International Health Leaders Visit Renown to Learn About Infection Control Practices

July 2, 2018

A group of visiting international government health care leaders met with Renown’s leaders on June 29 to share information and resources about the importance of a strong program for infection control. The group also took a tour of Renown Regional Medical Center.

Representing Renown was Amy McCombs, Director of Infection Prevention and Control; Paul Sierzenski, MD, MSHQS, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Acute Care Services; and Jessica Thompson, Director of Group Practice Operations.

The delegates from other countries were part of the International Visitor Leadership Program through the U.S. State Department. Their goal was to understand infectious disease policies and programs in America, including how collaborations with public and private groups help combat disease. Research, best practices, regulations and preparations for disease outbreaks were also discussed.

Some key infectious disease challenges that their countries were facing were also discussed, including Lyme disease in Mexico. Other topics included consent for blood testing and management, surveillance of resistant bacteria and antibiotic stewardship.

The group featured leaders from Ecuador, France, Hungary, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Tanzania and Turkey. Renown’s Flickr site features some photos from the initial part of their visit to our campus.