APIC Members Elect 2010 Leaders, Reject Association Name Change

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces the election of its 2010 officers and directors.

Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC, has been elected president-elect, a position he will hold until January 2011, at which time he will become APIC president.  Olmsted is the 2009 recipient of the distinguished Carole DeMille Award. He is currently an epidemiologist for infection control services at St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Carolyn E. Jackson, RN, MA, CIC, has been re-elected as secretary.  Jackson has served as secretary and a member of the APIC board since 2008. Having served as a consultant for a number of years in a healthcare consulting firm she founded, Jackson recently joined the staff of SHW Hadley Hospital in Washington, D.C. as the infection preventionist.

The following APIC members have been elected or re-elected to serve on the board of directors for a two-year term beginning in January 2010:  

-- Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, is national leader for infection prevention for Kaiser Permanente in San Mateo, Calif.

-- Patricia (Patti) S. Grant, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, is returning to the APIC Board.  She is currently an infection preventionist at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

-- Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, is director of infection prevention for Rochester General Health System in Rochester, N.Y.

-- Connie Steed, RN, MSN, CIC, is currently director of infection prevention at the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Greenville, S.C.

-- Diane Spicer, RN, BS, CIC, provides consultation in different settings including behavioral health, pediatric long term care, extended care and home health. She is from Port St. Lucie, Fla.

 Jerome E. Granato, MD, MBA, was elected to serve a new two-year term as an external director on the APIC board of directors.  Granato currently serves as medical director of the Coronary Care Unit at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.  External directors are non- infection prevention (IP) healthcare experts. They are elected to help create broader stakeholder relationships and bring diversity of healthcare knowledge and expertise to APIC’s governance process.

Cathryn Murphy, RN, MPH, PhD, CIC, MRCNA, will serve as APIC president in 2010.  She currently holds an academic position on the Faculty of Health Services and Medicine at Bond University in Australia.

Other members continuing on the APIC board of directors in 2010 will include:

-- Linda J. Burton, RN, BSN, CIC (director) an infection preventionist at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo.

-- Michelle Farber, RN, CIC (director) is an infection control specialist at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn.

-- Jennie Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC (treasurer) is responsible for the infection prevention program in inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities of the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish/Washington University in St. Louis.

-- Christine J. Nutty, RN, MSN, CIC (immediate past president) is currently an infection control consultant in Metropolis, Ill.

-- Clifton N. Orme, MBA, chief operating officer for CIMA, a division of International Hospital Corporation, in Dallas, Texas, continues his term as an external director.

-- Marcia Patrick, RN, MSN, CIC (director) is director of infection prevention and control at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash. 

The APIC membership voted to approve Article IX Committees, Section 2, Executive Committee.  The composition of the APIC Executive Committee will now include the Secretary.

By a narrow margin, the APIC membership did not approve the amendment to Article I, Name and Seal which would have changed the name of the association. The majority of APIC members who voted were in favor of the name change; however, the two-thirds majority required to change the name was not achieved – failing approval by less than one percent.  The name of the association will remain the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.

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