APIC honors its 2015 Heroes of Infection Prevention

Nashville, Tenn., June 27, 2015—The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced six recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award, which honors infection preventionists who have successfully reduced infection, raised awareness, and improved the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.

Recipients were recognized during APIC’s 42nd Annual Conference, June 27-29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The following individuals and groups are being recognized:

Terry Burger, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, CIC
Lehigh Valley Hospital
Allentown, Pa.

Catherine Fonnie, RN
Rokupa Government Hospital
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Mercy Joseph, RN, BSc, CIC
King Fahad Medical Cit
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dana Stephens, MT, CIC
KyOne Health
Lexington, Ky.

Carol Vance, RN, BSN, CIC
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
St. Louis, Mo.

Beverly Vickery, RN, CIC
Noland Services
Trussville, Ala.

“Committed to patient and employee safety, the 2015 Heroes of Infection Prevention have demonstrated creative thinking, implemented practical solutions, and collaborated with others to solve infection prevention challenges in their own facilities and beyond,” said APIC 2015 President Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, FNAP. “We are inspired by their dedication and thank them for their outstanding efforts.”

APIC established the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award in 2006 to recognize infection preventionists who have developed and applied innovative infection prevention programs. More than 100 individuals and groups have been recognized to date for their exceptional work in reducing healthcare-associated infections.

The Heroes program is supported by a grant from BD, an APIC Strategic Partner.

APIC 2015 Annual Conference, June 27-29 in Nashville, Tennessee, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with more than 100 educational sessions and workshops led by infection prevention experts and attended by nearly 5,000 individuals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, doctors, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with tools and strategies that are easily adaptable and can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs. Join the conversation online with the hashtag #APIC2015.

About APIC
APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: www.twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou.  


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