Infection Prevention and Control

The Infection Prevention and Control Department works closely with the Infectious Diseases Department to reduce the risks of epidemic, endemic, and hospital-acquired infections for RPCI’s patient population and healthcare workers. Infection Prevention and Control must work closely with all departments of the Institute to identify risks and ensure infection prevention while providing quality care. In addition to consulting with other departments to minimize the risk of infection, the department must also engage in surveillance of hospital-acquired infections, which are then reported to internal and external organizations.

Infection Prevention and Control consists of:

Kimberly Hinckley, RN, BSN, CIC
Kim came to RPCI in February 2007 as the Senior Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator after previously working at Buffalo General Hospital, Lake Shore & TriCounty Hospitals, and the Catholic Health System as the Executive Director for Infection Prevention. She has been working in the field of Infection Prevention for 14+ years and has been certified in this field since 2002. She graduated summa cum laude from Niagara University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She is currently serving as the Treasurer for the APIC Greater Buffalo chapter, and is currently representing National APIC as a liaison to The Joint Commission in the area of field review. She is also the lead author for two published works in Mycopathologica and Coping with Cancer.

Jennifer Harrington, MA
Jennifer has been working in Infection Prevention and Control at RPCI since 2009. She graduated from St. John Fisher College with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with minors in Biology and French. She received a Master of Arts in Physical Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo, and was a teaching assistant for the Department of Anthropology. Jennifer was made the Data Manager for Infection Prevention and Control in 2011, and in November 2012 was added as an Infection Control Coordinator.

Christina Ostwald, RN, BSN
Chris joined Infection Prevention and Control as an Infection Control Coordinator in December 2012. She comes to RPCI after working at both Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston as Director of Infection Prevention and briefly at the VA Health System in Buffalo/Batavia as an Infection Preventionist. She has 23+ years of experience in the field of Nursing and was an adjunct faculty member at Niagara County Community College as a clinical instructor. Chris obtained her bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College. She is currently serving as the President for the APIC Greater Buffalo chapter.

Daniel Keppel
Dan joined Infection Prevention and Control as the Data Manager in November 2012. Dan obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY Institute of Technology. He began working at RPCI as a Telephone Interviewer for Survey Research and Data Acquisition Resource (SRDAR) in June 2008, and became a Telephone Coordinator for SRDAR in June 2009. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at Buffalo State College.

The department is overseen by the Infection Prevention and Control Administrator, Joyce Yasko, PhD, Clinical Operations Officer and Brahm Segal, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases.

Infection Prevention and Control can be reached at 716-845-4038.