APIC members, research, and initiatives featured in two Wall Street Journal articles

The collaborative infection prevention efforts of Kathy Roye-Horn, RN, CIC, director of Infection Prevention, and Marita Nash, MBA, CHESP, director of Environmental Services and Linen – both of Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ – were featured in the Wall Street Journal’s “Informed Patient” column on Tuesday, June 5.

Reporter Laura Landro spent a day in early May with the Hunterdon team and observed their facility-wide programs which have successfully cut rates of infections caused by C. diff and other resistant pathogens. The article also described “Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients,” which was launched jointly by APIC and the Association for the Healthcare Environment in 2011. Both Roye-Horn and Nash are clinical advisors for the initiative which is focused on improving patient outcomes by building bridges between infection preventionists and environmental services professionals.

A separate Wall Street Journal article, which also appeared on June 5, covered news from APIC’s Annual Conference, focusing on new research presented at the meeting and highlights of the APIC Film Festival.