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Roles & Responsibilities:
The Assistant Director of High-level Disinfection and Sterilization, Infection Prevention, is under the direction of the Director, Infection Prevention, and is responsible for the oversight of areas where any part of instrument or device reprocessing occurs in the hospital and associated ambulatory/outpatient areas. The Assistant Director of High-level Disinfection and Sterilization will also assist the Director in the daily management and operations of the Infection Prevention Department, including simultaneous coverage of some hospital areas, interaction, consultation, collaboration and education of hospital personnel as it relates to both infection control and reprocessing processes. Communication and consultation with the city and state health departments and other regulatory entities are done as appropriate. The responsibilities encompass compliance with Joint Commission (JC) standards, CMS, OSHA, and city and state regulations, outbreak investigation, surveillance and overall management of the high-level disinfection and sterilization program as directed.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Oversees and coordinates activities related to reprocessing of instruments and devices throughout the hospital including ambulatory and outpatient areas.
2. Monitors compliance with policies and procedures as established by regulatory agencies, evidence-based guidelines, and hospital.
3. Conducts ongoing review of hospital policies, procedures and evidence-based guidelines to identify discrepancies and/or updates and implements revisions as necessary.
4. Ensures adequate training and competency of staff designated to reprocessing duties.
5. Provides information to hospital committees and department managers to formulate changes in the policies, procedures and/or processes which could reduce the spread of infection.
6. Collaborates with Central Sterile Processing and Perioperative Services to ensure that materials and process are standardized and remain centralized as appropriate.
7. Interacts with physicians, nurses, departmental managers, supervisors, employee health and other clinical/non-clinical staff members to provide resource information, resolve problems related to reprocessing of instruments and devices, and identify new opportunities to improve service and reduce costs.
8. Conducts and analyzes statistical data and maintain and prepare reports for the infection prevention committee, medical staff committees, medical executive committees and the facility's administration and other committees as needed.
9. Oversees and makes recommendations regarding construction, renovation, workflow of reprocessing areas and assures compliance with national and/or professional standards.
10. Oversees the identification and control of issues of epidemiological significance.
11. Ensures compliance with quality assurance, safety practices, policies and recordkeeping standards.
12. Supervises in the investigation of infection transmission and/or outbreaks related to reprocessing failures and make recommendations for prevention and control measures and follow-up of exposed individuals.
13. Data entry and analysis. Management of database and database queries.
14. Accountable for maintaining and advancing knowledge and professional practice.
15. Other related duties, as assigned, including, but not limited to taking on assignments on temporary basis’s as needed.
Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration, Public Administration or related field
Minimum Related Experience:
Minimum five years’ experience in health care field setting with progressive job-related experience specific to area of responsibility.
Minimum Licensing Requirements:
New York State License in Nursing with current registration, if applicable.
Active certification endorsed by the Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC) and/or the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management and/or another certification as Sterile Processing Technician.
Minimum Computer Skills:
Advanced MS Office Skills, (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
Must be knowledgeable in performing and able to interpret basic statistical analysis.
Strength Through Diversity
The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity and inclusion is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize healthcare delivery together.
We work hard to recruit and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you have the opportunity and support to develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, have an impact on quality patient care.
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Who We Are
Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.
Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospitals, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.