APIC Honors its 2014 Heroes of Infection Prevention

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced six recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award, which honors infection preventionists who have successfully reduced infection, raised awareness, and improved the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.

Recipients were recognized during APIC’s 41th Annual Conference, June 7-9 in Anaheim, Calif.
The following individuals and groups are being recognized:
• Fiaz Ahamed, MBBS, MD
Al Rass General Hospital
Al Rass, Saudi Arabia
• Lita Jo Henman, MPH, CIC
Riverside Methodist Hospital
Columbus, Ohio
• Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group
Olaya, Riyad, Saudi Arabia
• Rose Gathigia Ngugi, ICN, RN
The Nairobi Hospital
Nairobi, Kenya
• Sara Podczervinski, RN, MPH, CIC
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle, WA
• University of Colorado Health Infection Prevention and Control Team
Aurora, CO
Michelle Barron, MD
Linda Burton, RN, BSN, CIC
Teresa Hulett, RN, BSN
Tara Janosz, MPH
Larissa Pisney, MD
Theresa Ruiz
"The 2014 Heroes of Infection Prevention have demonstrated their commitment to patient and employee safety through creative thinking, practical solutions, and collaboration to design and implement infection prevention programs that improve outcomes in their own facilities and beyond,” said APIC 2014 President Jennie L. Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC. "We are honored to recognize their work and thank them for their dedication and outstanding efforts.”
APIC established the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award in 2006 to recognize infection preventionists who have developed and applied innovative infection prevention programs. More than 100 individuals and groups have been recognized to date for their exceptional work in reducing healthcare-associated infections.
The Heroes program is supported by a grant from BD, an APIC Strategic Partner.
APIC Annual Conference 2014, June 7-9 in Anaheim, California, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with more than 100 educational sessions and workshops led by infection prevention experts and attended by nearly 3,000 individuals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists with tools and strategies that are easily adaptable and can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs. The Twitter hashtag #APIC2014 is being used for the meeting.
Source: APIC