About the Program

Description:

  • Program dedicated to the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. Our program serves as a resource to the Philadelphia healthcare community and public with the goal of improving healthcare safety and quality in the City of Philadelphia. To learn more, please review our 2021 HAI Plan linked below.











Goals:

  • Strengthen surveillance of and response to healthcare-associated infections
  • Prevent development and transmission of antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings
  • Provide leadership, advocacy and resources on best practices for infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities and antimicrobial stewardship initiatives
  • Coordinate efforts and facilitate communication between healthcare facilities & across public health agencies
  • Act locally according to nationally identified priorities

Focus Areas:

  • Infections transmitted in healthcare settings
  • Drug-resistant organism surveillance, prevention and containment
  • Healthcare worker (HCW) safety: including HCW exposures, immunization policies and infection prevention and control education
  • Antimicrobial stewardship in healthcare settings
  • Antibiotic education for the general public

Personnel: 

  • Medical Director, Jane Gould
  • Program Manager, Tiina Peritz
  • Surveillance Coordinator, Beth Morris
  • Epidemiologist, Stephanie Hayden
  • CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow, Kennedy Bradley
  • Senior Infection Preventionist & ICAR Coordinator, Susy Rettig
  • Senior Infection Preventionist, Eva Teszner
  • Infection Prevention Educator, Jenna Scully
  • Infection Prevention Coordinator, Mariah Menanno
  • Program Assistant, Elisabeth Warne

Questions? 

Contact us at HAI.PDPH@phila.gov or 215-685-4501.