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Social Worker Workforce

Chairs:  Jill Giordano and Kathryn Carpenter

Contact: socialwork@vadcoordinator.org 


Mission & Vision
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) Social Workers conduct the psychosocial evaluation of a potential VAD patient, including but not limited to identifying social support for the patient and caregiver, compliance, mental health, coping skills, substance use and abuse, legal issues, understanding of MCS process and motivation for MCS, communication and learning style and the importance of body image. Additionally, MCS Social Workers seek to enhance the effective functioning and well-being of the VAD patient, their families, and their community through collaboration with multidisciplinary members of the circulatory clinical team in daily patient care, publishing and through education and advocacy.
  • The Society for Transplant Social Workers, CCSW – MCS (Certified Clinical Social Worker- Mechanical Circulatory Support) certification, is a Joint Commission & DNV designated best practice for all Social Workers in a VAD program, be it BTT or DT; and, therefore is a recommended certification for all MCS social workers.
  • It is with this role description, that this workforce, within ICCAC, strives to represent the Social Worker within ICCAC projects, goals, and any other ability to progress our field forward into the future.

2019 Goals

  • Enhance membership for Social Workers

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If you have any questions, please contact socialwork@vadcoordinator.org.