2018 Conference Agenda / Speakers

This program was designed to meet the educational needs of Infection Prevention and Control professionals across a continuum of care. Program content addressed knowledge, standards and practices aimed at reducing, preventing and eliminating healthcare-associated infections.

 Time  Program
 7:30 – 8:30 AM Registration / Breakfast and Vendor Display
 8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome
 8:45 – 9:45 AM Session I: Dr. Charles Edmiston
“Moving Beyond Surgical Dogma: Development of Evidence-based Surgical Care Bundle to Improve Patient Outcomes”
 9:45 – 10:45 AM Session II: Tommie Murray
Infection Prevention-Joint Commission Requirements”
 10:45 – 11:45 AM Break / Vendor Displays / Snack
11:45 – 12:45 PM Session III: Dr. Leonard Mermel
“Prevention of Intravascular Catheter Infections- an Update”
(Vendor Lunch at this time)
 12:45 – 1:45 PM Attendee Lunch / Vendor Display
 1:45 – 2:45 PM Session IV: Elisabeth Klar
“The Art of Time Management”
 2:45 – 3:45 PM Session V: Carol Calabrese
“The Role of the Environment on Healthcare Acquired Infections”
 3:45 – 4:00 PM Closing Remarks / Needs Assessment / CEU Certificate Distribution

About the Speakers:

Carol Calabrese, RN, BS, CIC
Senior Clinical Market Advisor, Diversey

Ms. Carol Calabrese works at SealedAir/Diversey as one of two Senior Clinical Market Advisors. She is a Registered Nurse who has been practicing in the field of Infection Prevention for 30+ years and is Certified in Infection Control (CIC).

Has recently completed 2 years of Interim Leadership, Infection Prevention at Tulane Medical Center, Truman Medical Center and UF Health Jacksonville, as well as EPIC Consulting Services, LLC. Prior to that I have been Manager, of Infection Prevention and Control at Centerpoint Medical Center, and prior to that, an IP at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Experience has been, System Director of Epidemiology and Infection Control Services for a large multi-hospital and continuum of care system (Acute care, Long Term Care, Rehabilitation, Day care, physician practice, and Home health). Ms. Calabrese has also worked in the Medical Device Industry.

Ms. Calabrese has served the Greater Kansas City APIC Chapter as the President – Elect and has been involved with the Greater KC APIC Conference Planning Committee and Community Service. Past leadership positions have been as past Secretary to the DFW APIC chapter, FPIC, and President of the SWFRIC group (Ft. Myers, FL).

Charles E. Edmiston, Jr., PhD, SM (ASCP), CIC (CBIC) (Milwaukee, WI)
Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Director of Surgical Microbiology Research Laboratory, Dept of Surgery, Medical College of WI, Milwaukee

Dr. Charles E. Edmiston is the Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Director of Surgical Microbiology Research Laboratory, Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and SSI State Champion for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. He has served as a consultant to both CDC’s HICPAC and the FDA, where he served as an expert on the infection control implications of implantable biomedical devices. He is a Fellow of SHEA, IDSA and APIC. He is Board credentialed in both Infection Control and as a Specialist in Clinical Microbiology. Dr Edmiston is a member of the Editorial Boards for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Surgery, and Surgical Infections and past member of the American Journal of Infection Control editorial board. He is the author of over 300 original peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, editorials, reviews, monographs.

Elisabeth A. Klar, CPLP, PhD
Elisabeth A. Klar recognized a passion for workforce learning and development early in her career as a retail banking center manager. She has since performed numerous learning and development roles spanning financial services, higher education, and health care, including classroom/online facilitator, adjunct faculty member, instructional designer, and training leader.

Dr. Klar joined the Global Leadership & Learning Institute at Cleveland Clinic in September 2013 as director of employee development. Her primary area of responsibility was to foster competency development and career growth for a frontline health care audience. In June 2015, Dr. Klar accepted the role of director of onboarding and leadership transitions within the Global Leadership & Learning Institute. In this role, she oversaw the enterprise-wide onboarding strategy for all new Cleveland Clinic caregivers and leaders ranging from front line to C-suite. She assumed the role of director of Talent Management at Highmark Health in 2016, where she is responsible for the design and deployment of the talent strategy for all affiliated business units of the Highmark Health enterprise, including Allegheny Health Network.

