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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID-Needham) recently marked National Professional Social Work Month with a reception for its dedicated social workers who provide patients and their families with exceptional care every day.

  • Date: 4/1/2010

"Our social workers go above and beyond their usual work to make sure our patients feel safe and have the appropriate services while they are in the hospital and when they go home," said Penny Greenberg, RN, MS, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. "Patients continually write to us about the tireless dedication and kindness of our social work team."
Social workers address and provide psychosocial support, crisis intervention, and referrals for patients and their families. Social work services are also available for patients seen in outpatient clinics and the Emergency Department. The Social Service and Case Management Department also maintains information about community resources and works collaboratively with various health care and human services agencies.
"Our team's first priority is helping our patients and families navigate difficult life transitions," said Merrill Adler, Director of Social Service and Case Management. "We are aware of the challenges families face when their loved one is sick and we want to help them gain access to services as quickly and easily as possible."

About The National Association of Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with nearly 150,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

Pictured, Left to Right--Heidi Alpert, RN, Senior Clinical Director; Merrill Adler, Director Social Service and Case Management; Penny Greenberg, RN, MS, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at a recent reception to honor Beth Israel Deaconess-Needham's team of social workers for National Social Work Month.