Chief Medical Officer from Wisconsin awarded APIC’s Healthcare Administrator Award

Anaheim, Calif., June 9, 2014 – Mark Kehrberg, MD, MS, Chief Medical Officer of Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System in Menasha, Wisconsin, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Healthcare Administrator Award, presented by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

The award, which was presented at APIC’s 41st Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, 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. Kehrberg with this honor,” said APIC 2014 President Jennie L. Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC. “His dedication to infection prevention best practices and initiatives has improved patient, visitor, and employee safety at the hospitals he oversees.”

As chief medical officer, Dr. Kehrberg manages 15 hospitals and 45 clinics in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where he established an organizational culture that enables and supports infection prevention efforts. He has supported and encouraged the use of best practices that have been adopted by the 14 other facilities, including policies for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), surgical site infections, and vaccination compliance. These system-wide quality control structures supported by Dr. Kehrberg ensure Ministry Health Care hospitals and clinics meet their performance goals.

Under his leadership, Ministry Health Care has developed and implemented new practices that raised the employee influenza vaccination compliance rates from 70 percent in the 2011-12 influenza season to 89 percent in 2012-13 and 94 percent in 2013-2014. Meeting individually with concerned employees to explain the importance that vaccination plays in patient safety, Dr. Kehrberg was able to successfully raise the compliance rate without making vaccinations mandatory.

Additionally, Dr. Kehrberg’s role as an administrative champion has helped reduce healthcare-associated infections. Through his active involvement in the central line team and unwavering support of best prevention practices, Affinity’s St. Elizabeth intensive care unit has not experienced a CLABSI in 15 months. Dr. Kehrberg has supported the investment in the purchase, deployment, and implementation of surveillance software that has helped to transition the hospital’s policy of infection control to that of infection prevention. 

APIC Annual Conference 2014, June 7-9 in Anaheim, California, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with more than 100 educational sessions and workshops led by infection prevention experts and attended by nearly 3,000 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 #APIC2014 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 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 www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou. 

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