It’s Infection Prevention Week! Recognizing more of our colleagues

October 19, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

It’s International Infection Prevention Week 2022 — a chance to recognize those who keep our organization safe and healthy.

In addition to fighting a pandemic, the Infection Prevention & Epidemiology (IPE) team protects faculty and staff from surges in health care-associated infections, measles outbreaks, during flu season, and so many other day-to-day infectious battles. 

Here’s a closer look at two more of these valuable team members!

Scott Jarson, infection prevention analyst

  • What is your role at Michigan Medicine and how long have you held your position?
    I have been an infection prevention analyst for four years.
  • What is the most satisfying part of your job?
    Working with people in our department to improve patient and employee conditions and outcomes is the most satisfying part of my job.
  • What is the most challenging part of your job?
    I would say reviewing and analyzing surveillance data and maintaining infection control databases. This has been and will remain a demanding task, especially as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • What is the one thing you would want people to know about the work you do?
    We report everything through local health departments to the state and federal government. Reporting includes communicable diseases, hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), Multidrug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and more. 

Sanaa Khechen, M.P.H., data analyst

  • What is your role at Michigan Medicine and how long have you held your position?
    I am a data analyst in IPE and I have been in this role for almost two years.
  • What is the most satisfying part of your job?
    Being able to work on interesting projects and solving problems.
  • What is the most challenging part of your job?
    Having to quickly adapt and make changes to the ever-evolving preparedness and planning that goes into preventing infections.
  • What is the one thing you would want people to know about the work you do?
    Infection prevention affects all aspects of health care, and without it, it is impossible to deliver quality health care. 

Stay tuned to Headlines throughout the week for more insight from IPE team members!

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