Director of Infection Control & Employee Health – District | Full-Time

Holly Thompson

Why Blue Mountain Hospital District & Grant County?

The Blue Mountain Hospital District (BMHD) is located in Grant County, Oregon, at the heart of the John Day River, in beautiful, rural, Eastern Oregon.  Our District is comprised of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), Family & Rural Medicine Clinic, Home Health and Hospice, Emergency Medical Services, an Intermediate Care Center and all of the supporting ancillary departments necessary to care for the health and wellness of our community.

Our District spans from John Day to Prairie City, nestled in a valley surrounded by the Blue Mountains.  The Strawberry Mountain Range and John Day River Valley offers a variety of outdoor activities, from abundant hiking/mountain biking/horse riding trails, to high and low lakes and ponds.  Our area is known to be a “go to” place not just for recreation, but also for big game hunting and fishing!

Join our family-like team and settle into a lifestyle that is hard to beat!

For more information on our area, visit our Grant County Chamber of Commerce page at: https://www.gcoregonlive.com/

Position Summary:

The Director – Infection Control and Employee Health is responsible for identifying, investigating, monitoring, and reporting healthcare-associated infections. Collaborates with teams and individuals to create infection prevention strategies, provide feedback, and sustain infection prevention strategies. Participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.

Runs and maintains the Antimicrobial Stewardship program for the district

Is responsible for working collaboratively with HR to assure compliance in the districts employee health processes.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Promotes the mission, vision and values of the BMHD.
  • Education to the district on Infection Control, Employee Health, and Antimicrobial Stewardship as the needs arise
  • Program Management
  • Design and Deliver Education
  • Regulatory Requirements for: Infection Prevention, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Employee Health
  • Performance Improvement
  • accountable for the infection prevention and control activities/program
  • Identification of infectious disease processes
  • Surveillance and epidemiologic investigation
  • Preventing and controlling the transmission of infectious agents
  • Management and communication
  • Education and research
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications, attending webinars, establishing professional networks, participates in professional organizations.
  • Any additional duties pertaining to the daily operations of the Employee Health

Core Accountabilities: 

Productivity

Demonstrate ability to maintain a high level of output without sacrificing quality.

  • Able to demonstrate and maintain consistent and efficient performance.
  • Able to work with small products with repetitive motion and dexterity required.
  • Ability to determine appropriate course of action in more complex situations.
  • Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous responsibilities and to prioritize scheduling of work.
  • Ability to complete work assignments accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Completes annual education requirements.

Technical Skills

Demonstrate ability to learn and maintain appropriate technical skills to effectively support the electronic record system.

  • Displays the ability to demonstrate leadership, managerial, good interpersonal relationships and the application of sound administrative principles.
  • Ability to communicate to effectively, both oral and written through e-mail, presentations etc.
  • Displays an understanding of electronic healthcare systems.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Google Calendar, Gmail, Excel, PowerPoint, keyboarding, and reporting.

Teamwork

Establish & maintain solid work relationships, through communication, cooperation, and positive interaction with all employees, staff and physicians.

  • Approachability – build rapport by making the effort to be cooperative and adaptive, put others at ease, and support co-workers.
  • Listening – practice active listening; display patience when listening to the views of others, and discuss differing opinions with an open mind.
  • Problem Solving work with others to prevent problems & find a solution when issues arise.
  • Effectively and consistently communicates administrative directives to personnel and encourages interactive departmental meetings and discussions.

Customer Service

Exhibit professional behavior while being caring and compassionate. 

  • Customer Focusdedicated to meeting the expectations of the internal customer. Demonstrate sensitivity, empathy, concern and respect for others.  Act with the patient care in mind, gain trust and respect by building and maintaining effective relationships.
  • Maintain confidentialityin accordance with the Oregon State Board of Nursing and Blue Mountain Hospital District
  • Demonstrate sensitivity, empathy, concern and respect for others. Act with the patient care in mind, gain trust and respect by building and maintaining effective relationships.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times by adhering to the federal HIPAA regulations.
  • Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner at all times.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others including physicians, nurses, administrators, managers, vendors, and other health care industry personnel.

Effective Use of Resources

Maximize the resources while minimizing waste and controlling expenses.  This includes the effective use of work time and supplies, working safely, following established work practices, and seeking ways to improve operations. 

  • Improvement – recommend procedures that reduce costs and streamline operations while improving quality.
  • Maintain neat, clean and professional work area.

Initiative

Self-motivated and contribute to new ideas.

  • Improvements – initiate improvements and apply new methods of working to help achieve goals.
  • Learning on the go develop an action plan when facing new problems, and be open to change.   

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Employee Health Nurse (non-clinical supervision)

Supervised By:

  • Reports to the Director – Home Health and Hospice.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Maintains self-motivation and sustains a high level of momentum.
  • Able to successfully prioritize when faced with requests, demands and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of customer service concepts.
  • Professional accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Research and Implementation
  • Infection Prevention Informatics
  • Fiscal Responsibilities
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both in written and oral form.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team, in a fast-paced production-oriented environment.
  • Proven presentation skills.
  • Expresses excellent judgment, discretion and decision making abilities.
  • Maintains a sensitive, fair and impartial approach to dealing with employees.
  • Supports and maintains a culture of safety, quality and positive patient experience.
  • Working knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements. Continued readiness related to healthcare or hospital standards.
  • Ability to prioritize, highly organized.

Education Requirements:

Required: 

  • Baccalaureate degree 

Preferred:

  • Experience in public health, epidemiology, clinical laboratory science, medical technology or related field.

Certification/Licensure requirements:

Required:         

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certified by American Heart Association (AHA).
  • MUST obtain within 60days of hire.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred:       

  • Certification in Infection Control and Epidemiology (i.e.: CIC© preferred) or, attainment within 5 years after employment
  • Is qualified through education, training, experience, or certification in infection prevention and control, is appointed by the governing body, or responsible individual, and the recommendations of medical staff leadership and nursing leadership

For more information, contact:

Holly Thompson, Human Resources Generalist
hthompson@bluemountainhospital.org  |  (541) 575-3820