Howard Head Sports Medicine has been proudly serving Eagle County and beyond since 1990 when Howard Head, world-renowned for forever changing skiing and racquet sports, and his wife, Martha Head, made a generous donation to open Howard Head Physical Therapy Clinic at Vail Health. Soon thereafter, the clinic began developing extensive therapy protocols for rehabilitation, setting new standards for research and innovation in the physical therapy field worldwide. Today, Howard Head has 10 clinics serving Eagle, Summit and the surrounding counties, as well as visitors from around the world who trust Vail as a center of orthopaedic excellence.
Join our team!
The Occupational Therapist (OT) is responsible for the overall coordination of the clinical functions of the inpatient setting. Primary job duties to provide direct patient care involving evaluation, treatment, assessment and education of adaptive equipment and devices, communication with hospital interdisciplinary team members, and family/ caregiver education as appropriate. The Occupational Therapist creates an environment and culture that enables the hospital to fulfill its mission by providing patient safety and patient-centered treatment.
Provides skilled occupational therapy in accordance with physician plan of care. Assist in assessing patients’ functional level by applying appropriate tests and measures in the development and revision of plan of care.
Promotes and has knowledge of and utilizes appropriate patient care protocol relating to physical, psychosocial and developmental needs for neonatal, pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.
Establish occupational therapy interventions based upon the evaluation and examination, physician orders, life roles, and patient goals for therapy.
Provides care relating to the needs of patients in multiple areas including but not limited to; Patient Care Unit, Patient Acute Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Surgical/Medical Centers, and Obstetrics Department (if qualified to do so per specific MD order).
Educates and instructs patient, family or care givers in the phases of occupational therapy in which they may assist the client; instructs in the use of prosthetics, splint wear and care, orthotic devices and durable medical equipment as appropriate to ensure safe and successful discharge. Will be responsible for developing skills to independently fabricate common static splits per MD order.
Treats patient to relieve pain, develop and restore function and maintain maximum individualized performance using occupational therapy treatments, modalities, and procedures as described in the occupational therapy plan of care.
Develops and maintains individualized patient progress records including change of status with accuracy; communicates change of condition to involved staff.
Submits appropriate documentation and billing by end of treatment day.
Participates in continuing education course, in-service presentations for clinical staff including non-therapist staff and reviews professional publications.
Role models the principles of a Just Culture.
Perform other duties as assigned. Must be HIPAA compliant.
Hone your skills with the world’s best athletes: As an official medical provider to US Ski/Snowboard/Free Ski/USA Climbing teams, HHSM therapists help the world’s top athletes get back to their competitive sports.
Extraordinary Collaboration: HHSM’s Vail clinic works hand-in-hand with the best orthopedic surgeons in the world. Be a part of the team who help the world’s best athletes, destination medical patients, and our local population get back to the activities they love.
Travel the Globe: Because of our relationship with USST and USAC, HHSM PTs may have the opportunity to travel as part of the medical team for our athletic teams to help them compete on the world stage, from the Swiss Alps, New Zealand, and beyond
Professional Development: at HHSM we believe that learning never stops. We offer a generous continuing education package, research opportunities, and on-going in-clinic learning opportunities so you can reach all your professional goals.
Lifestyle perks of a full-time position with HHSM:
365 Days of Colorado mountain lifestyle: Skiing, snowboarding, road/mountain biking, rock/ice climbing, or conquering one of Colorado’s 14,000ft mountains…all are available to physical therapists at HHSM as they embark on an adventure of a lifetime. You may find you never want to leave.
Up to 5 weeks of paid time off: If you can’t find enough to do in Colorado, the world is at your fingertips with generous paid vacation time. That trip you were always dreaming of? Go ahead, we’ll see you when you get back.
Culture in the Mountains: Vail, Beaver Creek, Edwards & Breckenridge serve as diverse, vibrant centers of culture in the Rocky Mountains, with the culture and culinary delights of a major city, all packed into a rural, small town feel where everyone knows your name and people wave to each other from across the street.
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Learn more about Howard Head at: https://youtu.be/WrBVXa67Fds
Howard Head Sports Medicine is an outpatient department of Vail Health.
Ability to obtain and maintain a State of Colorado Occupational Therapy license.
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) through American Heart Association
Internal Number: OT
About Howard Head Sports Medicine
Vail Health employs highly skilled and experienced professionals to work in our Howard Head Sports Medicine (HHSM) clinics. We seek candidates who are passionate about helping patients rebuild and return to the activities they love. Partnering with some of the world’s top orthopaedic physicians, Howard Head Sports Medicine employees are setting new standards for research and innovation in physical therapy.