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Infection Prevention Director at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Named to Advisory Health Panel|
ARLINGTON, Texas — Sue Sebazco, R.N., M.B.A., C.I.C., infection prevention director at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, has been appointed to serve on the state’s Health care Associated Infections/Preventable Adverse Events (HAI/PAE) Advisory Panel.
“I’m proud and honored to serve as a reflection of Texas Health Resources, along with those patients who have entrusted us with their care,” said Sebazco.
In 2005, a 14-member advisory panel was appointed by the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) to study and make recommendations for the collection of data on health care associated infections (HAI). Through state legislation in 2007, the advisory panel became an 18-member group charged with developing a HAI reporting system.
The panel is also responsible for assisting the DSHS in the implementation, maintenance and evaluation of the reporting system by reviewing data provided by general hospitals, pediatric hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. Legislation requires these facilities to report the incidence of central line-associated primary bloodstream infections occurring in special care settings and surgical site infections associated with 10 specific procedures.
Sebazco will serve on the panel for two years and be amongst a group comprised of physicians, infection control and quality assurance professionals, hospital and ambulatory surgical center officers, consumers and public health professionals.
The advisory panel’s selection process required Sebazco and others to submit an application and two letters of recommendation. Lori Donovan, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Joel Ballew, Texas Health’s director of government and community affairs, both wrote Sebazco’s recommendation letters.
“Sue is recognized by her colleagues on a local, state, and national level as a subject matter expert in the field of infection prevention…I continue to be impressed with her dedication and commitment,” Donovan said.
Since 1983, Sebazco has served as Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s infection prevention director. In addition, she has served as president for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), which is an international organization focused on promoting wellness and infection prevention. Locally, Sebazco has held several leadership positions in APIC’s Dallas/Fort Worth chapter and the Texas Society for Infection Control Practitioners.
Sebazco said she looked forward to serving on the advisory panel. The new members will have their first meeting in Austin on Dec. 14.
“Prevention is primary, and we want to protect every patient that enters our hospital doors,” said Sebazco. “By thoroughly reviewing HAI data, our goal is to provide the consumer with the most accurate picture possible. And this advisory panel allows us to do just that.”
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