Social Workers, as part of the health care team, provide assessment and appropriate intervention to aid our patients in achieving optimum recovery and quality of life. All Social Workers are Master's prepared and licensed to work in the state of Illinois.
Counseling and Support
Social Workers are available to help patients and families identify coping skills to manage the psychological issues related to hospitalization, discharge, and serious illness. Social Workers provide brief therapy for patients and families, crisis intervention, and emotional support.
Social Workers are available to help patients navigate complex social systems by locating and referring to appropriate community resources, and by educating patients and families on effective ways to mobilize existing resources.
Advance Care Planning
Social Workers support a patient's right to participate in making decisions about their health care. They provide patients and families with information about advance health care instructions, including living wills, health care treatment directives and durable powers of attorney.
Social Workers are available to provide an introduction to hospice services and to make hospice arrangements upon discharge from the hospital. Our Social Workers work with patients and families to choose the location that best suits their needs to receive hospice care.
Social Workers are available to arrange sign and foreign language interpreter services. Memorial Medical Center utilizes Video Relay Interpreting and Audio Interpreting services that are available 24-hours a day. A Social Worker can also arrange an in-person interpreter on a patient's behalf.
Social Workers are assigned to all nursing units in the hospital and the Emergency Department. Services are available five days a week from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
You can reach the Social Services office at 217-588-3360 or by asking a member of your health care team.