Position Summary: The Director of Healthcare Epidemiology is an important role at Stony Brook Medicine. The incumbent will be responsible for leading a team of infection control practitioners in the system-wide Infection Prevention Plan in collaboration with the Hospital Epidemiologist (HE), Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and as directed by the Infection Control Committee.
Duties of the Director of Healthcare Epidemiology may include the following but are not limited to:
Direct system-wide (Hospital, remotely situated outpatient clinics, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Cancer Center, integrated hospitals i.e. Southampton Hospital, etc.) Infection Prevention Program (plan, manage & evaluate) in collaboration with the Hospital Epidemiologist (HE), Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and as directed by the Infection Control Committee.
Responsible for the oversight and management of daily operation of the Healthcare Epidemiology Department (HED) and serve as a mentor / resource for 6 full-time Infection Control Practitioners (ICP) and 1 Staff Assistant. This includes daily surveillance for multi-drug resistant organisms (isolation of patients) and healthcare associated infections (HAI); review the identified HAI's for accuracy (this requires review of patients EMR) prior to ICP's reporting such to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), discussing with the unit leadership & pertinent committees. Competency in surveillance definitions and application of the criteria are integral to accomplish this function. This also includes scheduling, staffing and evaluation as well as competency rating of all employees.
With the emphasis on improvement and publicly reported data, the Director will possess a heightened ability to provide statistical analysis of data, NHSN data management, evaluate the program annually and implement prevention strategies in collaboration with front line workers and leadership. This is accomplished through evaluating the risk assessment and infection control action plan annually and as needed.
Maintain current knowledge with all existing and emerging regulations and national guidelines specific to preventable events related to infections.
Identify and maintain awareness of any unsanitary conditions, water intrusions, temperature, humidity, sterilization, disinfection and other issues that can serve as potential threat to patients, visitors and healthcare workers safety. Investigating such events and recommending/implementing strategies to prevent or minimize such events, promoting a safe environment for all. Report such events to HE and CMO.
Collaborate with hospital leaders including senior management, department directors (nursing, physician and ancillary) to execute evidence based infection control practices to meet institutional compliance to regulatory agency requirement and safety.
Assess surveillance data to identify trends or clusters & initiate preventive measures, reports the same to the HE and CMO.
Investigates outbreaks (hospital based & outpatient clinics); reports results to the HE & CMO, and to the local & state health departments as warranted.
Gathers & analyzes special information for use in research investigation, this requires review of patient EMR, equipment, environmental epidemiological procedures for use by HE and Infection Control Committee (ICC).
Maintains liaison with community agencies to monitor discharged patients under treatment for communicable diseases.
Revise annually the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) blood borne pathogen standard, infection control scope of services, action plan & risk assessment as part of the evaluation of the infection control program & recommend changes as necessary.
Work closely & collaborate with local, state and federal organizations to report communicable diseases & maintain such data as required by law.
Ensure compliance with The Joint Commission (TJC), Center for Medicaid & Medicare services (CMS) and related regulatory agencies.
Performs as departmental liaison / subject matter expert with internal / external stakeholders to develop & review hospital departmental policies pertinent to infection control. Recommend changes based on specific guidelines, standards and or evidence based practice every two years to keep working policies current
Develop comprehensive IC policies & procedures incorporating CDC, professional organizational guidelines and evidence based practice for a sound Infection Control Program minimizing / preventing transmission of infections.
Performs risk assessments to ensure policies & procedures are tailored to the facility & reassessed & revised at regular intervals.
Develops infection control training program for healthcare professionals (residents, registered nurses, support service personnel) at all levels & students (medical, nursing, health technology etc.) & review / revise the programs annually.
Provide training in High Level Disinfection (HLD) for managers in areas that perform HLD. Develop competencies pertinent to the HLD process.
Facilitate periodic (every three months) culturing of specific endoscopes (ERCP & EU) to assess the effectiveness of manual cleaning process & to prevent transmission of microorganisms.
Promotes professional growth of ICP's through participation in local professional organizational meetings, webinars etc.
