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CommonSpirit Health Recreation Therapist - Behavioral Health in DES MOINES, Iowa


MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping individuals live their best life.

With 420 care locations, our clinics, medical centers and affiliates are never too far from home, allowing us to improve the lives of individuals and communities across the state of Iowa and beyond.

MercyOne’s Central Iowa Region includes medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines.



The Recreation Therapist provides assessment and treatment as part of the multi-disciplinary team. This includes initial assessment, group and individual treatment, and participation in care planning with the multi-disciplinary team.


  • Completes assessments for patients within 72 hours of admission. Develops discipline –specific treatment goals in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary treatment team.

  • Facilitates therapeutic recreation therapy and leisure group activities as part of the active treatment program schedule. Provide individualized treatment for patients as indicated by the treatment plan. Modifies treatment plan as needed to meet changes in patient need.

  • Maintains a high standard of professional accountability regarding safety, efficiency, efficacy, ethics and legal issues. Maintains patient confidentiality in all aspects of treatment.

  • Demonstrates appropriate and effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication with patients and their families, medical staff, colleagues and the public; participates effectively as a team member in clinical rounds, treatment planning, and discharge plan of care.

  • Documents per unit policy on patient’s progress.

  • Completes discharge summary timely upon patient’s discharge.

  • Plans and implements an age- appropriate recreational therapy program.

  • Assists patients with planning leisure time for post discharge.

  • Stays current with evidence based practice and implements in treatment program.

  • Maintains a positive working relationship with other staff members.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Demonstrates ability to meet age specific needs of patient/family.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a Therapeutic Recreation emphasis.

  • Completion of an internship in a clinical setting under supervision of a Certified Recreation Therapist.

  • Must be certified or eligible for certification at the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist level with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

  • Two years experience working in applicable mental health setting preferred.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certified or obtained within three (3) months of hire.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire.

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Requisition ID 2021-155782

Employment Type Full Time

Department Behavioral Health

Hours / Pay Period 80

Shift Day

Standard Hours Monday - Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.