New York State infection prevention expert to serve as 2017 APIC president

Arlington, VA, February 8, 2017 – Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, infection prevention manager at Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York, will serve as 2017 president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 

“We are pleased that Linda will lead our association as 2017 president,” said APIC Chief Executive Officer Katrina Crist, MBA, CAE. “She has long been recognized as a national infection prevention expert, generously sharing her expertise with fellow APIC members and the broader healthcare community through participation in numerous task forces and committees. Her extensive knowledge of the field, and her leadership experience will be a tremendous asset to APIC and as we seek to advance our patient safety mission.”

With more than 25 years of infection prevention experience, Greene has served APIC in numerous leadership capacities, including president of her local chapter, president of the New York State APIC Advisory Council, and as a board member and secretary of the APIC Board of Directors. 

Greene has represented APIC and infection preventionists on various expert panels including the New York State technical advisory panel for public reporting of hospital-acquired infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ventilator Pneumonia workgroup, and the CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) surveillance workgroup.

In addition, Greene was the lead author for multiple APIC position papers including a paper on mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel and one on the importance of surveillance technologies in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). She contributed to the Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals and to the American Nurses Association’s catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention tool. She also serves as faculty for several national HAI reduction projects. 

Greene has lectured extensively at the state, national, and international level. In 2005, she received the Hospital Association of New York State’s Pinnacle Award for Quality for her work as team leader on a project which resulted in a 72-percent decrease in hospital-wide rates of line-associated bloodstream infections. In 2006, Greene received APIC’s Heroes of Infection Prevention award for her role in significantly reducing healthcare-associated infections. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York and her Master of Administration from Alfred University.

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