The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
The Infection Prevention Program serves to advance the prevention of healthcare acquired infections through continuous improvement efforts that result in improved quality of care and outcomes for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) patients. The Infection Prevention team engages leaders, clinical care teams, patients and families in its efforts to proactively identify infection risks and strategies to assure safety for SCCA patients, visitors, providers and staff.
The Infection Prevention Program provides infection prevention surveillance and risk reduction guidance to leaders, staff, and providers at all levels across the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). The program collaborates with partner institutions to align infection preventions strategies, standardizing infection prevention practices for providers, staff and patients crossing multiple sites of care. The Infection Prevention Program woks in collaboration with the Infection Prevention Medical Director in applying healthcare epidemiologic principles and infection prevention strategies to the coordination of the SCCA Infection Prevention program.
The Infection Preventionist (IP) position oversees surveillance activities and collaborates with other clinic departments to perform environmental assessments for potential infection risks. This position will advise and consult with leaders, providers, staff, and contracted staff on best practice prevention strategies to protect patients, care team members and visitors from risks of contamination or infection.