2007 Infection Prevention Heroes Calendar Recognizes APIC Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The second annual Heroes of Infection Prevention Calendar recognizing infection prevention and control professionals and epidemiologists from throughout the world has been released by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Those honored in the 2007 publication have been recognized by their APIC peers as professionals who are contributing significantly to the reduction of infection in healthcare arenas world-wide and impact the health, safety and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.

We congratulate the winners featured in this years heroes calendar and applaud their dedication to infection prevention best practices, said 2007 APIC president Denise Murphy, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC. This annual program strives to bring attention to the innovative work being done to advance our profession.

Those selected as APIC Heroes are nominated by their peers after being judged as having made a significant impact in one or more of the following areas: process and systems improvement; education; program development; patient safety; advocacy and influence, and cost savings. Winners were selected based on sustainability of a program; quantitative proof of success of a program, and diversity of award winners with the goal being to include winners from a broad spectrum.

Award recipients are featured in the 2007 calendar, which includes a photo of the winner and a brief description of his/her program. Each winner receives free registration to APICs 34th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting, which will be held June 24-28 in San Jose, Calif.

In addition to recognizing these very deserving professionals, we salute the thousands of infection prevention and control professionals who save lives every day, said APIC CEO Kathy L. Warye.  You are all heroes to us.

APIC was able to produce the calendar thanks to a grant from Tyco Healthcare/Kendall.

Tyco Healthcare/Kendall is pleased to partner with APIC once again in recognizing select ICPs for their dedication and effort toward improving patient outcomes, said Kristin Simoens, director of Dover Urologicals, Tyco Healthcare/Kendall. This year we are especially excited to reflect upon past achievements while celebrating new best practices as well.  The assembled collection of infection prevention and control leaders of yesterday and today demonstrate the value, integrity and life-changing strides that have been made in this sector. We look forward to producing this annual program for many years to come.

APIC 2007 winners are as follows: Maureen Spencer, RN, Med, CIC, Boston; Craig Gilliam, BS, MT, CIC, Little Rock, Ark.; Nizam Damani, MD, MSC, CIC, Portadown, Ireland (UK); Dianne Moroz, RN, MS, CIC, Canandaigua, N.Y.; Judy Prescott, RN, BSN, CIC, Dallas; Jennie Mayfield, RN, MPH, St. Louis; Marcia Shumate, RN, Azle, Texas; Vicki Brinsko, RN, Nashville; Dorine Berriel-Cass, RN, BSN, MA, CIC, Detroit; The Rhode Island Hospital Department of Epidemiology (comprised of Dr. Leonard Mermel, Julie Jefferson, RN, CIC, Kerry Blanchard, BS, MT; Sylvia Monti, BS, CIC and Stephen Parenteau, MS, MT, CIC); Ava Jill Dobin, RN, BSN, CIC, Coral Springs, Fla. and Virginia Lipke, RN, BS, CIC, Fort Thomas, Ky.

Source: APIC

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