Kim Delahanty, RN, BSN, PHN, MBA/HCM, CIC
Administrative Director, Infection Prevention/Clinical Epidemiology and TB Control, UC San Diego Health System
San Diego, CA
Kim Delahanty has been an infection preventionist in academic and private hospital systems for over 14 years and is currently the Administrative Director of Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology at UC San Diego HealthSystem.
She has been a leader in infection prevention in California. In her role as co-chair of a California Department of Public Health, healthcare associated working group and advisory committee, Delahanty helped draft a white paper describing best practices for infection prevention programs in California, resulting in California Senate Bills 739, 1058, and 158 being introduced and becoming law. The experience of working on the committee demonstrated and enhanced her ability to work with diverse groups and fully understand the implications of regulatory language on infection prevention programs.
Kim is a tireless advocate for education of the infection preventionist, as witnessed by her role as the co-chair of the CACC Foundations/Advanced training program. As faculty for the APIC Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Infection Prevention Course and the CIC review course. She has worked internationally, most recently, establishing an outreach program for Japanese infection preventionists. She also coauthored a chapter in the recent APIC Text. Kim was a recipient of APIC’s 2012 Hero in Infection Prevention award.
As a San Diego and Imperial County APIC chapter member she has held the offices of membership chair, president elect, president and past president. Ms. Delahanty serves as a member of the California APIC Coordinating Council where she also held officer positions. She served on the APIC Practice Guidance Committee and as an APIC liaison for the HRET/AHRQ ASC Surgical Site Infection Prevention project.
Ms. Delahanty received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and dual Masters degrees in Business Administration and Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. She has been certified in infection prevention (CIC) since 2003.