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Social Work Services

At Lake Regional, we understand that hospitalization, illness or injury can be stressful. Social workers are available in the hospital to help patients and their families manage the broad range of psychosocial issues and stresses related to coping with illness and maintaining health.

Social workers are professionally trained members of the Lake Regional Health System staff. They help patients and their families with the social, financial, psychological and family problems associated with an illness or subsequent hospitalization or outpatient treatment. They also have primary responsibility for providing and coordinating discharge planning services for patients.

A member of the hospital's social work staff visits privately with patients and their family members to discuss their needs. Communication is encouraged between the patient, family members and the health care team to gain a better understanding of the patient's situation. All information shared with a Lake Regional social worker is confidential. With patient approval, the social worker also may contact other community agencies to assist, when needed.

Lake Regional's social workers:

  • Help with lifestyle adjustments to illness and hospitalization or treatment
  • Plan for hospital discharge and arrangements for post-hospital needs
  • Inform patients of/refer patients to hospital and community resources
  • Provide counseling for personal or financial problems related to the medical condition
  • Provide health education
  • Assist with advance directives

Our Social Workers Are Here to Help

To receive assistance from the Social Work Services department ask your physician or nurse or call the Social Work Services office at 573.302.3228. All services are available for hospital inpatients and outpatients, as well as their family members. Social work services are confidential and offered at no cost to the patient.