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Infection Prevention Nurse Honored with State Award

May 04, 2017

McCook, Neb.—Sharon Conroy, RN, BSN, CIC, Community Hospital’s infection prevention nurse, was recently honored with a state award as part of her work in infection prevention.

She received the APIC Distinguished Service Award for 2016 on March 26 in Omaha from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. The distinguished service award, the highest award given to an APIC member, was in recognition of Conroy’s leadership with efforts to provide statewide involvement in Greater Omaha APIC Chapter, her continuous involvement in Greater Omaha APIC leadership and her support in Greater Omaha APIC membership activities.

During the award presentation, Conroy was described as impeccable, exemplary, praiseworthy and humble. Several of the significant projects she has worked on at Community Hospital include:Sepsis Protocol, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Isolation policies and CAUTI, CLABSI and VAP policies.

In addition, she oversees the employee influenza vaccination program which underwent 100% participation last year. She is also strong in educating the community on various topics of disease prevention.

During the 2016 Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program visit to Community Hospital, surveyors noted an impressive antimicrobial stewardship program saying, “We believe that this site is a leader in the state, and we hope to reconnect with them for partnership in the future.”

Misti Soderlund, Community Hospital Director of Inpatient Services, said about her, “Sharon maintains a high set of standards and encourages others to achieve their personal best. She has an enthusiasm and energy for her role as Infection Control Coordinator at Community Hospital. She gives tirelessly to her research and dedication to improving outcomes, while giving staff the latest evidence-based information. She is an advocate of community health and wellness. Sharon is impeccable, exemplary, praiseworthy and humble. Sharon exemplifies the mission of Community Hospital.”

Conroy has worked at Community Hospital since 1990, has been the infection protection nurse since 2007 and is certified in Infection Control. She has also been a Greater Omaha APIC member since 2007 and is considered a mentor to other Critical Access Hospital members.

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