Garnet Health

Recreational Activity Therapist

Job Locations US-NY-Middletown
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 6 months ago(4/26/2021 10:41 AM)
Physical Location
Orange Regional Medical Center
Campus : Location
# of Openings
Behavioral Health
Shift (1) : If Other, Shift Slot
Variable shifts, including rotating weekends and holidays. Per diems are required to work 2 major and 2 minor holidays per year and 4 weekends (2 days) per 3 month period of time.


Garnet Health (formerly Greater Hudson Valley Health System,) is a New York State, not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Middletown, New York, approximately 60 miles north of New York City. Garnet Health is comprised of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation - Catskills.  Garnet Health is dedicated to developing specialty services, medical programs and needed healthcare services that allow residents to remain close to home to receive quality care.

Providing healthcare to nearly 450,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties, Garnet Health was designed to improve the quality, stability and efficiency of healthcare services in the mid-Hudson and Catskill region. Services provided by more than 3,300 employed professionals and over 850 medical staff members, makes Garnet Health one of the largest healthcare providers in the tri-county area. The System’s three hospital campuses (Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills (Harris and Callicoon, NY) and Garnet Health Medical Center (Middletown, NY) plus several outpatient facilities, offer a broad spectrum of care including:


Conducts activity programs; collaborates with the Chief Activity Therapist to plan,  and evaluate the Activity Program for adults and geriatric patients through age appropriate interventions and supervised activities which are supportive and restorative to the patients’ functioning ability and diagnosis; contributes to the Activity Therapy Program in a way to enhance the interdisciplinary team approach on the unit.


Minimum Education: 60 College Credits with 1 years’ experience in Recreation and/or Activity Therapy or a 4 year College Degree in Activity Therapy preferred.

Minimum Experience: 1 year experience in Rec/Activity Therapy if 60 college credits

Required Certification/Registration: BLS certification current and ongoing. Must attend hospital crisis training program within 3 months of hire or transfer and annually thereafter.

Physical Requirements: Standing and walking most of the day. Lifting and moving patients and equipment.

Working Conditions:
• Environmental Demands and Exposure to Hazards: Works in a clean, well-lighted, heated or ventilated facility. No routine exposure to hazards.
• Physical Demands: Demonstrates physical and functional ability to perform full anatomical range of motion to accomplish tasks. Evidence of visual and aural acuity and finger and hand dexterity to operate computer and office equipment. Can withstand long periods of sitting, standing and/or constant walking. Ability to lift 10 lbs.
• Mental Demands: Ability to foster collaborative relationships, to work well under pressure, to organize and synthesize new information, and prioritize tasks. Possesses critical thinking, analytical skills and flexibility. Ability to multi-task. Required detailed attention to work in an environment where interruptions cannot be controlled. Demonstrates sensitivity to customer needs and expectations. May be subject to irregular hours including evenings or potentially weekends to participate in operational and community events as necessary.
• Regularly exposed to and called upon to manage potentially aggressive patients. Often placed in situations where violence is either threatened or actually erupts.


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