and Home Health including co-supervision of casual social workers.  Provides orientation and education to the social workers, spiritual counselors, volunteers and nursing staff.  Develops, organizes and implements programs, policies and procedures, conducts case work services and counseling and recommends functions necessary to ensure overall operational viability. 

 Participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Promotes the mission, vision and values of the BMHD.
  • Core Hospice discipline. To be knowledgeable about state and federal regulations related to social work
  • Develop a personalized plan of care that addresses the psychosocial needs of each patient and family.
  • Be knowledgeable of Community Recourses and know how to make connections and referrals where needed.
  • Ongoing orientation and education to the social workers, spiritual counselors and volunteers
  • Helps plan/organize Hospice fundraisers Plan, implement coordinate, and oversee the Bereavement program, including the provision of individual grief support, support groups, and training bereavement volunteers.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications, attending webinars, establishing professional networks, participates in professional organizations.
  • Home Health psychosocial needs of each patient and family
  • Any additional duties pertaining to the daily operations of the Hospice Agency as assigned by the  Director.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Maintains self-motivation and sustains a high level of momentum.
  • Able to successfully prioritize when faced with requests, demands and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of customer service concepts.
  • Must be extremely detail oriented and able to perform social work duties as well as detailed record keeping
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both in written and oral form.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team, in a fast-paced production-oriented environment.
  • Proven presentation skills.
  • Expresses excellent judgment, discretion and decision making abilities.
  • Maintains a sensitive, fair and impartial approach to dealing with employees.
  • Supports and maintains a culture of safety, quality and positive patient experience.
  • Working knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements, CMS, National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs), and continued readiness related to healthcare or hospital standards.
  • Ability to prioritize, highly organized.

Education, Experience & Certification/Licensure


  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work supervised by LCSW
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certified by American Heart Association (AHA).
    • MUST obtain within 60 days of hire.
  • Valid Permit or Driver’s License


  • Great Social Skills, and learns new skills quickly.
  • Working experience in hospice or medical, critical access hospital setting
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Special Education in Grief

For More Information, Contact

Holly Thompson, Human Resources | 541-575-3820

Why Blue Mountain Hospital District & Grant County?

The Blue Mountain Hospital District (BMHD) is located in Grant County, Oregon, at the heart of the John Day River, in beautiful, rural, Eastern Oregon.  Our District is comprised of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), Family & Rural Medicine Clinic, Home Health and Hospice, Emergency Medical Services, an Intermediate Care Center and all of the supporting ancillary departments necessary to care for the health and wellness of our community. Our District spans from John Day to Prairie City, nestled in a valley surrounded by the Blue Mountains.  The Strawberry Mountain Range and John Day River Valley offers a variety of outdoor activities, from abundant hiking/mountain biking/horse riding trails, to high and low lakes and ponds.  Our area is known to be a “go to” place not just for recreation, but also for big game hunting and fishing! Join our family-like team and settle into a lifestyle that is hard to beat! For more information on our area, visit our Grant County Chamber of Commerce and Discover John Day pages at: and