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Catholic Health Initiatives Recreation Therapist in Council Bluffs, Iowa


At CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs patients are at the heart of our care. Our campus is designed to heal the body mind and spirit of every person in a more comfortable less stressful hospital environment. Our full range of medical services include a new pavilion featuring enhancements in heart and vascular care surgery maternity cancer care and diagnostic imaging.

CHI Health has an immediate opportunity for a Recreation Therapist - Mercy

$2,500 sign on bonus

We understand you have personal responsibilities outside of your profession and also care about your well-being.

With you in mind, we offer the following benefits to support your work/life balance:

  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance

  • Direct Primary Plan (No copay, no deductible, and access to CHI Health provider 24/7)

  • Premium Access to our Family Care Program supporting your needs for childcare, pet care, and/or adult dependent care

  • Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and Identity Theft

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Tuition Assistance for career growth and development

  • Matching 401(k) and 457(b) Retirement Programs

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Wellness Programs

  • Flexible spending accounts

CHI Health, now part of CommonSpirit Health formed between Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health, includes 150+ clinics delivering quality care to patients across Nebraska and southeast Iowa. Our full-service network provides a variety of Primary Care & Priority Care Services, including Family, Internal, Geriatric, and Pediatric Medicine, in addition to several specialties to deliver custom care based on the unique needs of our patients.


  • Assesses patients upon admission according to specific program policies and procedures.

  • Formulates and implements Therapeutic Recreation Treatment programs according to individual patient needs as determined by evaluations and assessments. Develops treatment plans to include goals, objectives and methods to achieve the same within time frame designated and methods to achieve the same within time frame designated in the unit specific Policies and Procedures manual.

  • Administers quality treatment modalities for both individuals and groups.

  • Communicates verbally or in written form to treatment teams regarding patient’s assessment, progress, or evaluations.

  • Fosters an open climate so that effective communications between Therapeutic Recreation staff and other departments can take place.

  • Assumes the individual responsibility for personal and professional growth.

  • Attends mandatory Behavioral Health Services and hospital educational programs each year.

  • Attends and actively participates in departmental and unit staff meetings as appropriate.

  • Participates in ordering supplies needed for activities.

  • Assists the Operations Director / Program Manager / Coordinator Recreational Therapy in recommending and developing new interventions, ideas, or programs.



Preferred: Certified in Recreation or Music Therapy


Required: Educational equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Music/Therapeutic Recreation or related field.

Pay Range

$20.62 - $28.35 /hour

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.