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Kathy Ward, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC
Infection Prevention Practitioner, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Charleston, SC

Katherine (Kathy) Ward has been an infection preventionist for more than 20 years. Her current position is Infection Prevention Specialist at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC. As a member of APIC-Palmetto Chapter, she served as President, President-Elect, Program Chair and Co-chair as well as member and Chair of Governmental Affairs. Currently, she is a member of the South Carolina Healthcare Infections Disclosure Advisory Council as well as Chair of the APIC Palmetto LASIC

Kathy has been active at APIC, serving as Chair of APIC’s Practice Guidance Committee from 2010-2011. She has held several liaison positions to Practice Guidance Committee -- including The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. She is currently the Chair of the APIC Ready Reference Guide for Research. The goal of this project is to ensure the tools needed to search, review, interpret and implement published scientific literature are available to all IPs regardless of the work setting.

Her interests include focusing on reducing the labor of data collection and reporting in order to allow the IP to utilize the expertise to prevent HAIs. Kathy believes APIC will continue to be the leader with the ever changing healthcare environment while remaining cognizant of the challenges facing IPs at the local level. This philosophy is evident in the book “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson, MD. In the story, the mice that survived were those that adapted to the changes around them without engaging in over analyzing or complicating the situation they found themselves in. Recognition and willingness to adapt to the changes will ensure success for our profession in the future.

Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University and Master in Public Health degree from Emory University. She has been certified in infection prevention and control (CIC) since 1993.