Facilities & Construction Track

Rapidly changing hospital priorities, patient expectations, and rising construction costs have deeply impacted all stakeholders in healthcare facilities and construction. As hospitals reevaluate their priorities and needs to provide better patient care, construction plans and projects will need to be modified to meet these new expectations. In this track, we will explore how to navigate healthcare construction post-pandemic and discuss strategies for building facilities for the future.

New Standards for Infection Control & Patient Safety 

Friday, March 11, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Moderator: Maria Hames

Presenters: Katherine Anderson & James Davis

Hospital-acquired infections and injuries lead to tens of thousands of deaths and cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars each year. Facility leaders have an important role in infection control and that role was magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic. How should facility leaders prepare for patient safety post-pandemic? Join a panel of healthcare executives as they discuss new infection control measures, including reevaluating entry points, redesigning waiting rooms, implementing technology to minimize physical contact, and enhancing facilities to minimize patient injuries, among other measures.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify strategies to improve workplace safety for healthcare employees.
  2. Outline the implementation of new industry safety guidelines.
  3. Explain recently release public safety guidelines and its effect on operations.
  4. Evaluate changes in the legislative pipeline and changes on the horizon.

About the Presenters

Katherine Anderson
Full Name
Infection Preventionist
Speaker Bio
Katherine Anderson, MPH, CIC is an Infection Preventionist at ECRI with experience in infection control and employee health in various healthcare settings, including hospitals and government. She began her career in Houston, Texas where she managed infection prevention programs for two rehabilitation hospitals. Her career moved her to Salt Lake City, Utah in late 2019 where she worked as the Infection Prevention and Employee Health Manager for a rapidly growing acute care facility in northern Utah County. Prior to joining ECRI, Katherine worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) as an Infection Prevention Subject Matter Expert for schools and childcare settings across the state. At CDPHE, she created COVID-19 related guidance and provided consultations to various stakeholders, such as childcare facilities, Kindergarten through grade-12 schools, and institutions for higher education. She currently is an Infection Preventionist at ECRI and serves as the product manager for ECRI’s Healthcare Environmental Manager (HEM) certification and Infection Control Risk Assessment for Construction (ICRA) course. While always seeking to expand her infection control expertise, her main areas of interest include worker safety and preventing infections that emerge from facility construction, as well as HVAC and water systems. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and History, Master of Public Health in Epidemiology, and is currently in school for her Master of Business Administration in Technology Management. She has been certified in Infection Control (CIC) since 2019.
James Davis
Full Name
Manager, Infection Prevention & Control Services
ECRI Institute
Speaker Bio
Mr. Davis is board-certified in infection control and epidemiology (CIC) and is a certified healthcare environmental manager (HEM) and holds national certification in adult critical care nursing (CCRN-K). He is currently the Manager of Infection Prevention and Control Services at ECRI institute. He is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Prevention (APIC), is an APIC Fellow (FAPIC) has served as President of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley APIC Chapter and is a past Chair of APIC’s national research committee. He has provided educational programs on infection control topics for risk management groups and patient safety organizations, as well as for hospitals, long term care and ambulatory surgery systems. Mr. Davis designed version 2 of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority’s long-term care healthcare associated infection reporting system and analytics programs. He has authored multiple infection prevention and control articles and is published in several international peer reviewed journals.