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Jennie Wilson is a registered nurse, with an honours degree in Microbiology, Masters in Public Health and Public Health Diploma. She is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College. She spent 10 years as an infection control nurse before joining the Health Protection Agency where she was involved in a range of HCAI surveillance and research initiatives both in the UK and Europe. She was a key player in establishing the first national surveillance programmes on healthcare-associated infection in England and was Programme Leader of the Surgical Site Infection Surveillance Service for 10 years. Jennie has recently left her role as Deputy Director Infection Prevention and Control at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to take up a position as Reader in Healthcare Epidemiology at the University of West London in the newly formed Institute for Practice, Interdisciplinary Research and Enterprise (INSPIRE). Jennie has published extensively on the prevention of HCAI in general and surveillance in particular. She is the author of two textbooks on infection control, one of which Infection Control in Clinical Practice is now in its 3rd Edition.
Louise Fox is the Lead Infection Prevention and Control Nurse at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. Louise qualified as a registered nurse in 1987 and has experiences in surgical nursing, Acute medical admissions and Critical care. After being an infection control link worker since 1987 she joined the infection Prevention and Control team in 2002 and gained a Specialist Practitioner Qualification in Infection Control in 2004 (Dundee University). The Team currently covers Walsall Manor Hospital and Primary care services in Walsall, and in addition provides infection control advice and support to Walsall General Practitioner surgeries, Nursing and Residential homes and dental surgeries within Walsall. Louise is a member of the Infection Prevention Society and has held the post of West Midlands regional Treasurer.
Dan Bronson-Lowe, MS, PhD, CIC, is Senior Infection Preventionist at the Carle Hospital and Physician Group in Urbana, Ill., where he evaluates the quality of patient care and patient outcomes as they relate to healthcare-associated infections, sets and recommends policies and procedures to prevent adverse events, and serves as site administrator for the National Healthcare Safety Network. Together known simply as Carle, the 345-bed Carle Foundation Hospital and the 330-physician Carle Physician Group serve residents of east central Illinois. Healthgrades, the nation’s leading independent health care ratings organization, has named Carle Foundation Hospital the top hospital in Illinois for neurosurgery, neurosciences and critical care. Carle has also been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters for the second year in a row. Bronson-Lowe has taught health data analysis at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2008. Previously, he was an infectious disease epidemiologist for the Arizona Department of Health Services. He served on the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists from 2006-2008, on the Scientific Research Council of the national Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in 2009, and is an APIC chapter board member. He is also a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Bronson-Lowe has an MS and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Arizona.
Sandra Callery, RN, MHSc, CIC, is assistant clinical professor of health sciences at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Sunnybrook is the largest single-site hospital in Canada. The 1,212-bed health center generates 396,281 patient days and 373,970 clinic visits annually. Previously she held posts in clinical research and occupational health and safety. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including public health, small community hospitals and large tertiary-care centers. She holds a Master’s in Health Science degree in healthcare practice, where her research focused on HIV infection, counseling and testing. She has been involved in research and publications regarding disease transmission and management of patients with antibiotic resistant organisms. Callery is a past national president of the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association of Canada (CHICA). She continues to participate in international infection control initiatives through that association. She also serves on the Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee and is on the faculty for the development of the Infection Prevention and Control course at Centennial College, Toronto.
Beth Ann Kavanagh, MS, MBA, CIC, is the Director of Infection Control & Prevention at University Health System, San Antonio, Texas. University Health System includes 498-bed University Hospital, a teaching hospital and the lead trauma center for South Texas, as well as 13 clinics and a health plan. University Hospital is one of just 15 Level I trauma centers in Texas, and the lead trauma center for all of South Texas. The Emergency Center at University Hospital is the busiest in the region and averages nearly 70,000 visits each year. The University Transplant Center is a 2008 and 2009 Medal of Honor recipient from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kavanagh leads a department of four infection preventionists, which handles state and national reporting and works to decrease the risk of healthcare-associated infections. She provided infection prevention oversight and construction guidance for a $900 million hospital and clinic building project. Previously, Kavanagh was an infection control practitioner at Christus Santa Rosa Healthcare in San Antonio. She also was a clinical microbiologist for 10 years, managing departments at Christus and the Louisiana Reference Laboratory in Baton Rouge. She has an MS in pathobiology/microbiology from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Louisiana State University. Kavanagh is treasurer for the local chapter of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). She also serves on the board of the Texas Society for Infection Control and Prevention.
Charlotte Shelton, BS, MT, CIC, is Senior Infection Preventionist at Midland (Texas) Memorial Hospital, a 350-bed county hospital, which won the 2010 Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association for Heart Failure Care & the Silver Award from the AHA for Stroke Care. She has been an infection preventionist for 20 years, is certified in infection control and has more than 40 years’ experience in clinical microbiology. Shelton has taught microbiology to new medical technologists and infection preventionists at the Texas Society of Infection Preventionists. Her background includes a teaching certificate from the Academic Language Therapy Association; she has taught children with learning differences such as dyslexia. Before joining the team at Midland Memorial, Shelton was a practicing microbiology bench technologist and infection preventionist at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas, where she was the recipient of a Best Practice Award in Infection Control from The Joint Commission in 1999. She has a BS in medical technology from the University of Oklahoma at Norman. Shelton has served as President of West Texas Practitioners of Infection Control since 2008.
