Abby Roessler, MSW, LCSW
Abby Roessler, MSW, LCSW, Director of Case Management and Social Services, has nearly 30 years of experience as a medical social worker, including 16 years at Bacharach.
It is a career that has taken her from position to position helping people who were sick or vulnerable or both to navigate the uncharted waters of healthcare decision making.
Abby has been executive director of the South Jersey AIDS Alliance; a medical, surgical, oncological and infectious disease social worker for 13 years at AtlantiCare Regional Medical center; program coordinator of the early intervention HIV/AIDS program; and a clinical social worker for a hospice.
Abby earned a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in women’s studies from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. In 1992, she went back to school and received her master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University.
She joined the Bacharach staff in 2000, and has served in a number of key positions from clinical case manager, to senior rehabilitation counselor, inpatient coordinator of psychological services and director of patient advocacy.
In her current role as Director of Social Services and Case Management at Bacharach, Abby oversees a staff of five, comprised of social workers and a discharge coordinator. Together they ensure that each patient’s psychosocial needs are met before, during and after his or her rehabilitation stay.
“We see every patient that is admitted to Bacharach on an inpatient basis, as well as some outpatients as needed, with conditions varying from stoke, brain injuries, amputees, and spinal cord injuries to hip and knee replacements,” said Roessler. “I am proud to lead a team of such hardworking, committed, passionate and talented social workers who share my dream of making a small difference in the life of another.”
“As a child, I had a great uncle who was a polio survivor and an advocate for the disabled. He was instrumental in helping Atlantic County vaccinate for polio,” said Roessler. “He was also a founding member of the local March of Dimes chapter. After the first time I volunteered during their telethon, I found myself looking forward to helping every year. It was his influence and introduction to the ‘helping profession’ that I discovered my love of service to others.”