Regional Infection Prevention & Control Director

Clackamas, Oregon
Feb 10, 2024
May 02, 2024
Job Summary:

Directs the management, planning, development, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of the Northwest Regions infection prevention and control program across entire care continuum, including hospitals, ASCs, ambulatory and the Permanente Dental Associates (PDA) settings. Accountabilities that support the goal to eliminate potential infection hazards for members, physicians, dentists, staff and visitors: Compliance with all IC&P related Accreditation (TJC, DNV, AAAHC) and Regulatory standards (CMS, Oregon, Washington); strategic planning for and direction of hospital, ASC and ambulatory and dental clinic infection prevention activities; expert consultation related to cleaning, antisepsis, disinfection, and sterilization, and facility design and construction; implementation of education and training programs. Directs the reporting of communicable diseases as required by the Oregon and Washington Departments of Health, and coordinates efforts in KP with state agencies in the event of a disease outbreak.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Directs the planning, development, implementation, evaluation/improvement of infection prevention and control services and programs that meet or exceed established standards/performance measures for quality, member/patient satisfaction, cost, physician/client department satisfaction, patient and employee safety, clinical outcomes and regulatory compliance. Provides Infection Prevention and Control liaison and consulting for the region for all anticipated and unanticipated needs.

  • Directs human resources management processes; provides supervision and leadership to Infection Prevention and Control Department staff to include hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, managing, developing and evaluating staff performance and development. Staff include infection Preventionist in the hospital, ASC, ambulatory and PDA settings

  • Directs compliance with applicable regulatory requirements through interpretation of Regulatory Standards, investigation of disease outbreaks and exposures, as well as surveillance and reporting communicable diseases to Oregon and Washington Departments of Public Health as required. Collaborates with Risk Management in leading situation management related to exposures, recalls and other events in which infectious disease transmission puts patients and the organization at exposure risks.

  • Directs the development and review of Infection Prevention and Control Standards of Care Policies and Procedures; develops, implements and improves systems, methods, and processes to evaluate and improve performance and quality outcomes and measures for infection prevention and control services and programs throughout the region.

  • Collaborates at the national level with the other KP Regional Directors of Infection Prevention & Control to set KP national Infection Prevention policies, define and implement strategies. Serves as Chair in rotation with other directors.

  • Directs the development and implementation of all education and training programs designed to support the reduction or prevention of infection across multiple and varied hospital, ASC and ambulatory care and dental settings and professional disciplines

  • Directs surveillance activities to include monitoring and reporting as well as development of applicable intervention(s) for identified infection trends in the hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and all ambulatory clinic settings with consultation to dental.

  • Initiates and directs research projects and epidemiological investigation of significant clusters of infection or serious communicable disease concerns.

  • Creates and maintains infection prevention and control services and programs across the continuum of care and ensures that those services and programs are of uniform and consistent value, quality, performance and cost throughout the region.

  • Oversees the financial performance of the department

  • Develops and conducts Infection Prevention and Control program planning addressing risks for the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents and establishing priorities and setting goals and strategies accordingly. Interpreting and translating the regions strategic vision for employees.

  • Defines, influences and supports at the national level the role of the Infection Preventionist in the ambulatory setting.

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