Providence Health - Eureka, CA

Area Director, Infection prevention

Job Summary

Area Director, Infection Prevention

We are looking for a certified candidate in Infection Control to fill in the role of Area Director of Infection Prevention at Providence Health’s two locations in Eureka, California. You will oversee the Infection Prevention departments at each location, covering a total of 191 beds.

Along with your CIC, you will be required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or your Clinical Lab Science certification. A candidate with a Master’s degree or completion of the APIC certification is preferred. You will need at least 5 years of infection control experience within an acute-care setting.

About Providence health

Providence Health has 120,000 caregivers serving in 52 hospitals, 1,085 clinics, and a comprehensive range of health and social services across North Western America. St. Joseph’s Hospital Eureka, located in Eureka, has served the community since 1920. They have a full-service, state-of-the-art facility with 145 licensed beds, including a 15-bed Acute Rehab Unit. Redwood Memorial Hospital is located in the southern part of Humboldt County and has 46 licensed beds.

About the town

Eureka, CA


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Health & Fitness



Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

St. Joseph's Hospital of Eureka

MeasureThe Hospital’s ScoreWorst Performing HospitalAvg. Performing HospitalBest Performing HospitalData SourceTime Period Covered
Dangerous object left in patient’s body What’s This?0.1550.3590.020.000CMS07/01/2017 – 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?0.7741.7780.420.000CMS07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019
Infection in the blood What’s This?0.0003.4200.810.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Infection in the urinary tract What’s This?0.9822.6440.750.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Surgical site infection after colon surgery What’s This?1.4142.8870.800.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
MRSA Infection What’s This?0.0003.0550.840.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
C. diff. Infection What’s This?0.6451.9490.540.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Death from treatable serious complications What’s This?169.02206.08159.6795.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
Harmful Events What’s This?0.973.351.000.60CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous bed sores What’s This? *0.568.800.580.04CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Collapsed lung What’s This? *0.260.480.230.12CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Falls causing broken hips What’s This? * – 12/31/2019
      Blood Leakage What’s This? *2.525.582.541.26CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Kidney injury after surgery What’s This? *1.253.451.420.58CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Serious breathing problem What’s This? *5.1217.095.181.66CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous blood clot What’s This? *2.698.413.611.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Sepsis infection after surgery What’s This? *5.259.734.962.31CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Surgical wound splits open What’s This? *0.811.540.860.57CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Accidental cuts and tears What’s This? *1.563.971.210.37CMS07/01/2018 – 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?70585.77100Imputation Model AppliedNot Applicable
Safe medication administration What’s This?75583.25100Imputation Model AppliedNot Applicable
Specially trained doctors care for ICU patients What’s This?100562.82100Imputation Model AppliedNot Applicable
Effective leadership to prevent errors What’s This?Declined to Report46.15116.85120.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Staff work together to prevent errors What’s This?Declined to Report0.00116.49120.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Enough qualified nurses What’s This?Declined to Report17.6598.16100.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Handwashing What’s This?Declined to Report1574.361002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Communication with nurses What’s This?907391.1098CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication with doctors What’s This?898091.0098CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Responsiveness of hospital staff What’s This?796084.3894CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication about medicines What’s This?765377.6692CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication about discharge What’s This?876786.5196CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019

Hospital Leadership

MEET THE staff

Michael Marino, DO, MBA

SVP, Chief Medical Information officer

Travis Sewalls, MD

CMO - St. Joseph's & Redwood Memorial

Official job description

Area Director, Infection prevention -
St. Joseph's Eureka

Industry: Healthcare / Health Services
Job Category: Medical / Health – Administration

Job Summary:
In accordance with evidence-based epidemiological and infection prevention methods, standards, regulations and strategies identified by the CDC, NIOSH and other advisory and regulatory bodies, the Area Director of Infection Control is responsible for the development of a comprehensive Infection Control Plan for both our hospital and Redwood Memorial Hospital (RMH), and as such is the Infection Control Officer for SJE and RMH. The Area Director, in collaboration with the Infection Control Committee, is responsible to ensure that infection control and sepsis reduction policies and practices are developed; that a staff education plan is provided; and that departmental monitoring activities are in place to ensure consistent and safe practices. The Area Director is responsible for providing leadership for the Surgical Infection Prevention (SIP) initiative, the Values Imperative initiative on Sepsis reduction, ensuring that Environment of Care Rounds effectively evaluate IC departmental practices, and for collaborating with the Director of Pharmacy on the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. The incumbent reports to the Regional Director of Quality/Risk and Compliance. Reporting to this individual are the SJE and RMH Infection Control Nurses.

