APIC salutes the 2016 Heroes of Infection Prevention

        The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) recently announced 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, health care workers, and the public.
        Supported by a grant from BD, an APIC Strategic Partner, the Heroes program has recognized more than 100 individuals and groups for their exceptional work in reducing health care-associated infections. These individuals and teams represent a broad spectrum of health care practitioners across experience levels, health care settings, specialty areas, and geographic locations.
        Recipients were recognized during the APIC 43rd Annual Educational Conference in Charlotte, NC, in June. The APIC quarterly magazine, Prevention Strategist, will feature their profiles in the fall and winter 2016 issues. In addition, more about the 2016 Heroes is available on the APIC Web site ( We encourage nominations of deserving individuals or teams for a 2017 Heroes award!
        One group and 5 individuals are being recognized as 2016 Heroes of Infection Prevention:
        • Suliman Al Jumaah, MD, CIC, and
        • Irene Barron, MSN, CIC, CPHQ
        • King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
        • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
        • Dr Suliman Al Jumaah and Irene Barron embraced a challenge and in just 2 years created a world-class infection control and hospital epidemiology department. They created structure and teamwork to generate impressive results. Between 2014 and 2015, rates for numerous infections dropped across the hospital's 8 intensive care units as real-time and electronic reporting, as well as a 24-hour infection control and hospital epidemiology on-call system, became effective. The infection control and hospital epidemiology department staff more than doubled (from 10 to 22) and infection prevention team member certification and higher education increased 4-fold.
        • Kelley Boston, MPH, CIC, CPHQ
        • Infection Prevention & Management Associates
        • San Antonio, TX
        • Through motivation and education, Kelley Boston integrated the infection prevention teams across what is among the largest health systems in America to dramatically reduce infection rates. After creating a centralized infection prevention reporting structure, Boston established formal education and advancement plans to help support and grow the infection prevention leaders she saw within each hospital.
        • Shannon Davila, MSN, RN, CIC, CPHQ
        • New Jersey Hospital Association
        • Princeton, NJ
        • Shannon Davila's ability to motivate and engage people in the hospital environment has enabled her to positively affect infection rates across an entire state. As the New Jersey Hospital Association's (NJHA) clinical quality improvement manager, Davila provided support to New Jersey hospitals on national and statewide quality improvement initiatives. During her 4 years with NJHA, Davila helped state hospitals integrate several initiatives that led to an impressive 31% reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates statewide, among other successes.
        • John Fall, BSN, RN, CIC
        • Doctors Medical Center
        • Modesto, CA
        • When John was offered the infection prevention and control (IPC) position at Doctors Medical Center in 1975, he was an intensive care unit nurse with no formal IPC training. Despite being excited about the change, he faced the daunting task of building his hospital's IPC program from scratch. Over time, his common sense approach—along with the integration of tracking software—enabled Fall and his team to dramatically reduce their facility's infection rates.
        • Sarah Lopez, BSN, RN
        • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
        • Las Vegas, NV
        • In Sarah Lopez's short career as an infection preventionist she has dramatically raised the infection prevention and control (IPC) standards in her rehabilitation facility by bringing a sense of teamwork and fun to IPC programs. Her efforts at HealthSouth Desert Canyon have resulted in a zero catheter-associated urinary tract infection rate since June 2015, as well as zero central line-associated bloodstream infections since July 2014.
        • Chaz Rhone, MPH, CIC
        • Tampa General Hospital
        • Tampa, FL
        • Chaz Rhone's efforts to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections at Tampa General Hospital demonstrate how championing a patient safety culture can generate significant results. Chaz worked to position himself as a leader and resource, interacting with physicians and nurses to provide educational materials, gain buy-in, and solicit feedback.