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Nominating & Awards Committee Chair (Awards)

Norma Atienza, RN, MPA, CIC, CPHQ
Denville, NJ

Norma Atienza is the Executive Director for Quality/Performance Improvement, Patient Safety and Patient Satisfaction Saint Clare’s Health System in Denville, NJ. Her role includes oversight of the Accreditation and Regulatory Services, Disease Specific Programs, Infection Control and Risk Management. She has been and Infection Control Preventionist for over fifteen years. She and her IC Team provided local and national webinars / programs on reducing MRSA, CAUTI and other infection control related topics over the years. Through her leadership, Saint Clare’s has maintained its Hospital Safety Score of “A” eight times in a row – since the safety score was initiated.

Currently, Norma is serving as a member of the APIC Nominating and Awards Committee. Norma is an active member of her local chapter and has served as the President for APIC Northern New Jersey – Chapter 021 in 2011. She also has served as the Chapter’s Chair of the Nominating Committee, Chair of Education and as a Board Member. During her term as a President, the use of an electronic survey instrument to determine barriers to certification was developed and the results were shared during the National APIC Conference in 2013. The Chapter was also a recipient of the Chapter Excellence Award for Strategic Alliance during her term.