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APIC-NE sponsors a bi-annual conference every spring and fall. Come and hear highly respected speakers address the most pressing issues of today in infection prevention, control, and epidemiology.

 

Vendors: please contact Linda Clark at l.clark.apicne@gmail.com to register for vendor space.

 

APIC NE's Fall Conference will be on October 20, 2016

Registration information will be available soon.

In the meantime take a look at the agenda and other information:

Infection Prevention:

A Culture of Safety

 

TIME

PROGRAM AGENDA October 20, 2016

7:30-8:00

Registration

8:00-8:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

 8:15-9:15

 Dr. Abinbola Ogundimu DrPH, MPH, RN, CIC,CPHQ

Infection Preventionist/Health Scientist

Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) Prevention and Response Branch, Atlanta, Ga

 "Infection Prevention and Control in Nursing Homes and Opportunites for Care Transitiions Between Facilties"

9:15-10

Break and vendors

 10:00-11:00

 Andrew J. Streifel

Hosptial Environmental Specialist

Department of Environmental Health, University of Minnestoa

"Water Damage and Mold Mangement/Mitigation

11:00-11:30

APICNE Members meeting 

Non-members, please visit our Vendors.

11:30-12:30

 Lunch and Vendors

12:30-1:30

John Scherberger BS, FAHE, CHESP, REH 

Principal  at Healthcare Risk Mitigation

President of Board of Directors for Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC)

Plainfield, IL

 “The Collaboration of Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) and Infection Preventionists in Ensuring Hygienically Clean and Safe Healthcare Textiles (HCTs)”

 

1:30-2:00

Break and Dessert

 2:00- 3:00

 Robin Wright, RN, MSN

Nurse Education/ Infection Control

Steward Healthcare System

Boston, MA

"Infection Prevention Best Practices in Hemodialysis

3:00-3:15

Closing remarks/Contact hours

 

PROGRAM GOALS:  APIC NE strives to maintain the highest standards for Infection Preventionists. This year's program goals are:

2.To identify and implement guidelines regarding the care of the environment and the care of the Laundry as it applies to Infection Prevention.

3. To learn about care of the dialysis patient as it specifically relates to Infection Prevention

4. To review the challenges facilities face to protect patients, staff and visitors when dealing with water damage and mold.

Who Should Attend:  This program is appropriate for healthcare professionals in Acute, Sub-Acute, Ambulatory Care, Long Term Care facilities and Home Health Agencies.  This includes: Professionals in Infection Prevention and Control, Quality Improvement, Safety, Risk Management, Physicians, Medical Technologists, Laboratory Scientists, Nurses, Professionals in Sterile Processing, Engineering and Environmental Services. 

Speaker Biographies:

John Scherberger, BS, FAHE, CHESP, REH is the principal at Healthcare Risk Mitigation in Spartanburg, SC.  Healthcare Risk Mitigation is a consulting enterprise that assists healthcare, laundry, hospitality, and other professionals in enhancing their operations.

He is a Fellow of the Association for the Healthcare Environment, Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional (CHESP) and the Registered Executive Housekeeper (REH).  He  has several certifications on care of the elderly and people with dementia.  John is regular contributor to numerous trade journals, magazines, and periodicals.  In addition he presented at numerous national and state conferences for healthcare associations.  .

He is the current President of the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council and the and a member of the Board of Directors for the Certification Center of the American Hospital Association.  He is a past board member of the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) and the South Carolina Chapter of the AHE and serves on numerous AHE advisory committees.

 

 

Abimbola Ogundimu, DrPH, MPH, BSN, CIC, CPHQ is a certified Infection Preventionist/Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), Prevention and Response Branch. In this role, she provides consultation and technical assistance for infection prevention and control, develops guidelines, educational resources and quality improvement programs to promote infection prevention and surveillance activities in long-term care settings. She also serves as a subject matter expert for clinical inquiries related to infection control outbreaks in long-term care settings. She participates in state-based and national initiatives that support infection prevention activities in long-term care facilities.

 

Andrew J. Streifel is a Hospital Environment Specialist with the Department of Environmental Health & Safety at the University of Minnesota.  He is a registered Environmental Health Specialist in Minnesota.  Mr. Streifel is also serving on the revision committee for the 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities.   He has served on this committee since 1994 and has participated in the development of the 1996, 2001, and 2006, 2010, 2014 & 2018 editions.During work as a health care consultant, he has been involved in the investigation of over 80 clusters of infection related to hospital air quality. He has served as a consultant in over 400 hospitals world wide on a variety of indoor air quality issues, water microbial contamination and has investigated clusters of bacterial infections due to unsanitary clinical practice.

 

Robin Wright, RN, MSN is a senior staff Nurse Educator at Steward Health St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a Master's degree in Nursing from Regis College. She has extensive experience in the care of the Hemodialysis patient. Included in Robin's many roles are; Nurse Educator, Project Manager, Vascular Access Nurse, Renal Quality Coordinator and brand new to the role as an Infection Control Practitioner. Her true passion is education. Robin has worked with the Massachusetts DPH over the last 2 years on the project Infection Prevention In Hemodialysis: Best Practices using Simulation and recently was appointed as a Core Advisor Member for The CDC : Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition. Robin welcomes this unique opportunity to share her experience in the hemodialysis unit.   

 

 

Click the following link for a complete list of Vendor attendees at the Spring 2016 APIC NE Conference:

2016 Spring Vendor Attendees.xlsx












Pictures from the October 2015 Event

     The sign welcoming participants.                          An attentive audience listens during one of the sessions.

The APIC NE Board of Directors meets to plan for the coming year.

Dr Sacra and APIC NE Secretary Andrea Harper.       Dr Sacra at the end of his moving talk.       

The gift bag given to all participants thanks to our wonderful sponsors.

Pondering the many choices for afternoon snack!

Steven Deschene giving his presentation.                                                                      The APIC NE Board of Directors enjoy a 

                                                                                                                                      little down time after the conference!

Dr Sacra and APIC NE President                             Such a vast array of tempting treats!

Nancy Dupont. 

Program Chair Nancy Havill and

Dr. Sacra.

​APIC New England's 2014 Innovation Award Winners!

First Place Winners: Cindy DeLuca, RN, MSN, CIC & Teresa Leary, RN, BSN, CIC


Runner up: Linda Riley, MEd, RN, CIC


Location: Springfield Marriott, Springfield, Massachusetts