ACMA Announces the 2012 Social Work Case Management Fellow

The American Case Management Association (ACMA) announces Sally Gonzalez is the 2012 Social Work Case Management Fellow. Ms. Gonzalez is a MSW Intern in the Social Services Department at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center in Glendale, CA.

The Fellowship is a nine-month hospital-based program governed and bestowed by ACMA in partnership with UCLA Health System in Los Angeles, CA.

The program offers a premiere educational experience for social work professionals desiring to expand their understanding of hospital social work and case management practice and includes hospital case management training, project work, multi-hospital exposure, research, professional membership in ACMA, a national conference speaking opportunity and a case management model comparative study.

"It is a great honor to have been selected as the 2012-13 Fellow," says Ms. Gonzalez. "I would like to thank the American Case Management Association and the Social Work Fellowship Committee for this wonderful opportunity. I look forward to embarking on this new journey."

The 2012 Fellowship will be conducted at UCLA Health System under the direction of Marcia Colone, PhD, LCSW, ACM, System Director of Care Coordination.

"I am thrilled to receive Sally Gonzalez as next year's Fellow," says Dr. Colone. "Sally's application coupled with her interview clearly pointed to her passion for social work and health care. As Sally described one of her goals when she graduates, she states, 'I must become educated and knowledgeable in all the areas and systems that a patient could be affected by. This is why it is essential that I learn everything there is to know about case management and how policy can impact the patient's progress.' Sally embodies the attributes and qualities to embark on a successful fellowship year. She recognizes the opportunity that this fellowship offers and will embrace it fully and with great enthusiasm."

The Fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 as her compensation during the Fellowship. The Fellowship also includes additional training and a site visit at a select medical center. These opportunities allow the Fellow to gain additional exposure, learn from a variety of case management leaders and experienced social work faculty members, and evaluate different case management models. Travel expenses related to the site visit and conference attendance required by the Fellowship will be paid by ACMA.

This is the third year for the Fellowship program, which was created in 2010 to further promote social work in the hospital/clinical setting and raise awareness regarding social work's key role in Hospital Case Management.

About ACMA
Founded in 1999, ACMA is the only professional membership organization specifically for Hospital/Health System Case Managers. ACMA strives to provide resources, solutions and support for the professional practice of Hospital Case Management. ACMA's national membership is composed of a variety of professionals affiliated with Hospital/Health System Case Management, including nurses, social workers and physicians. Through a variety of educational conferences and networking events at both the state and national level, ACMA provides its members with numerous opportunities to develop their skills, grow in their profession, and learn from the experiences and practices of fellow members. To learn more, go to www.acmaweb.org.


Tyler Neese
Communications and Public Policy