Essential Functions:
In collaboration with the Infection Control Committee, establishes a hospital-wide Infection Control Plan, which includes delineation of relevant policies and practices to prevent or reduce infection and sepsis, as well as to ensure that appropriate education to, and monitoring of these policies and practices are provided.
Researches and identifies new trends in IC prevention methodologies and shares with the appropriate audience.
Functions as the hospital liaison to the County Health Officer in regards to County-wide infection prevention policies, guidelines, potential or real community exposures, and the securing of vaccines, etc.
Reviews and updates the IC Manual and ensures that the latest policies are available on CareNet.
Ensures the records and reports are being appropriately reviewed by the IC Nurse to determine evidence of infection.
Assists in determining appropriate bed placement and level of isolation precautions warranted by patient condition.
Attends the Infection Control Committee. Provides data presentations, graphs of trends, monitoring reports, logs, statistical data, etc. as requested by the Infection Control Committee. Responsible for follow up activities associated with committee decisions.
Prepares physician reappointment information regarding surgical infection rates for the Medical Staff Office.
Directly provides Infection Control education to staff, physicians, patients, visitors and the community. Maintains annual logs and attendance sheets of IC prevention and control in-services.
Active member of the Safety Committee and shares EOC rounding responsibilities with the Manager of Employee Health.
In collaboration with the Manager of Employee Health, leads the investigation into potential biohazardous and blood borne pathogen exposures.
Implements and participates in research projects and performance improvement plans to improve patient outcomes.
Participates in and/or facilitates Root Cause and Failure and Effect Mode Analyses.
Assists all staff with continuous regulatory readiness.

Basic medical microbiology.
Patient care practices.
Adult learning theory.
Mechanisms of cost containment.
Effective leadership techniques.
Understanding of research principles.
Computer literacy, i.e. accessing internet, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, flowcharting and e-mail.
Concepts and techniques of performance improvement.
Basic knowledge of statistics.
Legislative and regulatory processes.
Federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to infection control.
Independent decision making and ability to work with minimal supervision.
Ability to multi-task and prioritize.
Effective communication skills and diplomacy.
Principles of employee management

Minimum Position Requirements:
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or Clinical Lab Science.
Experience: 5 years experience in infection control in an acute care setting.
Licenses/Certifications: Certification in Infection Control (CIC).

Preferred Position Qualifications:
Education: Master’s Degree
Licenses/Certifications: Completion of APIC certification

National Geographic Traveler calls Humboldt County one of the world’s top ten great places while the USDA declares this area to be “America’s Most Scenic Rural County.”

SJE, located in Eureka and serving the community since 1920. We’re a full-service, state-of-the-art facility with 145 licensed beds including a 15-bed Acute Rehab Unit.

Redwood Memorial Hospital is located in the Eel River Valley in the southern part of Humboldt County and has 46 licensed beds.
Redwood Memorial Hospital fosters a healing and welcoming environment by taking a holistic, patient-centered approach to medicine.

To learn more about our facilities and all Humboldt County has to offer, please visit:

Our hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, our hospital complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Other information:
Positions specified as “on call/per diem” refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as “as needed basis” to fill in for staff vacancies.
Security Clearance Required: No
Visa Candidate Considered: No
Benefits – Full
Relocation Assistance Available – Possible for ideal candidate
Commission Compensation – No
Bonus Eligible – No
Overtime Eligible – No
Interview Travel Reimbursed – No

Seniority Level – Mid-Senior
Management Experience Required – No
Minimum Education – Bachelor’s Degree
Willingness to Travel – Occasionally

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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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