Ed Septimus, MD, is Professor of Internal Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Septimus received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1972, where he also completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Previously, he was Medical Director of Infectious Diseases and Employee Health at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston. He completed a three-year term on the board of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in 2009, and is on the IDSA Antimicrobial Resistance Work Group, the IDSA/Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Antimicrobial Stewardship Work Group and SHEA’s Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Committee. Dr. Septimus was the first recipient of the IDSA Annual Clinician Award and was awarded the John S. Dunn Sr. Outstanding Teacher Award in 2010 and 2011. He is on the Food and Drug Administration’s Anti-Infective Drug Advisory Group and co-chair of the National Quality Forum’s Infectious Disease Steering Committee. He is a clinical professor at Texas A&M Medical School and is professor and distinguished senior fellow at the George Mason University School of Public Health. He is on the board of the International Society for Antimicrobial Resistance and is the chair for the IHI Antibiotic Stewardship Project. He is president of the Texas Infectious Diseases Society and has published more than 90 articles and chapters.
Stephen A. Streed, MS, CIC, is System Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Fla. The four-hospital system in southwest Florida has 1,600 beds, more than 9,500 employees and a medical staff of 1,130 physicians. It has worked hard on issues surrounding patient safety, reducing serious safety events to 1.2 per 100,000 adjusted patient days and achieving an 85 percent reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonia in intensive care, a 36 percent decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections and a 61 percent reduction in central-line-associated bloodstream infections. Mr. Streed has been active in infection prevention since 1977, after receiving an MS in preventive medicine/environmental health in 1975 from the University of Iowa. His first infection control position was at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and involved infection surveillance and statistical analysis of surveillance data, computer program development and development and presentation of infection control education. He has also served as Director of the Hospital Epidemiology/Infection Control Department at the Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and has worked in industry in the development of epidemiology software for infection preventionists. Mr. Streed has authored or co-authored numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and position papers over the years and is currently serving on the editorial board of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Marc-Oliver Wright, MT (ASCP), MS, CIC, is the Corporate Director of Infection Control for NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill. NorthShore is a comprehensive, fully integrated healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago region. Wright is responsible for infection control at four acute-care hospitals totaling 900-plus beds, more than 75 ambulatory care centers, and home health and hospice services. For an unprecedented 14 years, NorthShore was named one of the Top 100 Hospitals and Top Five "Major Teaching Hospitals" by Thomson Reuters. For the fifth year in a row, NorthShore was named one of the nation's Most Wired hospital systems, and NorthShore received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for its methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Reduction Program. Wright is certified in infection control and has an MS in epidemiology and has advanced training in public health informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, he was an infection preventionist at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and an epidemiologist at the Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Research Foundation. Wright has published more than 20 articles in the American Journal of Infection Control, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Emerging Infectious Diseases and other publications. He is the current President of APIC Chicago, and serves as a section editor for the editorial board of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Julie is an international expert on infection prevention and control and undertakes work as a WHO consultant as well as occupying a position on the board of the Infection Prevention Society. She worked with WHO's Patient Safety Programme in Geneva on the development of the first international consensus guidelines on hand hygiene in health care. She is also a former Director of the National Patient Safety Agency's (NPSA) cleanyourhands campaign where she held the position of Assistant Director of Infection Control. She is currently studying for a doctorate in public health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
Charles S. Lauer was the publisher ofModern Healthcaremagazine for more than 30 years. He wrote a regular column for the magazine that was widely read by tens of thousands of senior executives of America’s healthcare institutions. He is the author of three books –Soar with the Eagles,Reach for the StarsandDecency – in which he shares his vision of the qualities that define personal and professional success. Lauer now advises healthcare organizations on current trends and future opportunities. He serves on the board of a number of institutions, writes regular columns forBecker’s Hospital Reviewand Healthcare Business Media, and makes regular presentations to audiences across the United States. Lauer received his BA from Middlebury College in Vermont and did postgraduate work at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill. He was honored with the 2004 American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health’s Michael E. DeBakey Award for Achievement in Healthcare (previous winners had included Jonas Salk and C. Everett Koop). He also won the National Healthcare Award from B’nai B’rith International and was named an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Lauer is a member of the Studer Group Hall of Fame for his focus on the patient experience of care.
John E. Vazquez, MD, is Chief Medical Officer of Sinai Medical Group and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. As CMO, he manages a 220-physician, multi-specialty group. In addition to recruitment and retention throughout the medical group, he is oversees financial metrics, compensation, billing and collection services, contract and liability management, as well as clinic operations. As department chair, Dr. Vazquez led a departmental turnaround, building the number of physicians and certified registered nurse anesthetists on staff, organizing quality assurance programs, and developing training rotations. Mount Sinai Hospital is a 431-bed teaching, research and tertiary-care facility. A graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago, Dr. Vazquez did his anesthesia residency and fellowship at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. He is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesia and his clinical expertise is in cardiac anesthesia and difficult-airway management. He is a spokesperson for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Vazquez is a published author and has held faculty appointments at Loyola Medical Center, the University of Illinois Medical Center and Cook County Hospital in Chicago.