Heroes of infection prevention: on the frontline of patient safety

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Each year, APIC presents awards to members who are recognized for the development and application of innovative infection prevention programs. These individuals and teams are at the frontline of infection prevention—producing innovative programs that ultimately help save lives. APIC celebrates these individuals by bestowing the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award.

Meaningful requirements and significant recognition
Nominated by their peers or self-nominated, these individuals and teams represent a broad spectrum of healthcare practitioners, including experience levels, healthcare settings, specialty areas, and geographic location.

The criteria for selection are:

  • Education
  • Patient safety
  • Advocacy and influence
  • Process and systems development
  • Program development
  • Cost savings



















APIC is proud to present the 2017 Heroes of Infection Prevention:

Process and systems improvement

Mary Jo Bellush, MSN, CIC

Process and systems improvement

Dignity Health System IP Team c/o Roy Boukidijian

Advocacy and influence Katie Cary, MT(ASCP), CIC
Advocacy and influence Jamie Swift, RN, BSN, CIC
Patient safety Christina Ewers, BSN, MSN
Patient safety

Angela Rupp, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC
Elaine Whaley, MSN, RN, CIC, CPHQ



Since 2006, nearly 100 infection preventionists or teams have received this award. Read about their award winning programs.














BD, a long-term strategic partner, is pleased to support the Heroes Program.