APIC honors its infection prevention heroes

Washington, May 24, 2012 — The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced 12 recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award to infection preventionists who have successfully reduced infection, raised awareness, and improved the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.

The following individuals and groups are being recognized:

  • Patti Bull, MS, M(ASCP), CIC – Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene, TX
  • Miguela Caniza, MD, and Don Guimera, BSN, RN, CIC – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
  • Kim Delahanty, RN, BSN, PHN, MBA/HCM, CIC – University of California, San Diego, CA
  • Marlene Fishman Wolpert, MPH, CIC – St. Joseph Health Services of RI, Providence, RI
  • Elaine Flanagan, RN, BSN, MHA, CIC – Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI
  • Catherine Grayson, RN, MSN, CIC – Medical Center of McKinney, McKinney, TX
  • Namita Jaggi, MD – Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon, India
  • Katherine Rhodes, RN, BSN, COHN-S, CIC – Texas Health Southwest, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Beth Ann Rhoton, RN, BSN, MS, CIC – Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center, Charleston, SC
  • DeAnn Richards, RN, CIC – Agrace HospiceCare, Madison, WI
  • Wynn Roberts, RN, CIC – Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Portland, OR
  • Judy Warren, RN, MS, CIC, CPHQ –Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

“Characterized by innovation and success in the face of many challenges, this year’s Heroes embody APIC’s patient safety mission and serve as excellent role models for the infection prevention field,” said APIC 2012 President Michelle Farber, RN, CIC. “We are inspired by their dedication and honored to recognize their impressive achievements.”

APIC established the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award in 2006 to recognize infection preventionists who have served their profession in an outstanding manner. More than 80 individuals and groups have been recognized to date for their exceptional work in reducing healthcare-associated infections.

The 2012-2013 Heroes program is supported by an educational grant from BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company).

APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 14,000 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. Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic.

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