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Published on December 06, 2011

Community Hospital vice president wins national infection-prevention award

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital’s Dr. Anthony Chavis, vice president of medical affairs and patient safety officer, has earned national recognition for his efforts to ensure patient safety through infection prevention and control.

 

Chavis was named the 2011 Healthcare Administrator by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), an international organization with more than 14,000 members. The award recognizes his leadership in developing and adopting infection-prevention and control measures, including:

 

  • Creating a new position of medical director of infection control, whose responsibilities include providing staff and medical staff education on best practices, acting as a liaison with doctors, and supporting infection control staff.
  • Establishing a program that reduced surgical-site infections from 2.7 percent to 0.7 percent. The national average is now 2.3 percent.
  • Improving early identification of tuberculosis cases, reducing potential exposures.
  • Advancing adoption of computerized patient records, which reduces time spent reviewing charts, improves access to infection histories, and promotes early detection and analysis.

 

“Dr. Chavis has championed infection-control efforts to ensure the safety of the patients we serve,” says Dr. Steven Packer, president and CEO of Community Hospital.  “We’re pleased that the innovative, collaborative work he and our clinical and medical staffs are doing is being recognized on the national level.”

 

Chavis will receive the award in June at the annual conference of the infection control association.

 

“This award is really a testament to the hard work of frontline staff who diligently ensure patient safety every day,” Chavis says. “I just try to make sure they have the tools and materials they need to master their trade.” 

 

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/