Medical social workers help patients and their families understand a particular illness, work through the emotions brought up by a diagnosis, and address and resolve the social, financial and psychological problems related to their health condition.
Medical social workers are also essential members of interdisciplinary hospital teams. Working in concert with doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals, social workers sensitize other health care providers to the social and emotional aspects of a patient’s illness. Our social workers provide care for newborns through elderly patients, assessing their needs, and providing resource referrals to smooth the transition to continued care with community programs. This may include:
- Eligibility programs
- Information and assistance with advance health care directives
- Long-term and end-of-life care, including hospice information and referrals
Natalie McKelvey, LCSW: (408) 947-2528
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.