Located in central Denver’s historic Washington Park residential neighborhood, associates at Porter Adventist Hospital enjoy beautiful surroundings, leading technology, outstanding leadership and easy access to everything great central Denver has to offer. As a full-service Magnet® designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center specializing in cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care, advanced robotic surgery and organ transplantation, Porter Adventist Hospital treats some of the region’s most complex medical cases and surgery patients. Our Heart and Vascular Institute is the first and only program in Colorado to receive full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. We have also received numerous awards and honors including: The Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award (2014); top 50th orthopedic program ranking by U.S. News & World Report with high performing honors in eight specialties (2014); an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety (2014), as well as many others. The Porter tradition of blending science and spirit began more than 75 years ago by Denver businessman Henry Porter with his generous donation after he experienced care at a Seventh Day Adventist Facility in CA and sought to bring that same philosophy of care to Denver. If you are ready for a career where the work you do truly transcends the walls of a hospital, we invite you to learn more at: http://www.porterhospital.org/
Responsible for facility-wide infection prevention and control program. This role will direct others within the entity towards process improvements that support the reduction of healthcare acquired infections. Provides leadership for development and implementation of a entity-wide infection prevention and control plan, leads the activities of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee, educates other practitioners on the system-based causes for infections, consults with management and staff, develops and implements evidence-based programs that support effective infection prevention and control strategies. Responsible for integrating the infection prevention and control program into all applicable organization components/functions by way of consultation, participation at meetings, and the establishment of effective communication and reporting systems with hospital leaders and associates.
Minimum Education Requirements
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education or experience Degree in Nursing or other clinical related field,
preferred MSN, MPH or other related Master’s degree, preferred
Minimum Experience Requirements
Five (5) years of clinical or related experience
Three (3) years of infection prevention and control
Preferred Two (2) years of previous leadership or project management experience
Preferred Experience in clinical operations and/or experience working in performance improvement or quality management areas
Preferred Knowledge in epidemiological principles, infectious diseases, and sterilization, sanitation and disinfection practices.
Experience using databases and spreadsheets.
Proven education and facilitation skills; ability to educate and motivate physician leaders and organizational managers and to effectively facilitate improvement projects, process redesign and infection control and prevention workshops.
Demonstrates exceptional analytical skills, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC), preferred.
Must obtain within six months of eligibility as defined by the Certified Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC).
Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )
Plans, develops, implements, administers, and evaluates the Infection Prevention program. Sets and meets infection prevention specific goals and participates in the selection and completion of department goals.
Facilitates initiatives to reduce and prevent healthcare-acquired and community-acquired infections. *
Develops, implements and updates infection prevention and control policies and procedures. *
Oversees the activities of the Hospital’s Infection Control Committee; serves on the Patient Safety Team as the facility representative for infection. *
Adheres to, maintains, and complies with regulatory requirements including Joint Commission, CDC, OSHA, FDA, EAP, CMS, CDPHE, etc. *
Responsible for entity wide infection prevention /surveillance program, which may include outpatient facilities or entities. *
Performs an ongoing assessment to identify the risks for the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents. This includes assessment of the patient population, the organizations infection prevention and control data and the care, as well as treatment and services provided. *
Assists in the follow-up of potential exposures to staff, patients and visitors, when necessary. Monitors epidemiological significant issues among employees (in conjunction with occupational health) and patient population in comparison to the community with a concern to entity or facility preparedness.*
Develops systems for identifying, reporting, investigating and controlling infections/communicable diseases and maintains a database of infections and communicable diseases.*
Oversees and consults on cleaning, low and high level disinfection and sterilization processes throughout the facility. Assures that there are preventive, surveillance, and control procedures relating to sterilization, disinfection, and cleaning practices in all departments. *
Report to the appropriate committees such as surgical medical staff when period checks are done, what was done and what was found. *
Prior to remodeling or construction, will provide an infection control risk assessment (ICRA) and ongoing surveillance of project. *
Provides periodic review of the monitoring and maintenance of the water system done by Facilities with this review being reported to Environment of Care Committee (EOC) or other committees when appropriate. *
Uses an epidemiological approach to perform surveillance for endemic and epidemic infection control related concerns, including the detection, evaluation and tracking of infections that are healthcare associated. Prepares reports and coordinates follow-up. *
Maintains professional certification through the Certified Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). *
Continue to obtain knowledge of current epidemiology and infectious diseases, surveillance strategies, and prevention and control initiatives. *
Remain current with the latest information and guidelines from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) or Certified Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). *
Disseminates pertinent information to clinical departments and medical staff in timely fashion. Educates hospital leaders and associates regarding infection prevention and control principles and practices. *
Designs and implements educational presentations that facilitate the understanding and implementation of infection control and prevention standards in the organization. *
Serves as internal consultant for all departments on issues of infection prevention and control, including administration, leaders, physicians and associates. *
Serves as a resource to the community (police, fire departments, EMS, nursing schools and community groups) regarding infection prevention and control issues and practices. *
Provides comprehensive reports to the Medical Executive Committee and the Community Board on infection issues within the facility. *
Gathers information and presents written reports with statistical data, trends, outcome measurements and QA effectiveness to appropriate committee or personnel. *
Maintains logs of infections and communicable diseases. Compiles statistical information on healthcare associated infections, such as targeted surgical site infections, central line associated infections, and ventilator associated pneumonia when appropriate to the entity. *
Reports ”reportable” diseases to health department and other committees as appropriate. *
Reports the annual Infection Prevention assessment, including healthcare-acquired infection statistics, to all appropriate committees including the Medical Staff Committees. *
Reports and tracks stats to include comparing to county and state statistics, when appropriate to the entity. *
Completes an annual risk assessment for TB and reports findings to the appropriate committees per OSHA guideline. *
Facilitate annual review of the infection prevention program. *
☑ Sedentary Work - prolonged periods of sitting and exert/lift up to 10 lbs. force occasionally)
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