Prepare departmental budget, review monthly financial statements (personnel & S & E) for accuracy
Chair designated hospital committees & sub-committees, task forces to monitor institutional compliance & implement changes as needed without compromising patient outcomes.
Directs Staff Assistant in preparation of pertinent data (graphs, tables etc.) for presentation at the ICC, Regulatory Standards Task Force, IC Policy & Procedure Committee, etc. Chairs these committees & is responsible for the agenda
Prepares presentation of statistical data for Medical Quality Assurance Committee, Governing Body, Quality Assurance Review Board etc.
Evaluates construction, renovation & remediation projects from reviewing blueprints, floor plans etc. This requires a sound knowledge of guidelines for design & construction for health care facilities, Department of Health (DOH) guidelines which dictates specific requirements (surface area, air exchanges, temperature & humidity etc.) to perform infection control risk assessment in conjunction with life safety & code compliance officers, which is TJC requirement.
Participates in the bioterrorism preparedness activities to assist in the disaster preparedness for the hospital program.
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing with an advanced degree in a health related field (i.e. Master's in Public Health, Master's in Epidemiology, Master's in Infection Control).
Current license to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State.
Certification in Infection Control by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC).
Minimum of 7 - 10 years' experience of directly related infection prevention (to include current knowledge of clinical infection including surveillance & prevention; trends; local, state & federal laws for reporting; and regulatory agency requirements).
Leadership experience in an acute care hospital or hospital system environment and experience managing staff.
Special Notes: Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.
In accordance with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) order that all hospitals and nursing homes “continuously require all covered personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.” Upon acceptance of a conditional job offer, candidates who are not already vaccinated must obtain the first dose of the vaccine within three (3) calendar days of job offer and must obtain any subsequent doses in accordance with the vaccine protocol. The order allows for limited medical exemptions with reasonable accommodations, consistent with applicable law.
Posting Overview: This position will remain posted until filled or for a maximum of 90 days. An initial review of all applicants will occur two weeks from the posting date. Candidates are advised on the application that for full consideration, applications must be received before the initial review date (which is within two weeks of the posting date).
If within the initial review no candidate was selected to fill the position posted, additional applications will be considered for the posted position; however, the posting will close once a finalist is identified, and at minimal, two weeks after the initial posting date. Please note, that if no candidate were identified and hired within 90 days from initial posting, the posting would close for review, and possibly reposted at a later date.
Stony Brook Medicine is a smoke free environment. Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere on campus, including parking lots and outdoor areas on the premises.
All Hospital positions maybe subject to changes in pass days and shifts as necessary.
This position may require the wearing of respiratory protection, which may prohibit the wearing of facial hair.
This function/position maybe designated as “essential.” This means that when the Hospital is faced with an institutional emergency, employees in such positions may be required to remain at their work location or to report to work to protect, recover, and continue operations at Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook University Hospital and related facilities.
Prior to start date, the selected candidate must meet the following requirements:
Successfully complete pre-employment physical examination and obtain medical clearance from Stony Brook Medicine's Employee Health Services*
Complete electronic reference check with a minimum of three (3) professional references.
Successfully complete a 5 panel drug screen*
Successfully complete a Background Check investigation.
Provide a copy of any required New York State license(s)/certificate(s).
Failure to comply with any of the above requirements could result in a delayed start date and/or revocation of the employment offer.
*The hiring department will be responsible for any fee incurred for examination.
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Visit ourWHY WORK HERE page to learn about the total rewards we offer. Job Number: 2104504Official Job Title: TH Assistant Director of NursingJob Field: Professional ClinicalPrimary Location: US-NY-Stony BrookDepartment/Hiring Area: Healthcare EpidemiologySchedule: Full-time Shift :Day Shift Shift Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Flexible Pass Days: Sat, Sun, VariablePosting Start Date: Nov 15, 2021Posting End Date: Feb 13, 2022, 8:59:00 PMSalary:Commensurate with experienceSalary Grade:SL5