The Quality Management Specialist reports through the Chief of Quality, Safety, and Value. The incumbent will be assigned direct responsibilities that support specific patient care areas and quality department responsibilities related to the management and coordination of the facility's infection prevention program and will support facility Patient Safety activities. The QM Specialist will serve as the Infection Preventionist (IP) within the Western Colorado Health Care System. This position is responsible for the administrative management of the facility's Infection Prevention and Control Program (IPCP) through ongoing assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of infection prevention and control activities. The incumbent has oversight of the overall execution of infection prevention and control processes throughout the Healthcare System and will work in concert with Senior and Executive Leadership, medical staff, nursing, laboratory and other ancillary staff in administering the IPCP. The IP will provide expertise in the various fields of infection prevention and control including: (1) identification of infectious disease processes, (2) surveillance and epidemiologic investigation, (3) prevention/control of transmission of infectious agents including Multi Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO). The incumbent develops requisite policies and procedures to ensure compatibility with the facility IPC program and with the requirements and standards of regulatory agencies. They will conduct daily rounding in clinical areas to directly monitor IP activities and provide on-the-spot consultation and assistance, and will coordinate educational programs for clinical and non-clinical staff related to infection prevention and control practices. The IP serves as an expert resource for the development and implementation of a System infection prevention and control plan. The incumbent will collaborate with departments to conduct risk analyses, set goals, and facilitate discussion that will lead to a strategically driven infection prevention plan focused on reducing health care associated infections. The IP will be responsible for tracking and trending of IPCP related data, generating program related reports, and for reporting data at various committees. Additionally, they will serve as the chair of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee and are responsible for the proper function of that committee and all attendant administrative requirements and activities. On a regular and as needed basis, the IP will initiate and lead regular meetings with individual services to resolve any barriers to implementation of sound infection prevention and control practices. As a QM Specialist, the individual will also be responsible for providing support, as may be needed, to other QM program areas including, but not limited to, IPEC Performance Measures, Continuous Survey Readiness, Risk Management, System Redesign, Surgical Quality (VASQIP) and Utilization Management. The QM Specialist is responsible for working closely with assigned service Leadership to develop and implement performance improvement plans and activities. Additional responsibilities will also include: trending and analyzing data, interpreting Joint Commission and other external agency standards, interpreting VHA handbooks and directives, collaborating with other Quality Management Specialists and the Patient Safety Manager, collaborating in system redesign processes and monitoring progress of reviews and follow-up action items to ensure completion in a timely manner. The Quality Management Specialist promotes the culture of quality, safety, and justice within the facility. They provide leadership and oversight to the evaluation of program impacts on the overall safety of services provided to VA patients in all health care settings, including the primary facility in Grand Junction and the outpatient facilities in Montrose, Moab, Craig, and Glenwood Springs. They should possess strong skills in consulting, education, database and information management, evaluation techniques, group processes, and team and organizational development. Application of such knowledge must include a systems perspective to appropriately influence care across the continuum. Inherent in this role is the responsibility for education of Medical Center personnel at all levels to ensure they are aware of, and involved in, performance improvement and Quality, Safety, and Value principles. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.