APIC honors its 2017 Heroes of Infection Prevention


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Liz Garman


APIC honors its 2017 Heroes of Infection Prevention

Seven individuals chosen for Heroes of Infection Prevention award

Portland, Ore., June 16, 2017–The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced seven recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award, which honors infection preventionists who have successfully helped to reduce infection, raise awareness, and improve the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.


“Our 2017 Heroes have advocated for process and systems improvement, developed new strategies to prevent infection, and successfully collaborated with others in their field to advance the science of infection prevention,” said 2017 APIC President Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC. “We celebrate their efforts and commitment to patient safety.”


Recipients will be recognized during APIC’s 44th Annual Conference, June 14-16, in Portland, Oregon.


The following individuals are being recognized:


Mary Jo Bellush, MSN, CIC

Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital

Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Category: Process and systems improvement


Katie Cary, MT(ASCP), CIC

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center

Denver, Colorado.

Category: Advocacy and influence


Christina Ewers, RN, MSN, CIC

Lutheran Medical Center

Denver, Colorado.

Category: Patient Safety


Jamie Swift, RN, BSN, CIC, FAPIC

Mountain State Health Alliance

Johnson City, Tennessee.

Category: Advocacy and influence



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

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s                               Texas Children’s Hospital
Hospital of Chicago                                                    Houston, Texas.

Chicago, Illinois.                                                                     

Category: Patient Safety



Dignity Health Infection Prevention Team

Northridge, Calirfornia.

Category: Process and systems improvement


APIC established the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award in 2006 to recognize infection preventionists who have developed and implemented 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 2017 Annual Conference, June 14-16, in Portland, Oregon, is one of the most comprehensive infection prevention conferences in the world, with more than 90 educational sessions and workshops led by experts from across the globe and attended by nearly 4,000 professionals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with strategies that can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs and make healthcare safer. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #APIC2017.


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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