Los Angeles CEO receives APIC’s Healthcare Administrator Award

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., June 5, 2013 – John Calderone, PhD, Chief Executive Officer at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, Ca., was named the recipient of the fourth annual Healthcare Administrator Award, presented by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 

The award, which was presented at APIC’s 40th Annual Conference, June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, is given annually to a member of a healthcare facility’s executive team who has made infection prevention and control a top priority throughout the facility.

“We are proud to recognize Dr. Calderone with this honor,” said APIC 2013 President Patti Grant, RN, BSN, MS, CIC. “His persistent encouragement and support have given Infection Prevention and Control a solid foundation at Olympia, enabling them to elevate the level of care provided to patients.”

With backing from Dr. Calderone, infection prevention staff reinvigorated a system-wide hand hygiene campaign with buttons and signs that engaged patients to ask their healthcare providers if they had cleaned their hands. He personally addressed the hand hygiene observers about the importance of their task and handled issues with physicians directly to minimize potential resistance. 

Dr. Calderone’s leadership and commitment to infection prevention were evident when the hospital experienced an unexpected rise in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in early 2011. He made sure that all nursing directors accompanied the infection preventionists on rounds to check central lines – sending a clear message that this was a serious matter and breaches in practice would not be tolerated. As a result of the collaboration between nursing and infection control, CLABSI rates decreased from 7.0 per 1,000 central line days in the first quarter of 2011 to 1.7 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Throughout 2012, Olympia had zero CLABSI in the intensive care unit. Similar reductions were achieved for catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Dr. Calderone’s role as an administrative champion gained the attention of the Health Services Advisory Group of California, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for the state, who invited him to host a special webinar for health leaders on the role of the CEO in infection prevention. He shared thoughts on engaging other C-suite members, influencing culture and teamwork, allocating resources, empowering teams, and communicating the value and relevance of interventions.

The APIC 2013 Annual Conference, June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with 90 educational sessions and workshops led by infection prevention experts and attended by more than 4,500 individuals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists with tools and strategies that are easily adaptable and can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs. The Twitter hashtag #APIC2013 was used for the meeting.

About APIC

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. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic.