Social Work and Care Coordination Services

Social workers are an important part of your child’s healthcare team.  Our team is highly experienced and skilled in working with medically fragile children and their families.   

When your child is admitted to one of Blythedale’s programs, your family is assigned a social worker who will work closely with you throughout your stay at Blythedale. We will help you cope with the emotional stress of the next phase of your child’s recovery while adjusting to a new care team. Your social worker collaborates closely with your child’s care team to ensure that you are well-informed each step of the way from admission to discharge.

Beginning at the time of admission, your social worker will work with a nurse care manager to help you plan for discharge.  Following a thorough assessment of your child’s needs and resources in the community, we will guide you in the development of a comprehensive discharge plan.  By working with your insurance plan, we will help you to determine which providers may be in your network and arrange for any necessary referrals, evaluations or assessments prior to your child’s discharge home.  

Your social worker can also assist you with many other issues that impact your child or your family.  If you have a question or a concern and are not sure how to address it, please stop by our department on the first floor and we will be happy to help you. 

Contact Information:

  • Katie Walsh, L.C.S.W., Director of Social Work and Care Coordination
  • KWalsh@Blythedale.org
  • (914) 831-2467

Social Work and Care Coordination Services Staff

Katie Walsh, L.C.S.W., Director of Social Work and Care Coordination
Katie Walsh, L.C.S.W.
Director of Social Work and Care Coordination

Our social workers are licensed in the state of New York and have expertise in many areas, including palliative care, therapeutic crisis intervention, school social work, and early childhood programs.  We work closely with the Inpatient, Day Hospital, and Long Term Care teams to provide emotional support and discharge planning services to families.  Our inpatient social workers are paired with a nurse care manager who will focus on the clinical aspects of our child’s discharge plan.   The department also includes our Patient Ambassador who is available to support parents with any questions or concerns related to the hospital or the care team.  We welcome you to call or visit our department on the first floor, where you will be greeted by one of our two bilingual administrative assistants.