Rehabilitation Liaison - WellSpan Surgery and Rehab Hospital - Full Time

York, PA | Nursing | Tracking Code: 74107

Job Description:

Under the general supervision of the Director-Administrative Services, performs activities and duties related to the education of the patient and referral source regarding services along the rehabilitation continuum. Completes and documents thorough preadmission assessments of patients to determine and recommend the most appropriate post-acute care setting to meet the patient’s needs for maximizing independence and health and to support the seamless of transition of patients along the continuum.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Collaborates with physicians, therapists, case managers and others in the early identification of potential candidates for inpatient rehabilitation. Establishes rapport and trust with all. Communicates clearly and follows up on open issues in a timely manner.
  2. Manages referral volume and completes an assessment of all patients referred within one business day.
  3. Actively participates in the development and delivery of education to the patient, family members, referral sources and external payers regarding the effective and efficient utilization of program service and available resources as well as the benefit of physical rehabilitation for patients referred or potential referrals.
  4. Applies clinical evaluation skills and knowledge of rehabilitation services, programs and benefits in the completion of a thorough preadmission assessment to establish medical necessity, readiness for program participation and need for inpatient level rehabilitation services. Assessment includes chart review, clinical physical assessment and interaction with the physician, nurses and therapists directly involved in the patient’s care.
  5. Includes an interview with family members and/or significant others in the evaluation of patients for admission to obtain accurate information relative to premorbid functional status, personal interests, cultural considerations and discharge plans affecting the rehabilitation admission.
  6. Collaborates with the WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital medical director or assigned physician to confirm appropriateness of inpatient setting for those patients recommended for admission. Ensures that this approval is always obtained prior to patient admission to the WSRH.
  7. Recommends other care options, as indicated, in the event patients are not recommended for admission to the WSRH for inpatient rehabilitation.
  8. Serves as a rehabilitation consultant to inpatient acute care providers with attention to rehabilitation potential, therapy progress, discharge plan and feasibility, and special equipment needs to facilitate a seamless transition and hand off of care from one level to the other. Provides regular feedback to acute care providers relative to patient progress and outcomes.
  9. Maintains a thorough and current knowledge of the WellSpan Rehabilitation facilities, products, service and regulatory requirements.
  10. Participates in the insurance authorization process as needed. Provides clinical information and works to establish the most cost effective plans for rehabilitation that will meet the patient’s need. Supports physician to physician negotiation when called for. Assertively advocates for the patient.


  • Associate's Degree
  • Registration and current licensure as a clinician in PA (e.g., RN, PT, OT, SP, RRT)
  • 3 – 5 years (Minimum 2 years in a rehabilitation hospital setting)
  • Rehabilitation Therapy, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy experience 
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Why WellSpan Health?

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization comprises a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 20,000 employees and 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Employment Benefits

  • Sign-on incentives for new employees (click here for details)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • PTO bridging
  • Short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Forgivable loan
  • Flexible spending
  • Credit union
  • Employee recreational activities
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary medicine discounts

Diversity & Inclusion

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Wellspan Health believes that diversity includes all the human characteristics that make each of us similar as well as different. We strive to make every person feel welcomed, respected, and valued while creating a safe and inclusive environment where we all have the individual freedom to express our uniqueness in a respectful manner.

WellSpan Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy and intention of the System to maintain consistent and equal treatment toward applicants and employees of all job classifications without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

Quality of Life

Founded in 1741, the city of York is considered by many as the first capital of the United States. The Articles of Confederation were signed by the Second Continental Congress here in 1777. Its beautifully restored historic district is an architectural treasure. While York retains its farming and manufacturing heritage, at its heart York is a thriving cultural community that has attracted creative talent and innovative entrepreneurial investors from across the nation.

Life in York County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, semi-professional baseball team, fine dining and more — within an easy drive of major East Coast cities.

York County residents can find local employment in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, agricultural and service sectors. (Patient population: 445,000)