Infection Prevention

Ginny Heberly, RN BSN Infection Preventionist

Ginny Heberly, BSN, RN, Northern Montana Hospital Infection Preventionist welcomes Infection Prevention and Control nurses from throughout the state at the "Art of Infection Prevention and Control" conference in Red Lodge, Montana.

Why Infection Prevention and Control?

  • Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) continue to affect more than 2 million patients annually in the U.S. at a cost of more than $5.5 billion

  • Prevention of HAIs have significantly lowered patient infection risk in hospitals and other healthcare and group facilities

  • Surveillance and data collection on infection rates have become the basis for measuring the quality of care in hospitals

Infection Preventionists

Ginny Heberly, BSN, RN is our Infection Preventionist. She is available for community education engagements teaching proper techniques for hand-washing and sanitation at the work place. She tracks and reports information that helps to prevent HAIs - e.g., surgical site infections, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, C.-difficle, multidrug-resistant organisms- in healthcare facilities by isolating sources of infections and limiting their spread. She systematically collects, analyzes and interprets health data in order to plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate appropriate public health practices. Additionally, she trains healthcare staff through instruction and dissemination of information on infection prevention and control practices.