Social workers at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital provide a wide variety of vital services to patients and their families. Jana Paulsgrove, MSW, Director of Social Services at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital explains, “We all act as a liaison between hospital staff and the patient’s family. Our biggest roles are being with the family during admission, offering support throughout the hospitalization and then getting the child discharged with all the resources, equipment, follow up appointments, and services in the home that are needed.”
These services have a huge impact on families, as Paulsgrove knows from her own experience. Throughout her childhood, Paulsgrove watched and learned while her sister, Sara, was a patient at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. “The work of social workers at The Children’s Center inspired me to dedicate my life to helping and encouraging others,” Paulsgrove says. “The support and compassion provided to my family by the social work staff throughout my sister’s fifteen year stay motivated me to enter the profession.”
Paulsgrove’s office door features a sign that reads, “Kindness…Pass it on” – a fitting motto for the Hospital’s team of social workers who, through their dedication and training, help families through the unexpected. Families who are dealing with the hospitalization of a child rely on these caring professionals to help them navigate new and difficult situations.
We join the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) this month in recognizing the amazing work done by our Social Services staff in advocating for the needs of both patients and their families. In the words of NASW, “They confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live.”
Years from now, Jana or any one of our Social Services staff members may find out they inspired someone touched by their work. Paulsgrove says, “When I ask my mom about her social workers and what they meant to her, she says the social worker’s face is the first thing that comes to her mind when she thinks about The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.”