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Patient Safety Authority Board of Directors Names Infection Advisory Panel

has participated in

education sessions throughout Pennsylvania during the implementation of

the PHC4-HAI collection initiative.

-- Ms. Weand was nominated as a representative of the Pennsylvania

Healthcare Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

Linda Winston, MSN, CIC

Infection Control Officer

Altoona Regional Health System

-- Ms. Winston has seven years of experience in Infection Control, is a

member of APIC, and maintains Certification in Infection Control (CIC).

She is currently the Infection Control Officer for a 300-bed healthcare

system where she developed a total house surveillance system. She has

developed infection control screening and educational programs and

successfully implemented the IHI infection control bundles in her

institution. She recently conducted a seminar on active surveillance of

Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA).

-- Ms. Winston was nominated as a Rural Hospital Representative.

Responsibilities of the Advisory Panel

The role of the Advisory Panel will be to provide advice and guidance to the Authority in the implementation of the Healthcare-Associated Infection legislation (Act 52 of 2007). The role of the Advisory Panel includes providing guidance to the Authority and other state agencies on:

-- HAI reporting requirements for various healthcare settings

-- Plans for analyzing infection-related data from covered healthcare


-- Evidence-based practices in the control and prevention of HAIs

-- Educational needs for various types of facilities and healthcare


-- Reviewing infection-related Advisory content

-- Methods for calculating statewide and national HAI rates

-- Reasonable goals for HAI reduction

-- Others as identified over time

The Authority anticipates that membership on the Advisory Panel

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