Debra C. Peters
Seeking a professional opportunity in Medical Social Work to use my skills from my many years as a Hospice Social Worker. Desiring to bring enthusiasm and compassion to excel in becoming an asset to Altig-Orlovic as your Customer Care Representative.
Hospice Social Worker October 2006 – August 2017
Bon Secours Home Care and Hospice Portsmouth, VA
*Managed 25 to 45 Hospice patients and their families for social work support needs.
*Accumulated knowledge and insights of the medical, emotional and financial distresses of the terminally ill patient and their family.
*Provided counseling through facing the crises of facing, preparing and coping with end-of-life issues for the patient and the family / caregiver.
*Completed and implemented a Plan of Care specifically for the psychosocial Assessment, Bereavement Risk level needs of the patient and family /caregiver.
*Scheduled visits to meet the goals of each patient / family.
*Collaborative biweekly Interdisciplinary team meetings.
*Provided professional rapport / mutual support with medical and public services.
*Assisted with nursing home placement and with applications for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and for Veterans Affairs Aid and Attendance Benefits.
*Advocated for the patient / family with community organizations and services.
*Compliant with HIPPA guidelines, JCAHO accreditation and other state regulations and company policies.
Hospice Social Worker February 1998 - October 2006
Heartland Home Health Care Hospice Virginia Beach, VA
*Managed 35 to 60 Hospice patients and their families for social work support needs.
*This position was very much the same as my most recent Hospice Social Worker position. Primary difference is this is a for-profit company.
*Provided professional rapport / mutual support with the care team and other providers involved in the care of the patient.
*Presenter at the yearly Hospice Memorial Service for both Hospice agencies.
Preceding Work Experience
*Medical Social Worker and AIDS Case Manager for another Home Health agency.
*Nursing Home Social Worker
*Disability Claims Examiner
*Teacher of Industrial Arts at Georgia Academy for the Blind
Master of Social Work
Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
Graduate Courses, Counseling (24 hours),
Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
Teachers Certification in Visual Disabilities,
Mercer University, Macon, GA
Bachelor of Science, Teacher Certification: General Industrial Arts Education
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Microsoft Word 2010, Excel Spreadsheets, EPIC / Connect Care, Microsoft Outlook 2010
Hampton Roads Caregivers’ Coalition
Served on the committee to plan the annual ‘Fall Festival for Caregivers’ for two consecutive years. Contributed to establishing program presenters and developed a caregiver’s community resource list.
Virginia Beach Task Force on Aging Attend monthly meetings, engage in networking and offer supportive input for the benefit or our community.