HHS, APIC, SHEA announce Partnership in Prevention Award

Washington, April 24 — APIC and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) are partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the 2012 Partnership in Prevention Award. Nominations will be accepted through August 17, 2012.

The nature and purpose of the Partnership in Prevention Award is to highlight and promote the work of one hospital that has achieved sustainable improvements based on the concepts of the “National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination” and is helping to achieve the goals outlined in the HHS Partnership for Patients.

Preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) requires a multidisciplinary and team-based approach – involving facility-level executive leaders, clinical leaders, infection control and prevention experts, and others.

The award program intends to recognize prevention leaders in the U.S. acute care community who have achieved wide-scale reduction and progress toward elimination of targeted HAIs. It also intends to showcase the outstanding efforts of clinicians, hospital executives, and hospital facilities who have improved clinical practice through utilization of evidence-based guidelines, achieved and maintained superior prevention results, and advanced best practices to improve patient safety.

Awards will be granted according to specific criteria tied to national standards. The inaugural award will be presented during International Infection Prevention Week, October 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.
The application deadline is August 1, 2012. For more information about the award, eligibility criteria, data requested, and application process, please visit the 2012 Partnership in Prevention Award page on the APIC website.

We invite you to nominate a team for this award. Please contact awards@apic.org with any questions.

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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