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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Director - System Infection Prevention in boston, Massachusetts

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Director - System Infection Prevention

Department Description:Infection Control

Job Location:boston, MA

Req ID:40643BR

Job Summary:This individual is responsible for assisting in the conceptualization, planning and development of a system-wide Infection Prevention program. The position reports to the Chief Infection Prevention Officer and includes development of policy and providing direction and support to the Infection Preventionist(s) at each BILH business unit. Assist the BILH Chief Infection Prevention Officer with strategic planning to develop a system-level infection prevention program. This involves development of and execution of a tool to perform a gap analysis of current acute care infection prevention programs. Assist the Chief Infection Prevention Officer in the evaluation of infection prevention programmatic needs in continuing care and behavioral care settings. This position will provide direction for outbreak management, surveillance and general infection prevention for business units in these areas currently without infection prevention expertise.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the Chief Infection Prevention Officer, is responsible for planning, implementation, evaluation and continuous improvement of the infection control programs across BILH to ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

  • Establish strong working relationships with Infection Preventionists across BILH and promote direction, support and content expertise. Lead cross-functional teams at the system and facility level to drive infection prevention and patient safety work with a focus on supporting BILH annual goals related to infection prevention.

  • Identify areas of risk and work towards mitigation of those risks related to infection control across BILH through monitoring surveillance data, performance and outcomes at the facility and infection prevention program level.

  • Utilize surveillance data across business units to identify opportunities for improvement in healthcare-associated infections and lead change efforts.

  • Maintain advanced knowledge of National Health Safety Network (NHSN) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health surveillance definitions and regulatory requirements (including TJC, CMS, MDPH, BPHC, and OSHA) to function as key resource and liaison in these areas for BILH.

  • Provide administrative direction and expertise on matters related to environmental contamination (e.g., water damage), equipment disinfection and sterilization, environmental cleaning, and construction/renovation in collaboration with other departments across BILH.

  • Develop and maintain the infection prevention materials on the BILH website and provide template materials to local infection prevention programs as needed. Jointly develop with BILH Clinical Director, Employee Health in prevention of occupational health-related infections. Participate in state-level committees related to infection prevention.

  • Serve as the system-wide representative on the BILH product and patient care committees to assist with product evaluation and selection related to infection prevention. Participate in HealthTrust as the BILH system representative on the Infection Prevention Products Committee to lead requests for new or updated products and devices.

  • Drive the assessment of infection prevention needs in non-acute care settings, including ambulatory surgery centers and primary care.

  • Assist the CIPO in the evaluation of infection prevention programmatic needs in continuing care and behavioral care settings. Provide direction for outbreak management, surveillance and general infection prevention for business units in these areas currently without infection prevention expertise.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in Infection Control, Public Health, Epidemiology or Statistics preferred.

  • License Cert. in Infection Control required., and Registration Nursing License preferred.

  • 5-8 years related work experience required.

  • Understanding of CDC NHSN (National Healthcare Safety Network) surveillance definitions and applications, including SAMS. Knowledge of TJC requirements and state and local DPH and DMH regulations related to reporting of infectious diseases and infection prevention.

  • Knowledge and ability to work in an academic medical center planning and successfully implementing infection control and prevention projects.

  • Familiarity with metrics related to infection prevention in Vizient, Leapfrog CMS, and third party payers. Knowledge of automated infection prevention systems.

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in infection prevention programs in a tertiary care environment.

  • Experience in leadership or oversight of infection preventionists.


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.

  • Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.

  • Written Communications:Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally