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The Chief of Epidemiology and Infection Control is responsible for developing, implementing and supervising infection prevention, control, surveillance and intervention programs intended to minimize the risks of healthcare-associated and occupational infection or injury for patients, visitors and healthcare providers (HCPs) throughout Cook County Health (CCH). The Chief is responsible for ensuring that CCH facilities comply with infection control-related standards and infection reporting requirements established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (currently monitored at CCH by the Joint Commission), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other regulatory bodies. The Chief will coordinate these activities through regular inter-facility and interdepartmental interactions as reported in monthly meetings of the CCH Infection Control Committees and for supervising Infection Prevention Nurses (IPN)s and infection prevention extenders staffing each of the CCH facilities. The Chief will supervise the infection control programs of each of the clinical care facilities in CCH, including Stroger and Provident Hospitals, Cermak Health Services, and those of the Ambulatory & Community Healthcare Network (ACHN).
General Administrative Responsibilities
• Review applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements and consult with Labor Relations to generate management proposals • Participate in collective bargaining negotiations, caucus discussions and working meetings
• Document, recommend and effectuate discipline at all levels • Work closely with labor relations and/or labor counsel to effectuate and enforce applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements • Initiate, authorize and complete disciplinary action pursuant to CCH system rules, policies, procedures and provision of applicable collective bargaining agreements
Supervision • Direct and effectuate CCH management policies and practices • Access and proficiently navigate CCH records system to obtain and review information necessary to execute provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements
• Contribute to the management of CCH staff and CCH’ systemic development and success • Discuss and develop CCH system policy and procedure • Consistently use independent judgment to identify operational staffing issues and needs and perform the following functions as necessary; hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, direct or discipline employees pursuant to applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements • Work with Labor Relations to discern past practice when necessary
• Develops and implements system-wide infection surveillance, prevention, and control policies and procedures that adhere to nationally recognized guidelines and regulations. • Documents the infection prevention and control program surveillance, prevention, and control activities in the form of the infection control risk assessment and the infection control plan. • Communicates, reports to, and collaborates with the quality assessment and performance improvement program on infection prevention and control matters. • Trains and educates nursing, medical and ancillary staff on the practical applications of infection prevention and control guidelines, and policies, including training for the prevention of hospital spread of, and protection against acquisition of novel infections such as COVID19, Ebola and Monkeypox. • Prevents and controls healthcare associated infections, including audits of adherence to infection prevention and control policies and procedures by hospital staff, including medical staff. • Communicates and collaborates with the antibiotic stewardship program. • Promotes awareness of and compliance with infection control and prevention policies and procedures among CCH employees, patients, and visitors via dissemination of information throughout CCH facilities, the CCH intranet including Learning Management System (LMS) and other communications as needed. • Utilizes queries of computerized laboratory, medical, and administrative data supplemented by manual review. • Develops and implements surveillance measures for Clostridium difficile and multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO)s including MRSA, device related infections, surgical site infections and communicable diseases. • Analyzes these data to stratify infection risk and inform changes in policy and procedure based on hospital location or community environment; patient or population characteristics; treatment and services provided; and impact of previous Infection Prevention and Control interventions. • Develops and implements tools by which appropriate infection control measurements (e.g., central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), surgical site infections (SSI)s, C.difficile infections and MRSA) are reported to IDPH., CDC (e.g., to its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)) and other regulatory bodies as required by law and/or consistent with prevailing public health standards. • Monitors and oversees documentation of hand hygiene adherence and reporting. • Oversees the detection and investigation of infection epidemics within CCH facilities or affecting populations served by the CCH. • Coordinates system wide response to emerging pathogen threats including H1N1, SARS, MERS, COVID-19, EBOLA and Monkeypox. • Collaborates with colleagues in the CDPH, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), the IDPH and the CDC in surveillance, reporting and intervening in community infection epidemics. • Collaborates with leadership in the CCDPH, Division of Infectious Diseases (ID), Employee Health Service (EHS), Emergency Department and CCH administration to coordinate CCH response, including coordination of vaccination campaigns and escalation of infection control procedures, to epidemics and pandemics of influenza and other respiratory pathogens. • Provides consultation as needed to intra- and extramural incident command structures established in response to staged or actual regional disasters. • Collaborates with EHS leadership in developing and implementing policies and procedures to prevent occupational infection or needle-stick injury; and, in the event of relevant employee exposures, to deploy post-exposure prophylaxis to minimize occupational infection risk; and, in the event of occupational infection, to guide effective infection treatment. • Collaborate with environmental service providers across the CCH to ensure that cleaning and disinfection procedures are thorough and effective. • Collaborate with appropriate CCH staff to ensure that demolition or construction projects on or near CCH facilities pose minimal risk of transmission of airborne particulates or infectious agents to CCH patients, visitors and employees. • Collaborates with appropriate CCH supply chain staff to ensure that all equipment obtained for caring for CCH patients and for use in CCH facilities is designed to minimize risk of employee, patient or environment contamination. • Monitors and enforces the use of appropriate sterilization procedures for equipment used in patient procedures and maintenance of sterilizers. • Collaborates with CCH clinical leaders in the control, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis • Chairs monthly CCH Infection Control Committee meetings held at Stroger and Provident Hospitals and Cermak Health Services. • Attends or provides representation for infection control meetings held at other CCH facilities. • Prepares and presents regular reports on infection control activities and measures to appropriate CCH Oversight bodies such as the Stroger Hospital Quality Assurance committee and the Stroger Hospital Executive Medical Staff. • Maintains an active clinical load (patient care) of approximately 40% time. • Participates in the teaching activities of the Division of Infectious Diseases, including regular attendance at teaching conferences and supervision of trainees. • Participates in clinical research related to infection control as appropriate. • Functions as a leader and resource among medical, nursing and support service personnel for infection control-related issues. • Performs other duties as assigned.
• Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree from an accredited medical school. • Licensed as a physician in the State of Illinois or have the ability to obtain Illinois physician licensure before starting employment. • Completion of an accredited fellowship program in Infectious Diseases. • Certification in Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. • Completion of a training program in hospital epidemiology offered by the CDC or by an accredited graduate program in public health. • At least five (5) years of experience as a Hospital Epidemiologist in a United States acute care hospital. • At least two (2) years of work experience in administrating clinical, educational, quality assurance or research program related to Epidemiology. • Current and valid Illinois Controlled Substances License or have the ability to obtain license prior to starting employment. • Current and valid licensure with the Federal DEA or have the ability to obtain license prior to starting employment. • Proficiency using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). • Must be accessible to CCH leadership at all times. • Must have valid driver's license and be able to travel to all CCH sites.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
• Knowledge of infection prevention, control, surveillance and intervention practices. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate with all levels of staff and a patient population composed of diverse cultures and age groups. • Strong customer service and empathy skills. • Ability to recommend and oversee the management of staff. • Ability to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects. • Ability to participate in the activities and educational programs appropriate to the specialty. • Ability to adhere to department policies and standards utilizing best practices incorporating the use of electronic health record (EHR).
Physical and Environmental Demands
This position is functioning within a healthcare environment. The incumbent is responsible for adherence to all hospital and department specific safety requirements. This includes but is not limited to the following policies and procedures: complying with Personal Protective Equipment requirements, hand washing and sanitizing practices, complying with department specific engineering and work practice controls and any other work area safety precautions as specified by hospital wide policy and departmental procedures.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the personnel so classified.
For purposes of the American with Disabilities Act, “Typical Duties” are essential job functions.
VETERAN PREFERENCE PLEASE READ
When applying for employment with Cook County Health, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must:
• Meet the minimum qualifications for the position. • Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question, “Are you a Military Veteran?” • Attach a copy of their DD 214, DD 215 or NGB 22 (Notice of Separation at time of application filing. Please note: If you have multiple DD214s, 215s, or NGB 22S, Please submit the one with the latest date. Coast Guard must submit a certified copy of the military separation from either the Department of Transportation (Before 9/11) or the Department of Homeland Security (After 9/11). Discharge papers must list and Honorable Discharge Status. Discharge papers not listing an Honorable Discharge Status are not acceptable
A copy of a valid State ID Card or Driver’s License which identifies the holder of the ID as a Veteran, may also be attached to the application at time of filing.
If items are not attached, you will not be eligible for Veteran Preference
VETERANS MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL APPLICABLE DISCHARGE PAPERS OR APPLICABLE STATE ID CARD OR DRIVER’S LICENSE AT TIME OF INTERVIEW.
MUST MEET ALL REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AT TIME OF APPLICATION FILING
“Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada muse be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belongings to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview”.
*Please note all offers of Employment are contingent upon the following conditions: satisfactory professional & employment references, healthcare and criminal background checks, appropriate licensure/certifications and the successful completion of a physical and pre-employment drug screen.
*CCH is strictly prohibited from conditioning, basing or knowingly prejudicing or affecting any term or aspect of County employment or hiring upon or because of any political reason or factor.
COOK COUNTY HEALTH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
ABOUT COOK COUNTY HEALTH (CCH)The Cook County Health’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County. CCH is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCH is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.COOK COUNTY HEALTH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER