Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Vice President receives APIC’s Healthcare Administrator Award


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Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Vice President receives
APIC’s Healthcare Administrator Award


Minneapolis, June 6, 2018 – The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has named Cindy Barnard, PhD, MBA, MSJS, vice president of quality for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in Chicago, Illinois, the recipient of the Healthcare Administrator Award.

The award, which will be presented at APIC’s 45th Annual Conference, June 13-15, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, recognizes the pivotal role that healthcare leaders play in establishing an organizational culture that enables and supports infection prevention and control (IPC) efforts.

“We are honored to recognize Dr. Barnard with this award,” said 2018 APIC President Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC. “Her leadership at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare has ensured the sustainability and success of their robust infection control program. Strong leadership and mentorship is an essential component for a culture of patient safety.”

Through Barnard’s leadership, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare has developed a culture of safe patient care, ensuring quality infection prevention, and healthcare-associated infection reduction is a top priority. Her thoughtful and ongoing reviews of the IPC department have supported efforts for increased staffing and additional resources.

As Northwestern Memorial HealthCare has continued to grow, Barnard has ensured that the IPC program has remained robust and sustainable. Recently, she has advocated and implemented a standardized electronic surveillance system that ensures the growing health system has the technology for timely rounding and documentation.

Her work has helped the infection prevention team reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) by 25 percent, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) by 40 percent, and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) transmission by 75 percent.

APIC 2018 Annual Conference is one of the most comprehensive infection prevention conferences in the world, with more than 100 educational sessions and programs led by experts from across the globe and attended by nearly 5,000 professionals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, physicians, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with strategies that can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs and make healthcare safer. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #APIC2018.

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 Follow APIC on Twitter: and Facebook: For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at

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