Tower Health - Reading, PA

Infection preventionist

Job Summary

Infection Preventionist

We are looking for an Infection Preventionist to step in at Tower Health in West Reading, Pennsylvania. You will report to the System Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention at this 714 bed facility. 

You must have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education. Likewise, related experience is required.

About Tower health

With more than 14,000 team members, Tower Health consists of Reading Hospital, a teaching hospital in West Reading; Chestnut Hill Hospital, a teaching hospital in Philadelphia; Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville; Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown; and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, a partnership of Tower Health and Drexel University, in Philadelphia. It also includes Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing; Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in West Reading; home healthcare services provided by Tower Health at Home; and a network of 27 urgent care facilities across the Tower Health service area. Tower Health offers a connected network of 2,200 physicians, specialists, and providers across more than 230 convenient locations.

Tower Health also has a growing relationship with Drexel University to advance its academic strategy. The two organizations collaborated to build an additional site location for Drexel’s College of Medicine in Wyomissing, less than one mile from Tower Health’s flagship, Reading Hospital. Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health has the capacity to train and educate up to 300 medical students.

About the town

Reading, PA

D

Public Schools

C-

Housing

C-

Good for Familes

c-

Jobs

B

Cost of Living

A-

Outdoor Activities

C-

Crime & Safety

A

Nightlife

a-

Diversity

B-

Weather

C

Health & Fitness

A

Commute

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

Tower health

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?0.4351.7780.420.000CMS07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019
Infection in the blood What’s This?0.7183.4200.810.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Infection in the urinary tract What’s This?0.9072.6440.750.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Surgical site infection after colon surgery What’s This?1.9352.8870.800.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
MRSA Infection What’s This?0.8503.0550.840.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
C. diff. Infection What’s This?0.5991.9490.540.0002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Death from treatable serious complications What’s This?174.84206.08159.6795.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
Harmful Events What’s This?0.873.351.000.60CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous bed sores What’s This? *0.368.800.580.04CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Collapsed lung What’s This? *0.270.480.230.12CMS07/01/2018 – 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? *2.245.582.541.26CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Kidney injury after surgery What’s This? *1.423.451.420.58CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Serious breathing problem What’s This? *3.4917.095.181.66CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous blood clot What’s This? *3.218.413.611.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Sepsis infection after surgery What’s This? *4.389.734.962.31CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Surgical wound splits open What’s This? *0.751.540.860.57CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Accidental cuts and tears What’s This? *2.423.971.210.37CMS07/01/2018 – 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?110.7746.15116.85120.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Staff work together to prevent errors What’s This?60.000.00116.49120.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Enough qualified nurses What’s This?100.0017.6598.16100.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Handwashing What’s This?Not Available1574.361002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Communication with nurses What’s This?927391.1098CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication with doctors What’s This?918091.0098CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Responsiveness of hospital staff What’s This?856084.3894CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication about medicines What’s This?755377.6692CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication about discharge What’s This?866786.5196CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019

Hospital Leadership

MEET THE staff

Catherine Huck, MS, BSMT(ASCP), CIC, CPHQ

system Director, Epidemiology & Infection Prevention

Maureen Carroll

Senior Recruiter

Official job description

infection preventionist - Tower health

Responsibilities
The Infection Preventionist (IP) helps to prevent healthcare associated infections by isolating sources of infections and limiting their spread. The IP is responsible for surveillance, rounding, analyzing, interpreting and the reporting of healthcare 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 healthcare members in infection prevention. The IP is a leader in infection prevention and serves as a resource, educator, researcher and proponent of change in order to influence infection prevention improvement to provide quality health care within the organization. The IP reports to the System Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention.

Education Requirements
4 year/Bachelor’s Degree or combination of relevant education and experience considered in lieu of a degree.

Experience
Relevant Experience

Required Skills
Excellent Communications Skills
Excellent Interpersonal Skills
General Clerical Skills
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word
Multi Line Telephone Operational Skills

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

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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