The VA Pittsburgh Medical Center is an acute tertiary care Level IA facility. The Pittsburgh VA covers the Pittsburgh region and surrounding suburban areas with a prominent medical school. Infection Prevention and Infection Control at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is a crucial activity. Evidence-based prevention and control activities directed toward healthcare-associated infections and other infectious conditions are integral components of the Infection Prevention and Control Program. The Deputy Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention assists the Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention in managing and directing for the Infection Prevention department. In the absence of the Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, the Deputy Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention will fulfill the duties of the Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection. This position also impacts the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and a vital role in committees and task forces (e.g. Nosocomial Infection Prevention (NIP) subcommittee patient safety, Central Line Infection Prevention (CLIP), Associated Catheter Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), MRSA prevention, RME committee and survey team, participates as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on appropriate incident command and other targeted teams, Ventilator-associated Pneumonia Prevention (VAPP) team, surgical site infection workgroup, and nursing clinical council. The Deputy Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention assists the Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention in the following duties will include the following: Leading the Infection Prevention department to prevent and/or control infections in the health care environment, including providing supervision for the Nurse Manager, Infection Prevention, and any other supporting staff for the department that are not supervised by the Nurse Manager, Infection Prevention. Using guidance established by VA Central Office and other applicable regulatory/accreditation agencies and ensuring all polices are reviewed and revised to align with all applicable guidance. Ensuring that ICRA standards are met for all construction sites to minimize exposure for patients and VAPHS employees and maintain control for the CLC. Participating in Environment of Care rounds an ensuring that the built environment is suitable for patient care and processes in place prevent environment-transmission of pathogenic organisms. Collaborates with Microbiology in the selection, distribution, and diagnostic stewardship of clinical and environmental testing for organisms of clinical significance. Provides direct patient care as part of the Infectious Diseases Division, including inpatient and outpatient consultation services. Maintains of a high degree of excellence in clinical outcomes while providing efficient patient care. Participates in quality assurance programs and chart reviews. Advises other departments and committees as necessary as an Infection Prevention subject matter expert Supports the Emergency Management Committee in high consequence pathogen preparation Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Ad Hoc Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting
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