Wisconsin Infection Preventionist Honored for Distinguished Service

June 6, 2019

Marc-Oliver Wright, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC, FAPIC, clinical infection control practitioner at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, will be honored with the 2019 President’s Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

The award is given to an individual who has made major contributions to the profession of infection prevention and control (IPC) through service within APIC. It will be presented at APIC’s 46th Annual Conference, June 12-14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

“Marc is widely recognized by his colleagues as a leader and mentor within the field of infection prevention, sharing his expertise in surveillance technology and infection prevention to further APIC’s goals and improve patient safety at every level,” said 2019 APIC president Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC. “He continues to provide distinguished service to APIC and the profession, and we are proud to honor him with this award.”

An active member of APIC since 2001, Wright has served at the local level including as president of the Chicago chapter. A technology expert, he served on APIC’s Surveillance Technology Task Force, APIC’s Research Committee and later served on the APIC Board of Directors as a member and as treasurer. In 2018, Wright was a member of the APIC Consensus Conference Steering Committee, leading a discussion on building the business case for an enhanced IP role.

Wright currently serves as the section editor of Surveillance Methods and Technology for APIC’s peer-reviewed journal, the American Journal of Infection Control, and develops, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network, an interactive case study series to help IPs improve HAI surveillance. Wright has also contributed significantly to APIC’s collaboration with key partners, most recently participating with the CDC on the Quick Observation Tools development team to assist healthcare facilities in identifying infection prevention deficiencies and take corrective action in real time.

APIC 2019 Annual Conference, June 12-14 in Philadelphia, 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 #APIC2019.

Source: APIC