Wexford, Pennsylvania

**Company :**

Allegheny Health Network

**Job Description :**

**GENERAL OVERVIEW:**

The Infection Prevention Manager is a position that under the direction of the Network Director of Infection Prevention and Network Infection Prevention Committee, works collaboratively with the hospital Infection Prevention Physician Chairman, the Hospital Infection Prevention Committee and is responsible for designing and implementing hospital-wide infection prevention programs while ensuring compliance with the mandates of required accrediting and regulatory agencies. Promotes quality patient care through a program which includes investigation and problem solving in relation to the surveillance, prevention and control of infections and is responsible for identification of hospital onset infections, analysis of those infections, development of recommendations (including policies and procedures) that reduce all types of hospital acquired infections. Develops relationships with all departments within the hospital acting as both consultant and educator regarding disinfection, sterilization, patient practices, policies and procedures designed to prevent infections.

**ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:**

+ Develops and organizes Infection Prevention Program for all areas of the hospital including plans for development, implementation and review of network-wide data collection and policies. Implements the program by formulating, establishing and evaluating policies and procedures relating to patient care infection prevention measures throughout the facility. Performs an annual assessment and develops action plans from the prior year activities to form the hospital specific infection prevention plan. Maintains network, hospital and department infection prevention policies and procedures including an exposure control plan for blood borne pathogens. (30%)

+ Prepares data for Network and Hospital Infection Prevention Committee meetings. Analyzes, interprets data, plans methodology, guides/directs actions necessary for infection prevention compliance for patients, healthcare workers, visitors, medical staff. Compiles and shares surveillance data with network and hospital leadership and provides information and guidance on infection prevention issues on request such as emerging communicable diseases, post exposure management and isolation precautions. (20%)

+ Maintains self-education regarding infection prevention standards, the Joint Commission and DOH regulations. Provides on-going training programs to AHN staff including Nursing, Medical Surgical Residents and Interns and other network employees to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections. (20%)

+ Implement processes and assures compliance with state and federal governmental and other regulatory agencies (e.g., OSHA) and accreditation (e.g., The Joint Commission), including involvement with all demolition, construction, re-wiring, alterations in existing hospital environment that require completion an Infection Control Construction Risk Assessments. (15%)

+ Involvement in organization activities through participation with committees, task forces, AHN collaborative and quality initiative projects. Demonstrates fiscal responsibility, supports cost containment and opportunities for cost reduction when appropriate. (10%)

+ Coordinates timely reporting of communicable diseases through electronic system PA-NEDSS, NHSN and works in partnership with PADOH and local county health departments for appropriate follow-up as needed. (5%)

+ Other duties as assigned.

**QUALIFICATIONS:**

Minimum

+ Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Medical Technology, Public Health, Epidemiology or related field with 1-2 years’ experience working in an Infection Prevention environment OR a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in Infection Prevention with clinical experience in Nursing, Medical Technology, Public Health, Epidemiology or related field

+ American Society of Clinical Pathologist Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), Microbiology, or Microbiology Specialist (SM) certification

+ Certification in Infection Prevention and Control

+ Current RN license with BSN preferred **OR** Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH) **OR** Certified Medical Technologist **OR** **B** achelor's Degree in Microbiology or Epidemiology

+ minimum of five years clinical experience in a hospital setting or disease surveillance experience in a public health setting

Preferred

+ Master's degree in Nursing, Medical Technology, Public Health, Epidemiology or related field

+ 5 - 7 years Infection Prevention experience

+ 1 - 3 years management or administrative experience

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Req ID: J174113

Wexford, Pennsylvania

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