Medical social workers assess the psychosocial functioning, environmental and support needs of patients and families and intervene as necessary. Interventions may include connecting patients and families to necessary resources and supports in the community; providing psychotherapy, supportive counseling, or grief counseling; or helping a patient to expand and strengthen their network of social supports.
Medical social workers typically work on an interdisciplinary team with professionals of other disciplines (such as medicine, nursing, physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy, etc.)
How to reach social services
JCHC has one licensed social worker and one licensed professional counselor on staff.
Jodi Verplancke helps patients and families at the Johnson County Healthcare Center, Hospital and Home Health/Hospice Departments.
For Amie Holt Care Center patients and families, Samantha Kessler, a licensed professional counselor, is on staff to address their social work needs.
Samantha Kessler, LPC
Licensed professional counselor for Amie Holt Care Center
Social worker for JCHC
Call (307) 684-6152 to reach Jodi Verplancke
(Social Worker for JCHC)
Call (307) 684-6230 to reach Samantha Kessler, LPC
( Licensed professional counselor for Amie Holt Care Center)