Atrium Health - Winston-Salem, NC

Director, Infection prevention

Job Summary

Director, Infection Prevention

We are looking for a certified Infection Preventionist and registered nurse to fill the role of Infection Prevention Director at Atrium Health’s five hospital locations in the greater Winston-Salem, North Carolina region. You will manage 10 direct reports and 19 overall within the infection prevention department at this 885 bed hospital.

You will need your BSN or Bachelor’s Degree in a related healthcare field, though a Master’s in Public Health or Healthcare Administration or related field is preferred. Along with your RN license in the State of North Carolina and CIC, you will need five years of experience in Infection Control and three years of experience in a management role. 

About Atrium health Wake Forest Baptist

Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health have joined forces in a strategic combination that will enhance care, transform medical education and create economic opportunity for countless lives in North Carolina and beyond. Wake Forest Baptist Health is a nationally recognized academic health system in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an integrated enterprise including educational and research facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and other primary and specialty care facilities serving 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia.

Atrium Health Wake Forest comprises of a regional clinical system with more than 300 locations, 2,100 physicians and 1,535 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine; and Wake Forest Innovations, which promotes the commercialization of research discoveries and operates Innovation Quarter, an urban research and business park specializing in biotechnology, materials science and information technology. Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical, research and educational programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country. Along with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, you will manage the Quality departments at Davie Medical Center, High Point Medical Center, Lexington Medical Center, and Wilkes Medical Center.

About the town

Winston-Salem, NC

B

Public Schools

B

Housing

A-

Good for Familes

B

Jobs

B

Cost of Living

B+

Outdoor Activities

B

Crime & Safety

B+

Nightlife

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Diversity

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Weather

B-

Health & Fitness

A-

Commute

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

MeasureThe Hospital’s ScoreWorst Performing HospitalAvg. Performing HospitalBest Performing HospitalData SourceTime Period Covered
Dangerous object left in patient’s body What’s This?0.0000.3590.020.000CMS07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019
Air or gas bubble in the blood What’s This?0.0000.036.00040.000CMS07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019
Patient falls and injuries What’s This?0.4701.7780.420.000CMS07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019
Infection in the blood What’s This?1.1883.4200.810.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Infection in the urinary tract What’s This?0.4372.6440.750.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Surgical site infection after colon surgery What’s This?0.7172.8870.800.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
MRSA Infection What’s This?1.7603.0550.840.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
C. diff. Infection What’s This?0.5001.9490.540.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Death from treatable serious complications What’s This?157.33206.08159.6795.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
Harmful Events What’s This?1.123.351.000.60CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous bed sores What’s This? *1.078.800.580.04CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Collapsed lung What’s This? *0.280.480.230.12CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Falls causing broken hips What’s This? *0.080.160.090.07CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Blood Leakage What’s This? *1.595.582.541.26CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Kidney injury after surgery What’s This? *1.213.451.420.58CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Serious breathing problem What’s This? *4.6517.095.181.66CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous blood clot What’s This? *4.088.413.611.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Sepsis infection after surgery What’s This? *5.079.734.962.31CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Surgical wound splits open What’s This? *0.961.540.860.57CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Accidental cuts and tears What’s This? *0.853.971.210.37CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
* This measure is a part of the Harmful Events Composite and is not used for scoring.

Process measures include the management structures and procedures a hospital has in place to protect patients from errors, accidents, and injuries.

MeasureThe Hospital’s ScoreWorst Performing HospitalAvg. Performing HospitalBest Performing HospitalData SourceTime Period Covered
Doctors order medications through a computer What’s This?100585.771002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Safe medication administration What’s This?100583.251002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Specially trained doctors care for ICU patients What’s This?100562.821002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Effective leadership to prevent errors What’s This?120.0046.15116.85120.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Staff work together to prevent errors What’s This?120.000.00116.49120.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Enough qualified nurses What’s This?100.0017.6598.16100.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Handwashing What’s This?1001574.361002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Communication with nurses What’s This?907391.1098CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication with doctors What’s This?938091.0098CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Responsiveness of hospital staff What’s This?816084.3894CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication about medicines What’s This?745377.6692CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication about discharge What’s This?846786.5196CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019

