March is celebrated as National Social Work Month, and our social workers at Patricia Neal help provide excellent care to our patients. Our social work team keeps the patient and family informed regarding goals and progress and also assist with insurance needs. In celebration of National Social Work Month, we are spotlighting clinical social workers, Jenny Nash and Hope Barlow. We are thankful to have this dynamic duo on our Pat Neal team! Read more about Jenny and Hope below.
Where are you from?
Jenny: I grew up in Atlanta but I have lived in Knoxville on and off since 1976.
Hope: I am from Maryville.
How long have you worked at Pat Neal?
Jenny: I have worked at Pat Neal since December of 2015.
Hope: It’s going on 17 years now.
Tell us a little bit about your job at Fort Sanders Regional?
We are the central point of contact for the team. We are the go-to person for the doctor and the therapists for issues regarding the patient. We update patients and families and help develop the patient’s discharge plan.
What do you love most about your job?
Jenny: I love the amount of patient contact. We keep our patients longer than some of the other acute care areas which allows us to get to know the patients better. I like assessing their needs and helping them.
Hope: I like the feeling of leaving at the end of the day knowing that I have helped someone.
What made you want to pursue a career as social worker?
Jenny: I wanted to work with patients suffering from chronic disease, and initially I didn’t know I could do that with social work. When I learned that I could, it was just a natural fit.
Hope: I knew I wanted to get into something that gave something back to other people and wasn’t just about myself.
What is your favorite movie/TV show?
Jenny: My favorite thing to watch is House Hunters International.
Hope: It’s a tie between The Blind Side and La La Land.
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jenny: Kind Caramel Nut Bars
If anyone could play you in a movie, who would you pick:
Jenny: Candice Bergen
Hope: Sandra Bullock