Michigan health professional receives award for outstanding service, dedication to infection prevention profession

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., June 5, 2013 – Candace Friedman, BS, MT (ASCP), MPH, CIC of Ann Arbor, Mich., will be named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 

The award, which will be presented at APIC’s 40th Annual Conference June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, is given annually to an infection preventionist (IP) who best exemplifies the ideals of Carole DeMille, a pioneer in the field. 

“We are pleased and honored to recognize Candace, one of our premier infection preventionists,” said APIC 2013 President Patti Grant, RN, BSN, MS, CIC. “She has dedicated her career to improving infection prevention resources not only in the U.S., but on a global basis. Her contributions and visionary leadership have helped to improve the practice of infection prevention worldwide.”

Friedman worked in the field of infection control for 40 years, and was recently director of Infection Control and Epidemiology at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). She is currently a project manager in the UMHS’ Office of Clinical Safety. She served as APIC president in 1997.

Throughout her career, Friedman has pursued international professional activities and is recognized as a leader in international infection control. She was instrumental in forming APIC’s collaborations with global organizations including the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association-Canada, the Infection Prevention Society, and the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC). In 1999, she organized the Global Consensus Conference on Infection Control Issues Related to Antimicrobial Resistance. After the conference, she led the creation of the International Infection Control Council (IICC) which produced toolkits and resources to address infection control needs related to pandemics, disasters, and other issues. In 2007, under her leadership, the IICC collaborated with the Ontario Ministry of Health to hold a consensus meeting on C. difficile.   

Friedman chairs the IFIC publications committee and is a member of the Greater Detroit APIC chapter, the Michigan Society for Infection Prevention and Control, the American Society for Microbiology, the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association-Canada, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. She served as APIC’s representative on The Joint Commission’s Professional and Technical Advisory Committee from 2002-2007. 

Friedman has authored nearly 40 publications in scientific texts and journals, including several chapters in the APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology. She was influential in the development of and editor for the IFIC textbook on Basic Concepts of Infection Control, a resource used by countries around the world.  Her publications cover a wide range of topics including ambulatory care, electronic surveillance, epidemiology, infectious disease outbreak investigations, and professional and practice standards for infection control. 

The late Carole DeMille was among the founders of APIC who later became an internationally recognized authority in the developing field of hospital infection control. She was known for her vision and optimistic approach to present-day infection prevention methods. The award was established in her honor in 1979, following her death. 

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 is being 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.