Virginia infection preventionist awarded highest honor for her dedication and contribution to the profession

Anaheim, Calif., June 7, 2014 – Judith English, PhD, RN, CIC, of Falls Church, Virginia, will be honored with the prestigious 2014 Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

The award, which will be presented today during the opening session at APIC’s 41st Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, is given annually to an infection preventionist (IP) who best exemplifies the ideals of Carole DeMille, a pioneer in the field.

“We are extremely honored to award Judith with the Carole DeMille Achievement Award for her dedication to infection prevention,” said APIC 2014 President Jennie L. Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC. “She has made significant contributions to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, having had an immeasurable impact on local, national, and international policy. Her groundbreaking work in the area of bioterrorism and emergency preparedness and response has helped to lead APIC in new directions.”

As a past APIC president, English has been an APIC member for nearly 30 years, holding positions both locally and nationally within the association. She is currently an infection prevention consultant for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). She served as APIC president in 2001-2002 and the D.C. Metro APIC Chapter president in 1992.

English has played an integral role in shaping APIC’s knowledge of and approach to hospital disaster planning and is the author of the Bioterrorism Readiness Plan: A Template for Healthcare Facilities. She also spearheaded the development of resources for deployed military professionals on infection prevention, bioterrorism, and disaster preparedness and response.

English is dedicated to furthering APIC’s mission, having mentored countless junior infection preventionists (IPs). The author of more than 20 peer-reviewed articles, and a reviewer of several editions of the APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, she has presented more than 65 educational sessions, including serving as the keynote speaker at multiple infection prevention conferences.

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.

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.