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.

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, Susan Coffin
  • Program Manager, Tiina Peritz
  • Surveillance Coordinator, Kristin Privette
  • Epidemiologist, Anita Wade
  • CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow, William Koehne
  • Senior Infection Preventionist & ICAR Coordinator, Susy Rettig
  • Medical Epidemiologist, Jane Gould
  • Senior Infection Preventionist, Eva Teszner
  • Program Assistant, Emily Klein

Questions? 

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