MERIDIAN — Special to The Star
Rhonda Boutwell, director of Social Services at Anderson Regional Medical Center, was recently named Healthcare Social Worker of the Year by the Mississippi Society for Social Work Leadership In Healthcare, Inc.
Boutwell has been employed at ARMC since 1987, where she has exhibited outstanding work ethic, organization and professionalism. She has grown the Social Work program at Anderson from one person to a team of six social workers, who play an integral role in the full continuum of care for patients.
Boutwell participated in the development of the case management program, working with the new case management director to coordinate services of both disciplines within the hospital. She is an active participant in various hospital committees and teams including Institutional Review Board, Strategic Planning and Palliative Care.
Boutwell is the leader of the Readmission Team as part of the Partnership for Patients Initiative. She is also involved in the development of new service lines at ARMC to meet the needs of the community.
Boutwell holds several professional affiliations including the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, the Mississippi Hospital Association Behavioral Health Society, and the Community Partnership on Mental Health. She has held several administrative positions with the Mississippi Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare including Long-term Care Task Force, Secretary, Board Member at Large and Nominations Committee.
Boutwell has continued to advance her education by undergoing Crisis Intervention training at the University of Memphis, obtaining Resolve through Sharing certification, and becoming an Adoption Specialist with the National Council on Adoption.