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 to register for vendor space.


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

See below for the NEW agenda.

Infection Prevention

for a Safer Environment


PROGRAM AGENDA October 20, 2016




Welcome and Opening Remarks 




Rocco Romeo CA, CPA

CEO, HLS Linen Services

Ontario, Canada

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


Break and vendors




Andrew J. Streifel

Hospital Environment Specialist

Department of Environmental Health and Safety

University of Minnesota

“Water Damage and Mold Management/Mitigation”


APIC NE Members meeting/Vendors for non APIC members




Lunch and Vendors





Dr. Abimbola 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 Opportunities for Care Transitions Between Facilities”



Break and Dessert


2:00- 3:00


Robin Wright RN, MSN

Nurse Educator

Steward/St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

Boston, MA


“Infection Prevention Best Practices in Hemodialysis”


Closing remarks/Contact hours


Speaker slides for the APIC NE Fall Conference are available below. They are password protected for use by conference registrants. We will not be providing copies of the speakers slides. You may make copies yourself or you can access them at the conference on a personal device. 

        Robin Wright-Hand Hygiene Glove Facts 2.pdf

        Robin Wright-Patient Education Power Point 3.pdf     

        Robin-Infection Control in the Dialysis Unit 1.pdf

        Romeo APIC Presentation 10-20-16 final.pdf

        Dr. Abinbola Ogundimu.pdf

        Striefel Water Damage.pdf


        Infection Prevention for a Safer Environment                  

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:


Rocco Romeo, CA, CPA, is currently the CEO of HLS Linen Services located in Ontario Canada.  HLS Linen Services ships over 50 million pounds per year to healthcare facilities, long term care homes and hospitality Customers throughout Ontario and Western Quebec covering over a 300 mile radius. HLS has over 400 employees in a unionized setting.  Rocco started my career as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG and worked there for 7 years up to the position of Senior Manager.  He then became Chief Financial Officer of Hospital Shared Service (a Company responsible for all financial aspects for both HLS Linen Services and Healthcare Food Services) and was there for five years.

 In 2000, he assumed the lead role of CEO of HLS Linen Services.  During this time the Company generated significant surpluses and plant efficiencies improved by over 75% in the past ten years. The company grew from shipping 15,000,000 pounds a year in 2002 to over 50,000,000 pounds a year by 2016.  I was responsible for the overall efficient operation of a plant delivering 50,000,000 lbs of clean linen per year to over 100 facilities throughout Ontario and Quebec including hospitals, long term care facilities and hospitality customers.  


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.  


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

APIC-NE Fall 2016 Vendor Attendees List.pdf

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