Humboldt General Hospital Social Services
Who are social workers and what do they do?
Social workers are licensed mental health professionals trained to help
people find solutions to many emotional problems from daily crises to
life's most difficult situations. Social workers accomplish this through
a unique combination of psychotherapy, active problem solving and direct
connection with the network of community resources. For more information
about social work and social workers, please visit
When would I want to see a social worker?
You may want to speak with a social worker when you or your family are
dealing with an illness and having difficulty coping. Talking with a social
worker can offer an objective perspective. Social workers share knowledge
gained by helping other patients and families in similar situations. Social
work services are available to you and your family throughout your care
at Humboldt General Hospital.
Why choose a social worker?
Social workers are trained in individual, couple, family, and group counseling.
Their training is unique in that it focuses on the environment as well
as the individual. Social workers are skilled in mobilizing family, friends
and community resources to help solve problems.
Who does the social worker collaborate with?
Social workers work with you and your family to help address your concerns.
Social workers also collaborate with your physicians, members of your
health care team, and community care providers to address the problems
which can affect your health and well-being.
Are social work services confidential?
As professionals, social workers respect patient confidentiality and adhere
to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Social work
services are confidential, with some very limited exceptions your social
worker will discuss with you. Social workers at Humboldt General Hospital
work as part of the medical care team. After discussion with you, they
will share with the team only the information that is relevant to your
How much do Humboldt General Hospital's social work services cost?
Inpatient and some outpatient social work services are included in your
hospital charges. Many outpatient social work fees are covered by health
insurance. The amount of coverage varies according to the policy. For
more information contact your insurer or call the HGH Social Services
How do I reach a Humboldt General Hospital social worker?
If you or your family would like to visit with a social worker, please
speak with your physician or nurse. You can also call the Humboldt General
Hospital Social Services Department at 775-623-5222, ext. 1440.
When are social workers available?
A social worker is available during business hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday. There is also a social worker available after hours
for hospital emergencies.