Infection Control Preventionist
At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our Continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.
We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.
In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:
If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.
The Infection Preventionist has administrative responsibility for the Health System Infection Prevention and Control Program. In consultation with the Medical Staff, Administration and Employee Health Services, the Infection Preventionist applies evidence-based best practices to design, implement and manage a creative, cost-effective program for health care customers ranging in age from the neonate to the elderly throughout the health system.
- Education: BA/BS or BSN, required
- Infection Prevention and Control Certification, preferred
- Pennsylvania RN license, required
- Two years of infection prevention and control experience, required
- Background Clearances (as required by law)
Job Responsibilities and Major Duties:
- The Infection Preventionist has 24 hour administrative responsibility for the Health System Infection Prevention and Control Program.
- Plans, coordinates, implements and evaluates the Sharon Regional Medical Center Infection prevention and Control Program, co-chairs the Infection Prevention and Control Committee, and prepares appropriate reports for communication of infection prevention and control information throughout the Health System.
- Conducts surveillance for all acute care areas, outpatient facilities, Transitional Care Unit, Rehabilitation Unit and Behavioral Health Services.
- Serves a collaborative role with Employee Health Services regarding communicable diseases and regulatory issues.
- Initiates epidemiological investigations of unusual clusters or high rates of infection. Maintains a collaborative relationship with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and reports communicable diseases appropriately.
- Directs the review and revision of Infection Prevention and Control Policies and procedures for presentation to the Infection Prevention and Control Committee for approval.
- Maintains competency, accuracy, and accountability for all mandatory requirements related to Infection Prevention and Control including Joint Commission, Department of Health, Centers for Medicare Services; and all public reporting requirements including but not limited to healthcare associated infections to the CDC NHSN.
- Actively engaged in ongoing performance improvement activities related to infection prevention and control.
- Identifies and recommends cost containment activities for infection control related processes and procedures to reduce/eliminate infections.
- Assists with education and training for Sharon Regional Medical Center employees, patients, and families for infection prevention and control related topics as needed.
Please note, our Sharon Regional Medical Center is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously canceled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.