Employee spotlight: Amy Kilroy, MPH, CIC Infection Control Preventionist

What is your title?

Infection Preventionist

How long have you been employed for us and what has your position been?

I’ve been here for 2 1/2 years in infection control and have done that the whole time.

What is a typical day like for you?

It’s chaos, but I love it. Every day is different. Some days I get around and talk to patients, some days I’m working with the directors. A lot of the time I get to work right with the staff and do education, but there are some days there’s a public health crisis or a newly-emerging disease that I get to learn all about and see what we need to do to keep everybody safe from that.

What is your family like?

I have a wonderful boyfriend here; he’s the best. We take care of two very goofy cats at home. My parents recently retired in Lexington, Kentucky, but they used to live in Las Vegas for 10 years, so they keep picking interesting places to visit which is nice.

If you could do another job for a day, what would it be and why?

Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be a veterinarian. I just think it would be really great to get to work with animals all day and the people who bring them in. 

What is something about yourself that might surprise others?

I’m trying to learn how to make stained glass art, which is not a very popular hobby, but it’s been really interesting and hard, and very challenging. I’ve been really enjoying it so far, trying to make things from scratch and putting them together.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to hike as long as it’s not in three feet of snow. The UP is a great place for photography. Usually when I go on a hike, my goal is to take some pictures that really capture how beautiful the UP is.

I love to garden, even though I’m not very good at it. And cooking, trying out new recipes is always a good time.

What is your favorite part about working at UPHS?

Everybody here is so friendly. At this hospital, and this community in general, it’s amazing to me how inclusive and open everybody is.

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