1201-Occupational Therapist

Website BLMHospital Bear Lake Memorial Hospital

Most Caring Hospital on Earth

Reports To:                             Director of Therapies

Classification:                          Full Time

Date Posted:                            December 9, 2022

Experience:                             1-2 Years Preferred

Benefits:                                  Full Benefit Package; Medical, Dental, Prescription, Group Life coverage, Retirement, Sick Leave, Vacation and Holidays.

Desired Education Level:        Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution.  Licensed as an Occupational Therapist in the State of Idaho.


Bear Lake Memorial Hospital is seeking a full time Occupational Therapist to provide exceptional development and rehabilitation of patients with mental, emotional, and physical disabilities by planning and administering medically prescribed occupational therapy.


RESPONSIBILITIES (This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required):

  • Meets the patient’s goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining occupational therapy treatment plans in consultation with physicians or by prescription.
  • Helps patient develop or regain physical or mental functioning or adjust to disabilities by implementing programs involving manual arts and crafts, practice in functional, prevocational, vocational, and homemaking skills, activities of daily living, and sensorimotor, educational, recreational, and social activities; directing aides, technicians, and assistants.
  • Promotes maximum independence by selecting and constructing therapies according to individual’s physical capacity, intelligence level, and interest.
  • Prepares patient for return to employment by consulting with employers; determining potential employee difficulties; retraining employees; helping employers understand necessary physical and job result accommodations.
  • Evaluates results of occupational therapy by observing, noting, and evaluating patient’s progress; recommending and implementing adjustments and implementing adjustments and modifications.
  • Completes discharge planning by consulting with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health care workers; contributing to patient care conferences.
  • Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing and instructing patients, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs; recommending and/or providing assistive equipment; recommending outpatient or home health follow-up programs.
  • Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
  • Maintains patient confidence and protects hospital operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures,
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal and certification requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Must have the ability to contribute to the vision/culture of the most caring hospital.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Requirements

Consistently works cooperatively with patients/residents, co-workers, physicians, consultants and ancillary service providers.  Willing and able to be flexible and to work various shifts/hours/days. Excellent service and communication skills when interacting with co-workers, patients/residents and visitors. Must be kind and compassionate. Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety policies and procedures. Good organizational skills. Must have a Masters’ of Science in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution, and have a minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in responsible therapy operations. Must have a current Idaho License as an Occupational Therapist and ability to also obtain a Utah Occupational Therapy license in a timely manner.

Physical and Mental Demands

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


            Physical Demands –  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; type on a keyboard, talk and hear.  This job requires bending, reaching, twisting and walking. The employee may be required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and/or arms.  The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  This job may also require the use of a computer terminal.

Mental Demands –  While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to use oral and written communication; read documents or instructions; analyze and solve problems; interpret data or information; learn and apply new information or skills; perform multiple, concurrent tasks; work with frequent interruptions; interact with other employees, patients/ individuals.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform those essential functions.


Hospital Information

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital remains a stand-alone CAH hospital.  In its 65 year history, it has been extremely well supported by the citizens of the Bear Lake Valley both in terms of utilization and donations.  BLMH was recognized as one of 32 hospitals (out of 1300) in the nation to outperform national financial benchmarks three consecutive years.  In addition to offering the typical hospital services, e.g. inpatient, surgery, obstetrics, ER, swing beds, lab, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, etc., Bear Lake Memorial Hospital also owns and operates: a 36 bed Skilled Nursing Facility, a 37 bed assisted living center, a 7 chair dialysis center, a mental health clinic, a home health agency, and 4 physician clinics (Family Care, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic and Visiting Physician).


The Therapy Department consists of three physical therapists, one physical therapy assistant, one physical therapy aide, one Occupational Therapist, two Speech and Language Pathologists and a clinic coordinator.  Approximately 70% of work load consists of outpatient services but will also include inpatient, SNF and home health visits.


To apply:  Please submit your application to the HR Dept., Bear Lake Memorial Hospital, 164 South 5th Street, Montpelier, ID, 83254 or fax it to (208) 847-4334.  Applications are available at www.blmhospital.com.

Expiration:  Applications will be accepted through December 23, 2022 or until filled.

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital is an equal opportunity employer and all applicants will be given fair consideration based on their academic credentials and applicable work experience.