PUTNAM — Rachel Bamber LCSW, has been named employee of the month for November at Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH). She is a medical social worker for the HomeCare and Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut divisions of DKH.
Bamber’s ties to Day Kimball stretch back a generation. Her mother was a nurse at the hospital and her father worked in the security department. Her own history of caring for patients at Day Kimball dates back to 1989 when she became a junior volunteer at the hospital, a role she maintained for four years. Since then she has gained some 18 years of work experience in the field of social work, 15 of which have been in health care at skilled nursing facilities as well as at Day Kimball HomeCare. She also worked at Day Kimball HomeMakers from 1993 to 1997.
Bamber has served in her current role of medical social worker for homecare and hospice since 2012. Her responsibilities include providing therapy, assisting patients and their families with gaining access to assistance and resources, long term planning, advocating for patients’ needs, and collaborating with the patient’s health care team which may be comprised of nursing, therapeutic, social services, and homemaker-home health aide staff. Bamber also serves as a Day Kimball Healthcare corporator.
She grew up in Putnam and lives in Plainfield with her two children. She holds a BSW degree from Saint Joseph College in W. Hartford, , and a MSW degree from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.
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