Dr. Klar enjoys collaborating with others to identify innovative methods and best practices for growing, developing and engaging today’s diverse workforce. She is a certified professional in learning and performance with the Association for Talent Development. She holds a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University with an emphasis in management education, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She conducted doctoral research on learning style differences among today’s multigenerational workforce.

Leonard A. Mermel, DO, ScM, AM (Hon), FSHEA, FIDSA, FACP 
Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Medical Director, Dept. of Epidemiology & Infection Control, Rhode Island Hospital; Adjunct Clinical Professor, University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy

Leonard A. Mermel, DO, ScM, AM (Hon), FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA is Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Adjunct Clinical Professor, University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and Medical Director, Dept. of Epidemiology & Infection Control, Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Mermel was a Technical Expert Panel Member of the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System, US Dept. of Health and Human Services. He was the 2005 President of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the 2014 SHEA Mentor Scholar Award recipient which honors individuals who are recognized for their dedication and excellence in mentoring trainees in infection prevention and control. He is the 2016 recipient of The Milton W. Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award from the Rhode Island Hospital Medical Staff Association for a physician who has made exceptional contributions to medicine, medical education and research; who has demonstrated leadership; and who has been an exemplary role model. He is a past recipient of the Ralph A. Kinsella, Sr. Memorial Tribute Award from St. Louis University Hospitals for outstanding qualities of work, leadership, and ability as a house staff officer, the SHEA Young Investigator Award, the Brown Medical School Department of Medicine Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, Brown Medical School Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Brown Medical School Certificate of Recognition for Exemplary Teaching. Dr. Mermel is also an elected member of Delta Omega, the Honorary Public Health Society. He has been repeatedly selected by his peers to be included as one of The Best of Rhode Island – Infectious Diseases Physician, Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Consumers’ Checkbook’s Top Doctors, US News & World Report Top Doctors, The Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors, Guide to America’s Top Physicians, The Leading Physicians of the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science & Engineering. On his June 15, 2016 birthday, Dr. Mermel received a Senate Citation from the Rhode Island Senate, Certificate of Special Recognition from the Rhode Island Governor, and a Resolution was passed by the Rhode Island House of Representatives observing that day as ‘Dr. Leonard Alan Mermel Day’ in the state of Rhode Island. Dr. Mermel has co-authored US guidelines dealing with prevention and management of intravascular catheter infections and he has authored or co-authored over 300 articles, textbook chapters, and abstracts dealing with infection control and infectious diseases. Dr. Mermel and Dr. David Classen together developed the idea for the Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals which is now a standard guidance used in the United States and the basis for some of the National Patient Safety Goals. He is Co-Course Director of the Annual Fellows Course in Hospital Epidemiology & Infection Control. He has lectured at the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Medicine, NASA Johnson Space Center, and internationally on infectious disease issues. His research interest is the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.

Tommie Murray, MSA, BSN, RN, CJCP
Continuous Service Readiness, CSR  Consultant

Ms. Tommie Murray has more than 20 years of experience in various leadership roles in clinical and administrative settings. These have included Vice President for Quality and Systems Improvement, Chief Nursing Officer, and Director of Operations. Prior to joining the Joint Commission Resources (JCR) as a Continuous Service Readiness Consultant, Ms. Murry was the Vice President of Quality for a health system in an academic network. This position included Regulatory Readiness, Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, Infection Prevention, Risk Management and Medical Staff Services.  She was instrumental in creating and sustaining organizational cultures for both quality and patient safety which led to successful surveys during her career. Ms. Murry was mentor and preceptor for multiple students in Nursing and in Health Care Leadership due to her passion of sharing knowledge, expertise, and experiences. She has led process changes and outcome improvement programs in each role served through the involvement of senior leadership, physicians, front-line nursing and ancillary staff. She has been responsible for hospital-wide emergency preparedness, and has been a keynote speaker describing how emergency preparedness successfully evacuated a Psychiatric Hospital during Hurricane Irene.


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