Healthcare Administrator Award

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Submission period: October 1-31, 2019


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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 organizational collaboration between the healthcare organization’s executive team and the infection preventionists and/or the infection prevention department has increased. As healthcare organizations focus their financial and human resources to eliminate healthcare associated infections, collaboration and innovation among administrators and executives become essential. APIC recognizes the pivotal role these individuals play in establishing an organizational culture that enables and supports infection prevention efforts in their facility.

Successful organizations celebrate positive contributions and results.  The Healthcare Administrator Award recognizes and celebrates the efforts of administrators who champion infection prevention efforts within their organization.

Presentation and Award  |  Criteria  |  Submission  |  Previous Recipients

Presentation and Award

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.


The candidate must be a member of the healthcare organization’s executive team in a patient care setting who has demonstrated significant and sustained support of the organization’s infection prevention and control team. The results of this ongoing support include evidence documenting:

  • Processes by which leadership made infection prevention an organizational priority;
  • Substantial support of the infection prevention program through the provision of resources to achieve organizational goals to target zero (or eliminate) healthcare associated infections;
  • Reduction in one or more healthcare associated infections in one or more areas of the facility.


  • Online application*
  • Nomination letter* describing why the nominee should be considered for this prestigious 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: provide resources, communicate expectations, remove barriers, advocate for IP initiatives, create 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.

Previous Recipients

APIC is proud to highlight the achievements of the Healthcare Administrator Award recipients: 




Brian Harte, MD, MHM
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Akron, OH


Cindy Barnard, PhD, MBA, MSJS
Northwestern Medicine
Chicago, IL


Jodi Vanderpool, MBA, LNHA, CPPS, HACP
St. Luke’s Health System
Boise, ID


Beth Duffy
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
East Norriton, PA


William Maples, MD
Mission Health System
Asheville, NC


Mark Kehrberg, MD
Ministry Health Care
Menasha, WI


John Calderone, MD
Olympia Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA


Anthony Chavis, MD, MMM
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, CA