The Healthcare Administrator Award recognizes and celebrates the efforts of administrators who champion infection prevention efforts within their organizations.

Organizations experience extraordinary success in achieving their patient safety goals due to the cooperation of executive leadership and collaboration at all levels. Over the past several years collaboration between healthcare organizations’ executive teams and IPC departments has increased. APIC recognizes the pivotal role executive leaders play in establishing an organizational culture that enables and supports infection prevention efforts in their facilities.

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S. Gail Thurmond, MD, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ 
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 
Memphis, TN

2020 Recipient: S. Gail Thurmond

S. Gail Thurmond, MD, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, is the recipient of the 2020 Healthcare Administrator Award. The award recognizes the pivotal role that healthcare leaders play in establishing an organizational culture that enables and supports infection prevention and control. 

Thurmond is senior vice president, clinical effectiveness, and chief quality and patient safety officer, for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis. She believes that healthcare providers at all levels—including physicians, nursing, ancillary teams, vendors, and frontline associates—must make patient safety a top priority. For this reason, she advocates tirelessly for IPC-related funding, training, technology, and regulatory compliance and carefully monitors the efficacy of clinical and quality improvement projects. 

As the executive leader of the healthcare system’s efforts to be a high-reliability organization, Thurmond has supported system-wide mandatory annual influenza vaccination, resulting in 98% compliance; championed appropriate IPC staffing and the CIC® certification; initiated aggressive and innovative campaigns to reduce healthcare-associated infections, including infections from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile; and helped implement policies requiring provider ownership of central venous catheters with required daily documentation of necessity. During her tenure, the organization has substantially reduced HAI risks related to C. difficile, immediate-use steam sterilization, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and central line-associated bloodstream infection. 

The Healthcare Administrator Award is presented at the Opening Plenary at APIC’s Annual Conference. The recipient receives a commemorative plaque, $1,000 in APIC products and services, complimentary registration and travel stipend (up to $1,000) to APIC’s Annual Conference, and a five-minute speaking opportunity at APIC’s Annual Conference.

Professional Commitment

  • Sustained activities that directly impact the practice of IPC by contributing in varied ways which may include comprehensive and complex efforts to advance the profession. For example, presentations, mentoring, publications, and research.


  • Demonstrates strategic (forward thinking) leadership – people who recognize/anticipate/lead changes in the field and/or who have developed new ways of thinking or new ways of applying existing knowledge.
  • Builds relationships where there is reciprocal benefit between collaborators.
  • Authors peer-reviewed published articles, guidance documents or position papers to advance the IPC profession and aligns with APIC’s mission in all contributions.
  • Provides education and mentoring for development of others in ways that promote the viability and credibility of the profession.
  • Contributes national/international outreach with recognition that the IPC profession has a global impact.


  • Has served as a National APIC officer on the Board of Directors or a National Committee.
  • Collaborates with other industry, training, education or employer groups as evidence of nominee’s interdisciplinary contribution.
  • Nomination letter* describing why the nominee should be considered for this award
  • Two letters of support from persons who work with the candidate in promoting the organization’s infection prevention and control agenda
  • The nomination letter and letters of support must include a description of the leadership strategies implemented to achieve HAI reduction. Examples include: provides resources, communicates expectations, removes barriers, advocates for IP initiatives, creates environment of accountability.
    • Provide specific examples including data from the last three years reflecting the two years of continuous improvement.

*Either the nomination or reference letter must be submitted by the facility’s infection preventionist.

Year Name
2019 Brian Harte, MD, MHM
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Akron, OH
2018 Cindy Barnard, PhD, MBA, MSJS
Northwestern Medicine
Chicago, IL
2017 Jodi Vanderpool, MBA, LNHA, CPPS, HACP
St. Luke’s Health System
Boise, ID
2016 Beth Duffy
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
East Norriton, PA
2015 William Maples, MD
Mission Health System
Asheville, NC
2014 Mark Kehrberg, MD
Ministry Health Care
Menasha, WI
2013 John Calderone, MD
Olympia Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA
2012 Anthony Chavis, MD, MMM
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, CA