About the Organization
Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare provider/payer system that offers leading-edge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services to a population of 2.5 million people. Together, our six hospitals and other entities provide a full range of medical care from prevention, screenings & education; to the latest clinical services and surgeries available; to rehabilitation. We also offer wellness programs & public health services that ensure our communities are the healthiest they can be. Our caring, highly trained physicians and staff are committed to patient safety and patient satisfaction.
With more than 11,000 team members, Tower Health includes Reading Hospital, a teaching hospital based in West Reading; Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville; Chestnut Hill Hospital, a teaching hospital in Philadelphia; Jennersville Hospital in West Grove; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; and Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown. We also operate Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing & Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, & we have a comprehensive physician network.
Collaboration across Tower Health enables our hospitals, providers, leadership & staff to leverage best practices across the health system. Our hospitals have received national recognition for advanced care in areas such as neurosurgery and stroke, cardiac & vascular surgery, trauma, hematology & oncology. Reading HealthPlex, which opened at Reading Hospital in October 2016, combines state-of-the-art technology and world-class design to make the HealthPlex one of the most sophisticated surgical centers & inpatient facilities in the region.
At Tower Health, we have a rich history of providing high-quality, cost-effective care in the communities we serve. As the healthcare industry continues to change, one thing remains steadfast: Tower Health’s commitment to Advancing Health, Transforming Lives
The Infection Preventionist (IP) helps to prevent health care associated infections by isolating sources of infections and limiting their spread. The IP is responsible for surveillance, rounding, analyzing, interpreting and the reporting of a health care associated infections. The IP supports the development of evidence-based organizational infection prevention policies / standards that meet state, federal, regulatory and accrediting agencies standards. The IP trains health-care members in infection prevention. The IP is a leader in infection prevention and serves as a resource, educator, expert and proponent of change in order to influence infection prevention improvement to provide quality health-care within the organization. The IP reports to the chief quality officer.
- Oversees the annual development, implementation, and evaluation of infection prevention goals and objectives, and conducts planning and risk assessment to reduce and control the risk of health-care associated infections.
- Maintains an effective hospital-wide program for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health-care Organization (TJC) standards.
- Maintains NHSN health-care associated infection public reporting.
- Integrates infection control into all hospital activities and develops an awareness about the Infection Prevention and Control Program.
- Maintains regular communication with agencies, health-care facilities, and federal, state, and local public health authorities.
- Participates in infection control surveillance and data analysis activities based on epidemiological and statistical principles.
- Preserves and improves the quality of care by sharing information with all relevant staff and departments.
- Manages the collection and analysis of health-care associated infection data, as well as the development and presentation of reports and educational programs for hospital staff and patients.
- Oversees infection prevention, as well as assisting departments in survey readiness and preparation for regulatory, accreditation and licensure surveys.
- Perform additional duties as assigned.
- Education / Certification Requirements:
- 4 year degree (required) - bachelors degree; medical technology / clinical laboratory science or bachelors degree in nursing.
- CIC preferred, required within two years of start date.
- Experience and Skills:
- 1-3 years of principles of surveillance and infection prevention (aseptic technique, infectious disease, microorganisms, sterilization) required.
- Excellent communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills.
- General clerical skills.
- Proficient in Microsoft products.