Clinical social workers are licensed health professionals trained to help patients with life's most difficult situations. As integral members of your health care team, social workers collaborate with other practitioners to identify the psychosocial needs of each patient throughout the continuum of care. Social workers help patients and their families understand and cope with the medical, psychological, and social issues related to their illness. This involves assisting patients in effectively communicating with their health care team and ensuring participation in their individual plan of care. Social workers offer emotional support, patient advocacy, and guidance accessing hospital and community-based resources.
Social work services are available for all areas of digestive diseases and offer a variety of services. For pediatric patients, social workers work closely with pediatric physicians, navigators and psychologists to care for our youngest digestive disease patients and their parents. Social work is also available to guide pediatric patients transitioning to adult programs and preparing for college. For patients receiving chemotherapy, our social workers are available to meet with you during your infusion and will coordinate care with the oncology team. Patients having difficulty adjusting to life with an ostomy or a new digestive diagnosis, have access to social work services for support, guidance, and to develop adaptive coping skills. For patients and families preparing for surgery or changing goals of care, social workers are available to assist with family meetings to enhance communication, educate about home care services, and how to access resources within your own community.
Clinical social workers offer many services including:
- Brief counseling to help patients and families cope with illness and its related stressors
- Community referrals and concrete services (including home care referrals, hospice care, enteral nutrition coordination, education about eligibility for transportation services, referrals to support groups, community mental health referrals, and meal delivery programs)
- Education regarding entitlement programs and financial assistance resources (including: Social Security Administration programs/eligibility, Medicare, Medicaid, EPIC, and pharmaceutical company based Prescription Assistance Programs)
- Support groups at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and referrals to support groups near your home
- Education programming to enhance patient/family preparation and adjustment to medical interventions
Annamarie Sorrentino Brady, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker specifically dedicated to the Center for Advanced Digestive Care. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work in 2005 and completing an internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Annamarie has been devoted to working in health care. She has a specific interest in working with patients and families adjusting to life with chronic and terminal illness. Prior to joining the Center for Advanced Digestive Care, Annamarie worked for the NYP Adult Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery Program from 2007-2013 and was a NYP inpatient medical/surgical social worker focusing on Renal Transplant/Dialysis from 2005-2007.
Outpatient social work consultations are provided free of charge to patients of Center for Advanced Digestive Care Physicians. Please contact 212-746-4014 to schedule a consultation.