Social Worker Set to Retire after 20 Years at UC Health

Get to know one of UC Health’s veteran social workers to celebrate social work month this March.

By Rosie Ecker

Rob Cantlon, social worker in Inpatient Psychiatry, started in the Office of Decedent Affairs (ODA) at University Hospital in 1999. With job experience at St. Joe’s Orphanage, Children’s Protective Services and Adult Protective Services, Rob was a perfect fit to start work at UC Health.

After one year in ODA, Rob switched to Inpatient Psychiatry in May of 2000 and has stayed in this department ever since.

In a typical day’s work for Rob, he reviews patient charts, assesses patient needs, provides support counseling to patients and their families, and plans for patients’ discharge needs and potential resources they can utilize outside the system.

Rob chose to become a social worker because it worked with his skill set, but more importantly, he had a natural desire to serve populations in need.

“Nobody requests to be mentally ill,” Rob said. “I’ve always worked with the toughest patients, but I appreciate UC Health because we can take the most underserved people and we don’t discriminate based on insurance.”

After 20 years of service to UC Health and 44 years dedicated to social work overall, Rob will be retiring on May 3, 2019. He plans to spend his retired years hiking in national parks around the country, a frequent pastime of Rob’s, as seen in the picture above.

Thank you for your many years of hard work and dedication to our patients, Rob! You will be greatly missed.

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