Director, Infection Control
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- Upholds Kaiser Permanentes Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws.
- Directs the management of the planning, development, implementation, evaluation/improvement of infection prevention and control services/programs that meet or exceed established standards/performance measures for quality, member/patient satisfaction, cost, employee quality of work life, physician/client department satisfaction, clinical outcomes and regulatory compliance.
- Directs infection prevention and control services/programs across the continuum of care (primary, secondary, continuing care) and ensures that services/programs are of uniform and consistent value, quality, performance and cost throughout all departments in a medical center and its associated outpatient/satellite buildings.
- Directs development and implementation of evidence-based interventions designed to reduce/eliminate the risk for Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and/or disease transmission.
- In partnership with the Sterile Processing Director/Manager provides expert leadership and knowledge to assure all sterilization and disinfection processes throughout the Medical Center Service Area are in compliance with all national standards.
- Develops and maintains excellent, collaborative relations with key stakeholders/departments including but not limited to: Employee Health, Nursing, Perioperative, Perinatal, Emergency Services, Urgent Care, and various physician specialties.
- Directs human resources management processes; provides supervision and leadership to Infection Prevention staff; hires, fires, promotes, demotes, manages and evaluates staff performance and development.
- In partnership with Infection Prevention staff and departmental managers develops, monitors and modifies Infection Prevention and Control Program department specific goals/objectives as appropriate.
- Directs the provision/delivery of services/programs which meet identified needs of client departments.
- Directs compliance with applicable regulatory requirements through interpretation of Regulatory Standards, investigation of disease outbreaks and exposures, surveillance and reporting communicable diseases to the CDPH as required.
- Directs the development and management of operating budget, capital expense, and remodel requirements as appropriate, monitors and analyzes financial reports and justifies variances.
- Manages and/or reduces costs.
- Develops and maintains effective communication with administrative/management staff and physicians.
- Acts as the Infection Prevention and Control liaison/consultant for the entire Medical Center and/or delegates appropriate duties.
- Directs surveillance activities and the monitoring, reporting and development of applicable intervention(s) for infection trends (e.g. National/Regional/ Divisional Indicators, Board Report, facility specific indicators, etc.) in the acute and ambulatory settings.
- Directs the development and review of Infection Prevention and Control Standards of Care Policy and Procedure manuals.
- Develops, implements and improves systems, methods, processes to evaluate/improve performance and quality outcomes/measures for infection prevention and control services/programs throughout an entire Medical Center Service Area.
- Together with the Infection Control Committee Chair, initiates and directs research projects and epidemiological investigations of significant clusters of infection or serious communicable disease concern.
- Participates in the preparation and response to emerging infectious disease threats and/or exposures.
- Serves as subject matter expert who assists medical center leadership team in internal or external disaster response/mitigation.
- Provides expert review and consultation for all facility construction/remodels as described in the Organizations Pre-Construction Risk Assessment (PCRA).
- Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed
- Minimum three (3) years of experience as an Infection Control Professional.
- Minimum three (3) years of experience in an established infection prevention/control program in an acute care hospital including minimum two (2) years of program management/supervisory experience.
- Bachelors degree in Nursing, Science or healthcare related field.
- Infection Control Certificate
- Ability to demonstrate knowledge of microbiology, laboratory procedures, aseptic technique and epidemiological techniques.
- Demonstrated ability to comprehend and utilize epidemiological/public health data and statistical methods, screen and interpret data results for variations and/or errors.
- Organizational, problem-solving, decision making, conflict resolution, change management and strategic planning skills.
- Function as a liaison person, instructor/communicator, consultant, manager, and program manager.
- Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
- Demonstrated knowledge/experience in leading performance improvement initiatives preferred.
- Masters degree in public health, epidemiology, environmental health, microbiology or other public health related field.