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Johnston Health honors infection prevention practitioner

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SMITHFIELD — Jill Lewis of Princeton, a registered nurse and infection prevention practitioner, has been named Johnston Health Ambassador of the Month.

During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Lewis has led many initiatives to improve the safety and quality of care for patients, including a campaign that challenges staff to hold one another accountable for proper hand-washing, the No. 1 way to prevent infection.

“She provides feedback and shares clinical data so that we can all learn where and how to improve, and to prevent future infections,” said Elliott. “She is a true leader and patient advocate. It is her goal to have highly reliable processes in place and to lead the organization to zero patient harm.”

In the 15 years she’s been with Johnston Health, Lewis has worked in a several areas of the hospital from labor and delivery to home care to outpatient surgery. In her role with the quality department, she misses direct patient care but likes that she can have an even broader impact on patients through reviews, initiatives and policy changes.

“I get to work with so many people,” said Lewis. “Health care truly is a team effort. It’s not just the clinical hands-on staff, it’s every department from environmental services (housekeeping) to marketing to information technology. They all play an important role.”

Lewis and her husband, Matt, live in Princeton and have two sons, ages 15 and 16. In her spare time, she enjoys doing anything outside and spending time with family.

Through the ambassador program, Johnston Health recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. In addition to a designated month-long parking space, Lewis will receive eight hours of paid time off.

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