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This award-winning blog supplements the articles in Hospital Infection Control & Prevention.

APIC, SHEA seeking nominations for Partnership in Prevention Award

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) have partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the first annual Partnership in Prevention Award. Nominations will be accepted through August 1, 2012.

The nature and purpose of the Partnership in Prevention Award is to highlight and promote the work of one hospital that has achieved sustainable improvements based on the concepts of the “National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination” and is helping to achieve the goals outlined of the HHS Partnership for Patients. Preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) requires a multi-disciplinary and team-based approach – involving facility-level executive leaders, clinical leaders, infection control and prevention experts, and others.

The award program intends to recognize prevention leaders in the U.S. acute care community who have achieved wide-scale reduction and progress toward elimination of targeted HAIs. It also intends to showcase the outstanding efforts of clinicians, hospital executives, and hospital facilities who have improved clinical practice through utilization of evidence-based guidelines, achieved and maintained superior prevention results, and advanced best practices to improve patient safety. Awards will be granted according to specific criteria tied to national standards. The inaugural award will be presented during International Infection Prevention Week, October 15, 2012.