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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Tyco Healthcare/Kendall have joined forces this year to produce the 2006 Heroes of Infection Prevention calendar to recognize APIC members who are contributing significantly to the reduction of infection and who are impacting the health, safety and well-being of patients, healthcare workers and the public.
We congratulate the winners featured in this, our inaugural calendar of heroes and applaud their dedication to infection prevention best practices, said APIC president Sue Sebazco, RN, BS, CIC. This program will become an annual endeavor to bring attention to the exciting, innovative work that is being done to advance our profession.
APIC initiated a call for nominations earlier this year to identify a select group of APIC members who are making 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 the following criteria: sustainability of the program, process or activity; quantitative proof of success of the program, process or activity; and diversity of award winners and broad reach of the infection prevention and control profession (with the goal being to include winners from a broad spectrum).
We are proud to be a part of this exciting endeavor to showcase the work of an exclusive group of outstanding infection prevention and control professionals, said Alain Tranchemontagne, vice president of marketing for the patient care division at Tyco Healthcare/Kendall.
Award recipients are featured in the 2006 calendar, which includes a photo of the winner and a brief description of his/her program. Each winner also receives a free registration to APICs 33rd annual educational conference and international meeting, which will be held June 11-15 in Tampa, Fla.
In addition to recognizing these very deserving professionals, we salute the thousands of infection prevention and control professionals doing great work on the front lines, said APIC executive director Kathy L. Warye. You are all heroes to us.
The 2006 Heroes of Infection Prevention award are as follows:
Rita McCormick, RN, CIC, UniversityHospital and Clinics, Madison, Wis.
Linda B. Feola, RN, BSN, MSHCA, St. Rose Domincan Hospital, Henderson, Nev.
Theresa Lampkins, RN, Saint Rose Dominican Hospital, Henderson, Nev.
Deborah A. Farrell, RN, CNOR, RNFA, CIC, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp, Tuba City, Ariz.
Irene Barron, RN, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Sarah E. Frost, BS, Clarian Health Partners Indianapolis, Ind.
Pamela K. Schwindt, BSN, Clarian Health Partners Indianapolis, Ind.
Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, Rochester GeneralHospital, Rochester, N.Y.
Kathy Liberatore, RN, BSN, CIC, Â Monongahela Valley Hospital, Inc., Monongahela, Pa.
Penny Wright, RN, Monongahela Valley Hospital, Inc., Monongahela, Pa.
Ruby P. Bowen, MSPH, MT, CIC, Columbia Behavioral Health System, Columbia, S.C.
Peggy Thompson, RN, BSN, CIC, Tampa GeneralHospital, Tampa, Fla.
Katherine H. West, BSN, MSEd, CIC, Infection Control/Emerging Concepts Inc., Manassas, Va.
Helen L. Ahlbrecht, RN, GNP, CIC, Partnering Care Senior Services Saint Paul, Minn.
Susan A. Dolan, RN, MS, CIC, The Children's Hospital, Denver, Colo.