Infection Prevention & Management Associates (IP&MA) began when Bonnie Barnard MPH, CIC and Virginia Kennedy, RN, MS, CIC originally incorporated IP&MA in August 1996. Bonnie subsequently left the business in 2000 and Virginia Kennedy became the sole proprietor. At that time there were two additional employees, Sandi Steinfeld, MPH, CIC and Jennifer McCarty, MPH, CIC. In 2011, the company has grown to 35 employees, and continues to seek new opportunities to provide it's clients expert, and professional service.
Much of IP&MA's current business is derived from long term program management contracts. The remaining is from short term consulting projects or interim program management. Our services are primarily focused in acute care, long term acute care, acute rehabilitation and acute psychiatric facilities. Current clients are located in California, North Dakota, Colorado, Massachusetts, Missouri and Texas. Many clients have enjoyed long-term program management services for more than five years.
The long term retention of contracts is a direct reflection of IP&MA's experienced staff. All our employees participate in internal and external training programs with the goal of increasing expertise. Non certified infection preventionists are supervised by an experienced certified individual, and participate in a mentorship program. The majority of employees are certified in infection control.
Health care facilities and infection prevention programs face increasing scrutiny from public reporting of healthcare associated infections and from licensing and accreditation agencies. At the same time, experienced infection preventionists are leaving the field.
Utilizing her nursing and public health training, Ms. Kennedy began her infection prevention career in 1979. Since then, she has practiced infection prevention in multiple entities in North Carolina, Washington, California and Texas and has provided consultations throughout the country. Ms. Kennedy has been certified in infection control since 1983. She has published and presented posters on various infection prevention topics. Ms Kennedy left traditional hospital employment to start Infection Prevention & Management Associates in 1996
Kelley Boston holds a Masters of Public Health in international and family health, with a concentration in epidemiology from The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston School of Public Health, and an undergraduate degree in Geography with a focus on environmental resources management and medical geography from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. Boston began her career in infection prevention in 2004 with Infection Prevention and Management Associates, Inc. She has worked in Texas, California and Massachusetts, and has been certified in infection prevention since 2006. Her primary experience is in acute care facilities, with extensive regulatory and accreditation survey experience, and her main areas of interest include team-focused change processes and regulatory and accreditation survey preparedness.
She is currently a member of the San Antonio chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). She has served in several board positions for San Diego and Imperial Counties APIC chapter.
Ms. Boston was named in the 2010 Who’s Who in Infection Prevention list by Infection Control Today Magazine and has made a number of media appearances in San Diego and Boston discussing infection prevention issues. She has been published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and has reviewed articles for the American Journal of Infection Control.
Kelly Holmes graduated from the University of Texas School of Public Health with her Master’s of Science in Epidemiology. She began working in infection control in 2004 for Infection Prevention and Management Associates, Inc., and has been certified in the field for 5 years. Ms. Holmes has taken an active role in recruiting new talent for IP&MA, Inc., with a focus on long term retention and success of new employees. She has helped to refine the internal training process of the company and mentor the novice Infection Preventionist study for certification.
Jennifer McCarty graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 with a bachelor’s in biology. In 1999 she started the master’s of public health program at the UT-Health Science Center Houston School of Public Health. While there she studied disease control with an emphasis on epidemiology, completing her degree in 2002. During this time she also completed an internship with the epidemiology section at the Harris County Health Department. Ms. McCarty has been certified in infection control since 2003.
In 2000, Ms. McCarty joined Infection Prevention & Management Associates. While with IPMA she has helped develop a surveillance tracking database and assisted in the development of the education program used with new employees. Currently, Ms. McCarty is the Regional Director in Houston and is responsible for mentoring new employees in that region and assisting with their education.
Ms. McCarty has been a board member of the Houston chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology since 2003 and is currently the chapter treasurer.
Mishga Moinuddin, has practiced infection prevention for over 9 years. She attended the University of Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Public Health. Mishga is a Microbiologist by training and is experienced in both diagnostic and clinical microbiology and virology. Mishga Moinuddin’s repertoire of facilities includes acute care, trauma level 1 & 2 teaching hospitals, including adult and neonatal intensive care, long term acute care, rehabilitation, psychiatric, and heart specialty centers.
Mishga is active in APIC and has previously held local chapter office. She is a former recipient of APIC DFW’s STAR Award for outstanding achievement in Infection Control. Mishga also has been an APIC reviewer of education materials for distribution. In addition, Mishga has presented several oral and poster presentations at APIC and SHEA conferences. Mishga Moinuddin has considerable experience in facility program assessment and management, policy development, and JCAHO survey preparation.
Ms. O’Heron graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1999 with a BS in Biology and a BA in Geography. In 2002, Ms. O’Heron received a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is currently working toward her PhD in Epidemiology with a focus in Infectious Disease and Biostatistics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Ms. O’Heron has worked as an Infection Preventionist with Infection Control & Management Associates,Inc. since 2001. Throughout the years, she has participated in the Houston chapter of APIC, serving one year on the Nominating Committee.
Sketa Patel is the primary Infection Preventionist at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land located in Sugar Land, Texas. She has 7 years of experience in the field of Infection Control and has worked in several Acute Care, Long Term Acute Care, and Rehab Facilities. She developed an interest in Infection Control while attending the School of Public Health located in Houston, TX. Sketa Patel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and is working towards her Master’s degree in Public Health. She has been certified in Infection Control since 2006.
Ms. Pawlak graduated from Texas A&M University in December 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. In 2002, Ms. Pawlak received a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In 2003, Ms. Pawlak began her career as an Infection Preventionist with Infection Control & Management Associates, Inc (IPMA). Ms. Pawlak has worked in a range of health care facilities including small and large acute care hospitals, long term acute care and rehabilitation facilities. Throughout the years, she has participated in the Houston chapter of APIC, serving two years as a Board Member. Ms. Pawlak has been certified in Infection Control through CBIC since 2005.
Sandi Steinfeld, MPH, CIC, has practiced infection prevention for 13 years. She is a lead infection preventionist with IP&MA and regional director for Austin and Denver. She has extensive experience in facility program assessment and management, policy development, and JCAHO and CMS survey preparation.
She attended the University of New Mexico where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Master of Public Health in Disease Control with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Ms. Steinfeld's repertoire of facilities includes acute care, long term acute care, rehabilitation, psychiatric and ambulatory surgery centers.
Sandi has published in Critical Care Nurse Clinics of North America and Rehabilitation Nursing. Sandi is active in APIC and has previously held local chapter office for the APIC Houston.
Teresa York is an Infection Preventionist with Infection Prevention and Management Associates (IP&MA). Prior to joining IP&MA in 2007, Teresa worked for several years in state and local health departments’ epidemiology programs. Teresa is experienced in long term acute care and acute care facilities with a focus on orthopedics and provides program oversight and supervision to less experienced preventionists. She holds a degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio in Community Health.Teresa has been certified in Infection Control since 2009.