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Judith English, PhD, RN, CIC, of Falls Church, Virginia, will be honored with the prestigious 2014 Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
The award, which will be presented today during the opening session at APIC’s 41st Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, is given annually to an infection preventionist (IP) who best exemplifies the ideals of Carole DeMille, a pioneer in the field.
“We are extremely honored to award Judith with the Carole DeMille Achievement Award for her dedication to infection prevention,” says APIC 2014 president Jennie L. Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC. “She has made significant contributions to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, having had an immeasurable impact on local, national, and international policy. Her groundbreaking work in the area of bioterrorism and emergency preparedness and response has helped to lead APIC in new directions.”
As a past APIC president, English has been an APIC member for nearly 30 years, holding positions both locally and nationally within the association. She is currently an infection prevention consultant for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). She served as APIC president in 2001-2002 and the D.C. Metro APIC chapter president in 1992.
English has played an integral role in shaping APIC’s knowledge of and approach to hospital disaster planning and is the author of the Bioterrorism Readiness Plan: A Template for Healthcare Facilities. She also spearheaded the development of resources for deployed military professionals on infection prevention, bioterrorism, and disaster preparedness and response.
English is dedicated to furthering APIC’s mission, having mentored countless junior infection preventionists (IPs). The author of more than 20 peer-reviewed articles, and a reviewer of several editions of the APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, she has presented more than 65 educational sessions, including serving as the keynote speaker at multiple infection prevention conferences.
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.