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Michigan Infection Preventionist Receives Carole Demille Award for Outstanding Service, Contribution to Profession
Date:4/20/2009

WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC, of Ann Arbor, Michigan has been named the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). APIC presents the annual award to an infection preventionist who best exemplifies the ideals of Carole DeMille, a pioneer in infection control. The award will be presented at the APIC 36th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting, June 7-11 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

"We are proud to honor Russ with this award," said Christine J. Nutty, RN, MSN, CIC, APIC 2009 President. "He is an innovator in infection prevention and an advocate of patient and worker safety at the local, state, national and international level. Russ exemplifies and practices the principles epitomized by Carole DeMille -- professionalism, expertise, contribution to enhancement of infection prevention, mentorship skills, and a level of productivity in research that benefits our entire profession."

An infection preventionist for more than 26 years, Olmsted is epidemiologist in Infection Control Services for St. Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) in Ann Arbor, Michigan; a member of a national Catholic healthcare network, Trinity Health, headquartered in Novi, MI. Since November of 2006, Olmsted has been a member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). He also chaired the External Peer Review Panel of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), and served as the editor of the NHSN Panel Proceedings and Final Recommendations in 2008. With backgrounds in biology/microbiology and healthcare epidemiology, he has developed interest in the impact of environment of care on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and is representing APIC on the Facility Guidelines Institute's Healthcare Gu
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