The Joint Commission selects new infection prevention and control director — 5 things to know

Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, RN, was named The Joint Commission's infection prevention and control director.

Here are five things to know.

1. Ms. Garcia-Houchins will oversee The Joint Commission's infection prevention and control initiatives in the division of healthcare improvement.

2. She joins The Joint Commission with more than three decades of experience in infection and prevention control in hospital and long-term care settings. She also has eight years of clinical microbiology experience.

3. Ms. Garcia-Houchins most recently served as the University of Chicago Medicine's infection control director and an intermittent consultant for Joint Commission Resources. She was a test writer and reviewer for the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.

4. Ms. Garcia-Houchins has provided consultation, assessment and education in ambulatory centers, as well as hospitals, health clinics and dialysis centers, domestically and internationally.

5. A graduate of the Chicago-based Keller Graduate School of Management, Ms. Garcia-Houchins earned her nursing degree from Truman College in Chicago.

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