Greene and Pettis Named Co-Directors for Infection Prevention
The arrival and ongoing presence of COVID-19 in our community has served as a reminder of the fundamental importance of Infection Prevention in a clinical setting. Highland’s Infection Prevention department rose to the unprecedented challenge of the novel coronavirus and provided key leadership as we navigated the shifting tides of a global pandemic and its impact here at Highland.
“As we continue to address the effects of the coronavirus, it's critical that we maintain a keen focus on Infection Prevention both in the hospital setting and in our ambulatory practices and offsite locations,” said Cindy Becker, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “To that end, we've decided to institute co-directors for Infection Prevention.”
Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, is now serving as Director of Hospital Infection Prevention. In this role, Linda will have oversight of IP protocols and processes within the hospital facility. Ann Marie Pettis, RN, BSN, CIC, FAPIC, is serving as Director of Ambulatory Infection Prevention and has oversight of IP protocols and processes at ambulatory practices and offsite clinics. Together they will ensure consistency and standardization of practice throughout our organization.
“Linda and Ann Marie are both highly experienced infection preventionists in acute, long-term, and ambulatory surgery settings, and have authored many peer reviewed publications,” said Becker. “We are grateful to have such skilled and knowledgeable infection prevention leadership as we address COVID-19, flu, and other epidemiological challenges. We thank Linda and Ann Marie for their ongoing contributions.”