Hospital Leadership

MEET THE staff

Bradi Walton

Talent Acquisition Consultant

Werner Bischoff MD, MS, PhD, FSHEA

Professor, Internal Medicine/Section of Infection Prevention

Elizabeth Floyd

Administrative Assistant

Official job description

Director, infection prevention
- Atrium Health

JOB SUMMARY: Provides daily operational oversight and coordination of the Department of Infection Prevention & Health System Epidemiology, including technical, clerical and professional staff. Under the direction of the Medical Director of Infection Prevention, provides oversight and coordination of infection prevention related programs and policies across the Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) System. Collaborates with the leaders of Quality and Safety, and Clinical Compliance and Regulatory Services to provide coordinated leadership and support level resources to achieve facility and system quality goals.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: BSN or BS in a related healthcare field. Master’s in Public Health or Healthcare Administration or related field preferred. Five years’ experience in Infection Control. Three years’ experience in a management/supervisory position.

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, and/or REGISTRATION: Current licensure as Board certified in Infection Control and Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of North Carolina.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Exemplifies the Wake Forest Baptist Health System Values and Code of Conduct, while striving to identify compliance risk through department led risk assessments, system monitoring, and periodic audits, and reporting any identified violation to Legal Services and Corporate Compliance Departments. Ensures immediate action is taken on any issues identified through a self-assessment or by Legal Services or Corporate Compliance; that policies are developed or revised as necessary; and that efforts are made to ensure a positive and compliant work environment for all employees.
Demonstrates leadership in the areas of: Human Resources, Financial Management, Planning, Directing, Continuous quality improvement, Institutional support and representation, and Customer service
Directs the overall day-to-day activities of the Infection Prevention Department for the WFBH System.
Directly supervises and mentors the Infection Preventionists for the WFBH System. Responsible for employee performance appraisals and ongoing evaluation of staff. Maintains effective operations and employee morale by appropriately handling hiring, orientation/training, performance review, and disciplinary actions within established policy.
Under the direction of the Medical Director:
Assists in directing a comprehensive Health System Infection Prevention Program to include implementation of policies, procedures, and standards of practice targeted at healthcare associated and communicable disease prevention consistent with accreditation and regulatory requirements.
Provides oversight and coordinates the current, active surveillance program. Manages current infection control databases and assures data integrity. Provides comprehensive and meaningful reports that include statistical analysis and research findings from studies for the Infection Prevention Committee Meetings and other WFBH System Committees as determined by Administration. Recommends follow-up actions to the Medical Director and monitors implementation.
Implements processes to monitor for timely identification and accurate designation of healthcare associated infections; oversees timely reporting pursuant to regulatory requirements.
Evaluates surveillance activities and outcomes related to healthcare associated and occupationally acquired infections with consideration to populations served, services provided, patient acuity, high-risk procedures and critical pathogens. Collaborates with the leadership team to develop the annual Infection Prevention plan and goals.
Provides oversight for investigation of infection control issues, concerns, and trends/patterns; working with the Health System Epidemiologist assures implementation of appropriate interventions.
Provides oversight for the standards and regulatory compliance (e.g. TJC, DHSR, CMS and OSHA) for the WFBH System facilities and associated clinics.
Directs development, implementation and review of an ongoing program of Infection Prevention education and training for Health System employees, contract staff, volunteers, physicians, others.
Identifies leading practices for Infection Prevention and shares/integrates best practices within the WFBH System. Identifies opportunities for improvement, and leads/participates in the Quality and Performance Improvement teams/activities to provide content and expertise to meet system wide goals, and achieve clinical outcome improvements.
Provides oversight for infection prevention related adherence to sterilization, high level disinfection, and point of use practices.
Collaborates with Employee Health Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Services, Engineering, and Facilities Services to develop policies related to disease and infection prevention. Provides oversight for infection prevention recommendations and response to construction and other environment of care activities.
Actively participates in all Emergency Management activities, including training, monitoring, and testing of systems.
Assures Infection Prevention staff participation in various committee/team activities as requested and/or required.
Reviews national evidence based Infection Prevention and Safety standards and procedures, interventions, and educational activities to reduce the risk for healthcare associated infections and improve patient outcomes.
Collaborates with state and local Health Directors and Epidemiologists, and related federal and state funded positions in policy development, investigations and recommendations for actions related to public reporting of healthcare associated infections, outbreaks, epidemics and bioterrorism readiness.
Collaborates with Employee Health Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Services, Engineering and Facilities Services to develop policies related to disease and infection prevention. Provides oversight on infection prevention recommendations related to construction and other environment of care activities.
Limits the distribution of protected health information (PHI) to the information reasonably necessary to do the job including sharing information only on a need to know basis for work purposes.
Assists in Provision of information and participates in the preparation of written justification for the capital and operational budget request for the department. Assists in managing the annual departmental budget, ensures effective and appropriate utilization of resources, and justifies budget variances on a monthly/quarterly basis.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner
Demonstrates ability to manage/supervise a combination of staff, including clinical, laboratory and clerical
Demonstrates skill in conflict resolution
Extensive knowledge of basic principles and standards of infection control
Extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations governing infection control
Knowledge of the principles, theories, and methodologies of process improvement
Knowledge of the principles of growth and development and demonstration of the skills and competency appropriate to the ages, culture, developmental stages, and special needs of the patient population served
Ability to problem-solve/critical thinking and possesses customer service skills
Ability to instruct, develop educational materials, and to evaluate the progress of program participants
Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, patients, families, and physicians
Clean, comfortable office environment
Hospitals: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Davie Medical Center, High Point Medical Center, Lexington Medical Center, Wilkes Medical Center

