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The Joint Commission Appoints New Infection Prevention and Control Director

May 7, 2018
By: Katie Looze Bronk, Corporate Communications

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois, May 7, 2018) – Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, MBA, RN, CIC, has joined The Joint Commission as its new director of infection prevention and control in the Division of Healthcare Improvement. Garcia-Houchins is responsible for the oversite of infection prevention and control initiatives at The Joint Commission. 

Garcia-Houchins has more than 30 years of experience in infection prevention and control in both hospital and long-term care settings, as well as eight years of clinical microbiology experience. She most recently served as the director of infection control at the University of Chicago Medicine and was an intermittent consultant for Joint Commission Resources, Inc. 

In addition to providing consultation, assessment and education in hospitals, health clinics, and ambulatory and dialysis centers both domestically and internationally, Garcia-Houchins has served as a test writer and reviewer for the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology. Her specialty areas of interest include high-level disinfection and sterilization, as well as infection prevention and control during dialysis and renovation and construction. 

Garcia-Houchins holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management, a BA in biochemistry and molecular biology from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and a nursing degree from Truman College, Chicago. 

For more information on infection prevention and control, please visit The Joint Commission’s Infection Prevention and HAI Portal


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Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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