California infection control professional to be honored for distinguished service


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Liz Garman


California infection control professional to be honored for distinguished service

Portland, Ore., June 13, 2017 – Linda Dickey, RN, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, senior director of quality, patient safety, and infection prevention, University of California, Irvine Healthcare, will receive the 2017 President’s Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).


The award, which will be presented at APIC’s 44th Annual Conference, June 14-16, in Portland, Oregon, is given to an individual whose service within APIC has been judged by peers as exceptional and who has made major contributions to the profession of infection prevention and control. An expert on healthcare facility design, Dickey is being recognized for improving guidelines and resources that help to ensure hospitals are designed in ways that reduce infection risks to patients and staff.


“Linda is not only a mentor and trusted colleague, but also represents the field of infection prevention in a highly competent and professional manner, garnering the respect of other professional organizations and heightening public awareness of the importance of infection prevention,” said 2017 APIC President, Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC. 


Dickey has been a member of APIC since 1994, and has served as an ambassador for APIC to other professional organizations that are essential partners for infection preventionists, including the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI). In this capacity, she was influential in the development of a new standard from ASHRAE aimed at mitigating risks from legionella. She also has participated with the Center for Health Design in developing the Safety Risk Assessment process for the design of healthcare facilities.


She has been recognized for her expertise at the state and national level, and has developed numerous tools, checklists, and other resources to assist infection preventionists in navigating the complex areas of construction and renovation. Dickey has participated in numerous speaking engagements, as well as countless collaborative projects and publications.


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 Follow APIC on Twitter: and Facebook: For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at


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