Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC, of
“We are proud to honor Russ with this award,” says Christine J. Nutty, RN, MSN, CIC, APIC 2009 president. “He is an innovator in infection prevention and an advocate of patient and worker safety at the local, state, national and international level. Russ exemplifies and practices the principles epitomized by Carole DeMille -- professionalism, expertise, contribution to enhancement of infection prevention, mentorship skills, and a level of productivity in research that benefits our entire profession.”
An infection preventionist for more than 26 years, Olmsted is epidemiologist in infection control services for St. Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) in
As a long-time APIC member and leader, Olmsted served as a board member, editor of the 1996 APIC Text and is currently associate editor and member of the editorial board of the American Journal for Infection Control (AJIC). He served as editor of the APIC News, became a member of APIC’s Continuous Quality Improvement Task Force and was the first chairperson of the APIC Information Technology Committee.
Olmsted is past president of the Michigan Society for Infection Prevention & Control and led a state-wide task force to conduct a peer review of data mining technology on behalf of the Michigan Health and Safety Coalition. Currently, he collaborates with other infection preventionists to develop tools and present information to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s (MHA)
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.