A Brief Overview
The Director Infection Prevention & Control (IPC), working in partnership with the Administrative Director for Infection Prevention, Patient Safety and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, VP for Quality, Patient Safety and Effectiveness and hospital clinical and Medical Staff leadership, provides leadership, direction and strategic administrative oversight for the development and implementation of a comprehensive program to maintain and improve infection prevention & control.
This position supervises the implementation and coordination of the Stanford Healthcare (SHC) Infection Prevention and Control program. This individual oversees infection surveillance within Stanford Healthcare, and directs staff of the Infection Prevention and Control Department.
What you will do
- Provide strategic direction and oversight of all infection control programs for the hospital.
- Develops the strategies necessary to achieve organizational goals related to infection and prevention control.
- Directs the implementation of hospital-wide infection prevention programs.
- Communication with other healthcare facilities on contemporary infection prevention & control and occupational health issues to provide safe patient care and employee practices.
- Communication with the SHC IPCD medical director/hospital epidemiologist to provide summaries of infection control data and to identify infection control matters that require discussion by the program participants.
- Reporting diseases to applicable county health departments according to the requirements of the State of California. Collaborates with the health department related to outbreaks, exposures and the control of communicable diseases.
- Coordination exposure/prophylaxis activities involving hospital personnel in collaboration with occupational health services. Reviews employee health policies related to infection prevention and control.
- Serves as a consultant to all hospital personnel, including physicians, concerning infection control matters; acts to resolve patient, physician and staff concerns.
- Works with hospital engineers, and design and construction project managers, to review procedures and plans, makes appropriate recommendations to protect immunosupressed patient populations.
- Develops processes to review all reports of bacterial, viral and fungal isolates from the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory by an Infection Control consultant/Infection Preventionist. Monitors isolation practices and has the authority to initiate and/or change isolation procedures, or to direct physicians and other personnel to do so.
- Interprets hospital policy on the isolation and disposition of patients who have community acquired or healthcare associated/nosocomial infections that require special care.
- Makes rounds on all units/departments to include evaluation of infection control and isolation practices provide coaching and resources to staff, patients and caregivers.
- Monitors hospital environment and cleaning procedures; serves as a resource for Environmental Services to guide selection and use of cleaning products and to design procedures that meet requirements for optimal patient care and regulatory standards.
- Organizes periodic review of the hospital-wide infection control policies and updates them when new information and or directives are published.
- Identifies and introduces evidence-based infection prevention and control best practices.
- Participates in the orientation of all new IPCD employees. Provides continuing educational programs to Nursing and all ancillary services.
- Provides direction to patient care managers and other unit or department leaders in the formulation, review, and revision of policies and procedures for each department and formulates guidelines for the care of infected patients, contaminated equipment and/or environment. Submits new and revised policies to the Infection Control Committee and Medical Board for review and approval.
- Reports exposures or events which have the potential for causing illness in patients or personnel to the medical director/hospital epidemiologist of the Infection Prevention & Control program. Assists the patient care manager or other supervisor of the affected unit or clinic in developing a plan for notifying physicians, patients, personnel and occupational health of such exposures/events.
- Master's Degree in Public Health, Nursing, Business Administration, Health Care Administration, Public Administration or other health-related field from an accredited college or university required
- Five (5) years experience in a management or leadership role in infection prevention and control for a hospital or health care institution. Required
Licenses and Certifications
- CIC - Certified Infection Control required