Job Summary: The Infection Prevention & Control Program Manager possesses knowledge of clinical epidemiology principles and is responsible for ensuring compliance with TCC’s Infection Control Programs which includes surveillance, analysis, and reporting of healthcare acquired infections; educating employees about infection control; and the development of health system policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection control standards for facilities that meet standards from AAAHC, APIC, OSAP and AORN, in addition to regulatory requirements from OSHA, Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. The Infection Prevention & Control Program Manager collaborates with programs across TCC to provide support, resources and guidance on infection control related projects, programs and services. The incumbent is recognized as an experienced subject matter expert in the field of health care asepsis practice and standards who has attained this expertise after years of focused emphasis in this field.
Representative Duties: Under general supervision of the Corporate Safety Manager the job incumbent will:
Evaluate and manage compliance with the Infection Control Program as outlined in the Infection Control and Employee health Program Manual for TCC.
Serve as a subject matter expert in infection control requirements for the planning of new clinical facilities and/or the renovation and redesign of existing clinical facilities.
In consultation with the TCC Safety Program, create and update policies and procedures as needed to ensure organizational compliance with best practices and accreditation standards (APIC, AORN, AAAHC, OSAP, CARF) and regulatory requirements (HRSA, OSHA, CDC, CMS) for infection control and prevention.
Serves as the primary contact with regulatory agencies and other organizations on issues related to infection control standards and compliance.
Direct and assist in preparing reports and statistical data for TCC and for local or state agencies; including but not limited to reporting, filing and follow-up.
Conduct regular infection control risk assessments and surveillance of TCC facilities in Fairbanks and rural communities.
Service as the point of contact with the State of Alaska for reportable diseases.
Receive, log, and report disease diagnoses.
Provide initial orientation and ongoing staff education for disease reporting requirements.
Participate as a member of the TCC Health Services Safety & Infection Control Committee.
Participate and contribute subject-matter expertise in Infection Control as a member of the Quality Management Council.
Work closely with the TCC CHAP (Community Health Aide) Program to provide training, education, to CHAP Program employees. Includes:
Regular travel to villages to monitor and assess village clinics and staff for competency, infection control practice, and regulatory compliance
Assure village facilities remain in readiness for inspections and surveys.
Coordinate training as necessary to ensure village-based staff are fully trained and prepared to respond to infection control needs in their communities.
Interact with physicians, nurses, department managers, supervisors and other professional/non-professional staff to provide resource information, resolve infection control problems, and identify new opportunities to improve services.
Internal Number: IRC37845
About Tanana Chiefs Conference
Tanana Chiefs Conference, the traditional tribal consortium of the 42 villages of Interior Alaska, is based on a belief in tribal self-determination and the need for regional Native unity. The history of the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) reflects the importance of balancing the traditional Native values with the modern demands facing us as indigenous peoples. TCC is a non-profit organization that works toward meeting the health and social service challenges for more than 10,000 Alaska Natives spread across a region of 235,000 square miles in Interior Alaska. Imagine the impact your unique skills and abilities would bring to the people of the Alaskan Interior at Tanana Chiefs Conference, Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, or the Morris Thompson Cultural Center. While each of our facilities play a different and crucial role in the healthcare and wellbeing of our community, we unite under the same mission: Accessible and trusted world-class services provided with unconditional love, compassion, dignity and respect.