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Frances Gautieri served as a professional social worker on the New York City scene for almost forty years. Before retiring as the Director of Social Work Services of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in 2005, she had been a clinician, a supervisor, an administrator, and an educator in the field. In addition, she has been active on working community committees dealing with such critical social concerns as rape, domestic violence, child protection services and enhanced social-health services for vulnerable groups. She has translated the knowledge content in these areas to teaching curricula for students in the health care profession, while at the same time advocating for quality programs and policies for persons-in-need.
Ms. Gautieri began her social work career as a psychiatric social worker at Harlem Hospital in New York City in 1967. Here, in addition to serving patients and their families in the child psychiatry division, she coordinated outreach services to schools and in day care centers. She next moved on to Fordham Hospital, recreating her role in psychiatry and community work, but also contributing to an interdisciplinary teaching and service orientation of the staff. She was one of the grant writers for a community mental health center in Fordham-Tremont areas of the Bronx which was subsequently funded.
From 1977 to 2000, she served as Director of the Social Work Department at Bellevue Hospital where she enhanced the social and the pastoral services, and created an around-the-clock social service program, introduced a family support program for methadone maintenance clients and oversaw the work of between 125-200 staff members over time.
After serving all these years in the municipal system of health care, she retired, but from 2001 to 2005 she served as the Director of Social Work Services at Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia where she managed the social work program and contributed to strengthening an interdisciplinary case management practice model.
She has held leading voluntary positions in the New York City Chapter of NASW, chairing the Task Force on the Future of Social Work in Hospitals, and as a leading member of PACE. She has also been active in the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, New York City, serving on its executive committee.
Ms. Gautieri graduated with a BA from Marquette University (1960) and received a Master of Science (1967) from Columbia University School of Social Work.