Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Starting in 1909 as a 26-bed facility in the Roanoke Valley, LewisGale has been dedicated to caring for and preserving life for more than a century. Today, our health system has grown to include four hospitals, two cancer centers, six outpatient centers, and 700 affiliated physicians. Our expansive network stretches from the Alleghany Highlands and Rockbridge County to the Roanoke and New River Valleys, giving us the privilege to serve more than 250,000 patients each year.

Our Mission and Vision at LewisGale above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. The vision of LewisGale is to be recognized as the healthcare provider and the employer of choice in Southwest Virginia.


Treats patients according to plan using conventional treatment methods.
Observation and records show treatment rendered is based on the OT plan of care utilizing knowledge of the developmental and medical needs of each patient served, including appropriate selection and application of exercise techniques to fit the individual patient's needs, and proper application of therapeutic modalities. Closely follows OT plan of care and makes no changes unless discussed with OT first. Applies oxygen per physician's order. Assists with departmental specific tasks when asked.

Re-assesses patients and communicates with therapist.
Observation and records show the OTA assesses the patient's response to treatment and makes modification suggestions to OT plan of care based on this assessment. Communicates information on the patient's condition and makes recommendations to the OT for changes in the plan of care. OTA does not change plan of care without consulting with the supervising therapist.

Communicates effectively with other health care professionals.
Communication skills exhibit a sharing of information in a professional, tactful and timely manner between peers, the supervising physical therapist and other health care professionals. Demonstrates an understanding and responds to the other parties' needs and concerns.

Demonstrates an active involvement in continued learning.
Promotes and participates in continuing education, in-services, seminars, journal reviews, student instruction and other educational opportunities. Maintains current licensure as required by state.

Participates in activities, which promote department operations and program development.
Maintains an active role in program development and daily department operations. Accepts additional assignments from supervisor.
Required - None
Preferred - Previous Experience in an acute care hospital

Required - Graduation from an accredited course of study for an Occupational Therapist Assistant. Possession of a valid Virginia license to practice as an Occupational Therapist Assistant. CPR certification or certified within 90 days of employment.
Preferred - Advance training in a specialty area related to specialized patient populations.

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