Patricia McArdle, RN, MS, CHEP, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention and Control has earned the designation of Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP). There are approximately 1,000 CHEPs nationwide, and fewer than 60 in New York State.
Qualifying to become a CHEP involves years of documented experience in Emergency Management and Healthcare, and once qualified, sitting for an intensive written examination that covers emergency management, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and pandemics.
“The CHEP credential was created to meet a need for a practical, but professional, ‘certification’ for healthcare emergency directors, managers, coordinators, associates, consultants, and others who work with or coordinate real world issues within the health sector. The program relies on information, standards, and best practices from reliable sources including organizations such as NFPA, ASTM, DHS, EPA, OSHA, FEMA and accrediting organizations such as the Joint Commission,” states D. Patricia Pispisa, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Healthcare organizations need professionals that understand how emergency management principles support the healthcare environment of care, the local community and the nation.”
At ELIH, Ms. McArdle is responsible for all aspects of infection control, including prevention, surveillance, public education and outbreak investigation. Anti-infective agents include antibiotics, antibacterials, antifungals, antivirals and antiprotozoals. Prevention protocols include hand washing, disinfection, sterilization, vaccination, surveillance and monitoring.
Ms. McArdle has over 25 years of nursing experience in the field of infection prevention and control. She is a graduate of the School of Nursing at Flushing Hospital and Medical Center and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue with a certification in Leadership and Supervision. In addition, Ms. McArdle holds a Master’s of Science in Homeland Security Management and Terrorism from LIU/CW Post. Ms. McArdle currently resides in Cutchogue.