Congratulations to Penny Wright, RN, BSN, CIC. Penny is the Three Rivers/Pittsburgh APIC chapter recipient of the 2014 Chapter Leadership Award. Penny will be recognized at the 2014 APIC Conference in Anaheim , California for her achievement in developing members and advancing APIC. We admire Penny’s dedication to her profession and to APIC.
Penny has been working in the field of Infection Prevention since 1987. She has been an APIC member for 24 years, as well as a member of our Three Rivers/Pittsburgh APIC , (TRAPIC) , chapter. She has been very active in our TRAPIC chapter and volunteers much of her time to our chapter. Penny served as the Annual Educational Conference co-chairperson in 2007 and chairperson in 2008 and 2009. Penny was responsible for coordinating the conference, secured speakers known nationally in Infection Prevention, arranged the logistics of the event and promoted the event to infection prevention professionals, as well as coordinated a vendor display for the event. The format that Penny designed for our annual educational conference has been maintained for subsequent conferences and Penny has mentored other members who have followed her as Annual Educational Conference Chairpersons.
Penny served as TRAPIC president in 2011 . During 2012, as Past-President of our chapter, Penny led a committee for International Infection Prevention week to heighten the awareness of the role of Infection Preventionist in the Pittsburgh area and secured several radio spots to educate the public on the importance of the role of Infection Preventionist in healthcare. In 2013, Penny was a key member of a committee formed to update our TRAPIC website, in order to provide our members and potential members with important infection prevention information.
Penny’s experience as a nurse in the areas of obstetrics /gynecology and infusion therapy and also her extensive experience in all areas of infection prevention at Monongahela Valley Hospital, a community hospital in Western Pennsylvania, where she is employed, have provided her a wealth of knowledge .
Penny received the APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention award in 2006.