APIC Honors its 2016 Heroes of Infection Prevention

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced seven recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award, which honors infection preventionists who have successfully helped to reduce infection, raise awareness, and improve the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.

Recipients will be recognized during APIC’s 43nd Annual Conference, June 11-13 in Charlotte, N.C. The following individuals are being recognized:

Kelley Boston, MPH, CIC
Infection Prevention & Management Associates
San Antonio, TX

Shannon Davila, RN, MSN, CIC, CPHQ
New Jersey Hospital Association
Princeton, NJ

John Fall, RN, BSN, CIC
Doctors Medical Center
Modesto, CA

Suliman Al Jumaah, MD, CIC and Irene Barron, MSN, CIC, CPHQ
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
Riyadh, Saudi Arabi

Sarah Lopez, RN, BSN
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Las Vegas, NV

Chaz Rhone, MPH, CIC
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa, FL

"Our 2016 Heroes have implemented new strategies to prevent infection, demonstrated creative thinking to improve processes, and successfully collaborated with others in their facilities to advance the field,” said APIC 2016 president Susan Dolan, RN, MS, CIC. "We applaud their commitment to patient safety and celebrate their innovative efforts.”

APIC established the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award in 2006 to recognize infection preventionists who have developed and implemented 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.

The APIC 2016 Annual Conference, taking place June 11-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with more than 60 educational sessions and workshops led by experts from across the globe and attended by nearly 4,000 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 online with the hashtag #APIC2016.