The Social Work Department is made up of social workers who work in a variety of settings throughout Nationwide Children’s. They work on inpatient units, in outpatient care areas throughout Columbus, in the Emergency Department and Urgent Cares, and in the Primary Care network throughout Franklin County.
- There are more than 125 social workers in the department with 24/7 coverage in the Emergency Department.
- Social workers are part of the medical homes in the Primary Care Network at over 10 locations in diverse communities across Franklin County.
- Social workers provide program coordination and leadership in several service lines including the Sickle Cell program, Hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, Disorders of Sexual Development, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, Gastroenterology, Plastics & Craniofacial, Epilepsy, the Heart Center, Neonatology and more.
- Our medical social workers are leaders in the field. They contribute to the national discussion on the role of social work in health care through local and national conference presentations, publications and board appointments.
How do medical social workers help patients and families at Nationwide Children's?
- Support patients and families through acute stress and adjustment to illness and injury
- Support and promote resilience in patients and families with grief and loss
- Support and promote efficacy of patients and families
- Connect to and advocate for resources within the community
- Assist with safety planning and crisis intervention
- Connect patients to other families and support systems facilitated by social workers