What is it like to pursue the APIC® Program of Distinction?

What is it like to pursue the APIC® Program of Distinction?

For the summer issue of Prevention Strategist, staff sat down with Mary McFadden, RN, MHA, CIC, FAPIC, former director of Infection Prevention at APIC Program of Distinction designee MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Jan Frain, RN, CIC, CPHRM, past president of the APIC Board of Directors (2008), clinical subject expert for the APIC Program of Distinction Core Development Team, and member of the APIC Program of Distinction Assessment Team, to discuss the application and assessment process.

Mary McFadden, RN, MHA, CIC, FAPIC, former director of Infection Prevention at APIC Program of Distinction designee MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

We asked Mary how she got buy-in from leadership to participate in the Program of Distinction and how the infection prevention team prepared their application.

Approaching my C-suite was the easiest part. I ran the program by the CMO/VP of medical affairs– explaining the program and what it entailed, and how much it would cost. I explained why we wanted to pursue the Program of Distinction. She put some thought into it and said yes. She knows that infection prevention is a major part of quality and patient safety at our hospital. It’s incorporated into all facets at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital She knew the infection prevention team and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital were ready.

We spent a long time preparing – we made a detailed plan as a group to prepare ourselves – we worked closely with APIC Program of Distinction staff to outline all the necessary steps. We reviewed all the APIC® Program of Distinction Standards of Excellence for Infection Prevention and Control, and we made sure we had all of the required documents. We held several department meetings, looking at the Standards, and reviewing our policies, procedures, charters, and meeting minutes to see how it compared to the Standards.
Georgetown was already a magnet facility, so the team was accustomed to pulling documents, creating stories, and making sure that we were addressing the requirements.
It took a while to get everything together and make sure that we were providing the most robust information that we could, but it was worth the effort.

See the full interview the summer edition of Prevention Strategist.

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