Kim Delahanty, RN, BSN, PHN, MBA/HCM, CIC, FAPIC
Administrative Director, Infection Prevention/Clinical Epidemiology and TB Control
UC San Diego Health System

Kim Delahanty has been an infection preventionist in academic and private hospital systems for over 18 years and is currently the Administrative Director of Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology at UCSD Health System.

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 described best practices in infection prevention for infection prevention programs in California. When California Senate Bill 739 and later1058, and Senate Bill 158 were introduced and became law, Kim as chair of the committee acted as a strong advocate for patient and a clear strong voice for the infection preventionist. This experience 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. It was because of this strong work she was a recipient of APIC’s 2012 Hero in Infection Prevention award.

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, EPI 101 and the national 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 as well as many peer review journals on infection prevention.

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 and has held officer positions of president-elect, president and past president.

She has served on the APIC Practice Guidance Committee. She serves as an APIC liaison for the HRET/AHRQ ASC Surgical Site Infection Prevention project. National APIC board member 2015-2017. She is a Fellow of APIC. Ms. Delahanty received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Phoenix and her dual Masters degrees in Business Administration and Healthcare Management at the University of Phoenix. She has been certified in infection prevention since 2003.

She knows how to facilitate multi-disciplinary committees and work teams through professional active listening and collaboration with the focus on the goal being to best serve APIC and its members. She is a champion for change, innovation, and professional growth and development while continuing to strive for a world that is free of infections. Her vast knowledge and application of that knowledge spotlights implementation science at the forefront of her work.