About Us
Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health have joined forces in a strategic combination that will enhance care, transform medical education and create economic opportunity for countless lives in North Carolina and beyond. Wake Forest Baptist Health (www.WakeHealth.edu) is a nationally recognized academic health system in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an integrated enterprise including educational and research facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and other primary and specialty care facilities serving 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia.

It comprises: a regional clinical system with more than 300 locations, 2,100 physicians and 1,535 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine; and Wake Forest Innovations, which promotes the commercialization of research discoveries and operates Innovation Quarter, an urban research and business park specializing in biotechnology, materials science and information technology. Wake Forest Baptist’s clinical, research and educational programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country.

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Yes. All of our open positions come with some sort of relocation allowance to help with the expenses of relocating. 

Yes. We will prep you for every interview you take. We know what our clients are looking for, so we will let you know what to expect and what experiences and accomplishments you should be sure to communicate to them in an interview.

Yes. If you connect us with another Infection Prevention professional that is interested in this position, and ultimately gets hired – we will send you a $500 referral bonus. 

Of course. We work to get you the highest possibly financial package – and communicate our progress throughout the process. We are financially incentivized to get you the most lucrative offer possible. 

Absolutely. We will review your resume before we submit it to the client to make sure it communicates everything it needs to.

First, everything we offer to our candidates is completely FREE. 

We operate as advisors and consultants for your Infection Prevention career. We’ve recruited in this industry for a long time and understand the profession as well as anyone.

If you decide you’d like us to represent you and apply for a position, the first thing our team will do is examine your resumé closely. We will fix up your resumé to ensure it communicates exactly what our client is looking for – demonstrating not only what you’ve been responsible for in previous Infection Prevention positions, but also how effective you’ve been in those roles. 

We have direct access to the hiring managers in the positions we search on which allows us to present your resumé directly to them, knowing exactly what they want to see in a candidate. We will keep you in the loop when this happens and what their initial feedback is. No more waiting in the dark hoping to hear back from HR.

Because of our relationships with the hiring manager, we have the ability to make a case for them to speak with you. It also allows us to get quick, honest feedback following each interview you have. And we will provide that feedback to you, good or bad.

In addition to preparing your resumé and presenting directly to the hiring manager, we also will prep you for each and every interview. Again, we know what our clients are looking for, so we will let you know what to expect and what experiences and accomplishments you should be sure to communicate to them in an interview.

In terms of the interview process, we’ll work with you and the client to get those scheduled during a time that makes sense for you.

Perhaps the most beneficial piece of being represented by Clutch Recruitment is that we’ll negotiate an offer for you – securing the highest possible offer the client can make. Don’t worry about your salary demands rubbing your future employer the wrong way;  we do all of that for you, ensuring a completely fair offer, without the awkwardness that potentially comes with it. We are financially incentivized to get you the highest possible offer, and we will ensure that happens.

Once you accept an offer, our work doesn’t stop. We’ll be there to talk you through your resignation and prepare you for how to handle a counter offer, along with all other complications that may arise. 

We have a large in house sourcing team that collects information from various databases online including LinkedIn, certification boards, and professional associations. 

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