HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is pleased to announce that Carol Vance BSN, CIC and Infection Prevention Manager for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been appointed to the National Education Committee for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) for a term of three years.
APIC is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 15,000 members. Their mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection through education.
The Education Committee, which includes 12 select members, is responsible for planning, developing and implementing educational courses (e.g., webinars) and programs that address identified educational needs related to infection prevention and control.
“On behalf of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, I am honored to have been selected to serve on this national committee, which strives to improve infection prevention education by teaching current and future IPs hot to utilize best practices and data for efficiency and improved outcomes,” noted Vance.
“We have a diverse group of infection preventionists from across the United States and Carol brings a broad range of infection prevention experience to our team, shared Lela Luper, RN CIC, APIC 2016 Education Committee Chair. “We are excited to have her volunteer her time and talents to further advance the mission and vision of infection prevention and control.”
Vance joined St. Elizabeth’s Infection Prevention team in October 2015 and since that time has been reinforcing best practices across the hospital, as well as building on this foundation for continued improvement for the future.
“St. Elizabeth’s is currently striving to be at the forefront of infection preventions standards. We are continually moving forward to create the safest environment possible for our patients and families and visitors,” shared Vance. “We want the members of our community and region to know that they can trust St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to keep them safe as evidenced by our quality and safety awards including an ‘A’ Rating in patient Safety from the Leagfrog Group.”
Since her appointment to the National Education Committee, Vance has lead a national educational webinar regarding a program to decrease Central line Associated Infections and Catheter Associated Urinary tract infections. She also is featured in the spring edition of Infection Preventionist magazine, and has been selected for a poster presentation at the 43nd Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Annual Conference in June.
Vance received her BSN and RN with a minor in Human Resource Management from California State University Long Beach. She received certification in Infection Control in 2014 and is working on an MSN with emphasis in Leadership from Webster University. She has 13 years of nursing experience in the areas of critical care, infection prevention, diabetes education and kidney transplant and also serves on the local APIC Board for the Greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois Chapters.
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.