Long-Term Care

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

2302 - We’re All in This Together! How Collaboration between APIC Chapters and Public Health Departments Can Reduce MDROs for Hospitals and LTC Facilities

Thursday, June 15
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, D 137-140

Los Angeles County has more than 100 hospitals and more than 10 million people in a 4,000 square mile radius. The Greater Los Angeles (GLA) APIC chapter has approximately 150 members. Through close collaboration between the LA County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) and GLA APIC, the two entities have created unique opportunities to work together to increase patient safety and decrease healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
The division of Acute Communicable Disease Control (ACDC) at LACDPH has many staff who attend GLA meetings. They report updates at each meeting and have a representative on the GLA board of directors. In order to provide more assistance to infection preventionists in LA County, ACDC created a Hospital Outreach Unit (HOU) comprised of five nurses assigned to geographic regions within LA County. The HOU began establishing relationships with acute care facilities as a result of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Over the past 13 years, LAC DPH and infection preventionists have collaborated on outbreak investigations, emergency preparedness, and HAI reduction. To further this collaborative relationship, ACDC created an HAI Advisory Committee, which is a multidisciplinary group of experts in infection prevention, ID , and antimicrobial stewardship program from throughout LA County. This group created an interfacility transfer form to improve communication between hospitals and long-term care (LTC) facilities in LA County.
The relationship between APIC chapters and local health departments can be a valuable tool as both organizations strive to increase communication of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and other pathogens of interest among healthcare facilities. In addition, the availability of National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data for health departments allows for a local perspective of HAI that can be lost when analyzing data statewide. Future prevention collaboratives, including outreach to LTC and outpatient care settings, can benefit from partnership between health departments and local APIC chapters.

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Patricia Marquez

Supervising Epidemiologist
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Los Angeles, California

Patricia Marquez is an epidemiologist with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She oversees four CDC-funded grants for the Acute Communicable Disease Control Program on healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance prevention, as well as enhanced public health laboratory surveillance of CRE. She earned her MPH from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Patricia is the chapter legislative representative for the APIC Greater Los Angeles chapter, a role she is uniquely suited for as a public health epidemiologist with eight years of healthcare-associated infection experience.


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Jessica Silvaggio

Infection Preventionist
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Jessica Silvaggio is an infection preventionist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She previously worked as an applied epidemiology fellow with the CDC and CSTE, focusing on infectious diseases and healthcare-associated infections in Los Angeles County. During her two-year CDC/CSTE fellowship, she was deployed to work at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia to support the Ebola response, participated in multistate outbreaks, helped create the 2013 Los Angeles County antibiogram (providing a snapshot of resistance to antibiotics countywide), co-led epidemiologic responses in hospital outbreaks, performed cost benefit analysis studies, and conducted research to explore the implications of the health officer order mandating influenza vaccination among healthcare workers. Jessica is interested in multidrug-resistant organisms in healthcare settings, emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, and emergency preparedness. She serves as an active board member as the chapter legislative representative for California APIC and as communications chair for the APIC Greater Los Angeles chapter.


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Angela Vassallo

Infection Prevention Specialist
Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., California

Angela Vassallo is an Infection Prevention Specialist with Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. In this role she is leading a groundbreaking CMS funded project to reduce SSIs in California Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Prior to working with HSAG, she was Director of Infection Prevention/Epidemiology at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. She is Faculty at West Coast University in Los Angeles, CA and Providence University in Great Falls, Montana. She helped create the first Masters program in Infection Prevention at Providence University in 2016. Angela is certified in Infection Prevention and Control with a “CIC” designation and is an APIC Fellow with the “FAPIC” designation. Angela is Past-President of CA APIC and Greater Los Angeles APIC. She is Vice-Chair of the national APIC Communications Committee, a member of the BD Speakers’ Bureau for reducing surgical site infections, and a founding member of Expert Stewardship, Inc.


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Mary Virgallito

Associate Administrator of Quality and Patient Safety
University of Southern California Verdugo Hills Hospital
La Crescenta, California

Mary Virgallito is a registered nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner with over 13 years of healthcare experience, including primary care pediatrics, nursing management, and infection prevention and control. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner since 2002 and received her CBIC certification in infection control in March 2012. She graduated with her BSN from Mount Saint Mary College in May 1998 and her MSN from the University of California, Los Angeles, in June 2002. Mary was awarded her Public Health Nursing Certificate in June 1998. She’s involved with the APIC Greater Los Angeles chapter, serving as board member at large (2013–2015) and legislative representative (2013). Mary also served as a member of the APIC Public Policy Committee (2013–2016).


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Ossama Rasslan

Head,Infectious Diseases Research and Infection Control Unit, Egyptian Society for Infection Control
Ain Shams Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Rasslan is Dean, Arab Institute of Continuing Professional Development (AICPD), Arab Medical Union. He is Professor of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Infection Control and
Head, Infectious Diseases Research and Infection Control Unit, Ain Shams Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt.


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