Honoring Social Workers
March is National Professional Social Work Month, and we're shining the spotlight on the unsung heroes who provide an array of much needed assistance in times of uncertainty - social workers.
Christine (Tine) Dean, APSW, MSW, MEPD, is the director of Social Services at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics. After starting out as a teacher, Tine found an interest in local community health needs after volunteering as an EMT.
"It's all about what you can do for others," Tine says when asked about her transition into social work. Tine deals with a wide variety of situations, from helping patients locate funding sources for their care to assisting with advanced care planning and discharge planning. She is also a certified application counselor for the health insurance marketplace – helping individuals navigate their health insurance options.
When asked if there was a situation that defines her work, "I've lost track of the number of times I've held someone's hand while they were dying," Tine responds.
Tine provides support during family crisis situations and even delivers oxygen tanks to patients in need. She also sits on the committee for Vernon County Elder Abuse Council.
"She's a gateway to county and state resources and a wonderful source of information and guidance – a valuable asset to the organization," says Toni Tengblad, chief of clinical operations at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics.
If you need assistance with advanced care planning and other social services, contact Christine Dean at (608) 489-8289.