The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has awarded Patricia Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN a Distinguished Scientist Award for her work as a health policy expert. Stone is the Centennial Professor in health policy and director of the Center for Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, 2017 APIC President tells Nursing.Columbia.edu, “Dr. Stone’s research has increased our understanding of the infection control structures and practices that are needed to prevent healthcare-associated infections, and importantly, has informed national policies and guidelines aimed at preventing patient harm. APIC is very proud to honor her in this way.”

Stone’s research focuses on the impact of organizational factors and processes of care on patient safety outcomes and healthcare-associated infections. She is considered an expert in cost-effectiveness analysis and has applied her economic knowledge to help quantify financial and personal costs associated with reducing infections. One of few nurse researchers who understands these comparative and economic evaluations in preventing healthcare-associated infections, she has served as principal investigator on several federal grants to conduct national studies informing effective healthcare policy and practice.

The APIC’s Distinguished Scientist Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science of infection prevention and control, and will be presented at the APIC’s 44th annual conference. To learn more about Dr. Stone’s research, visit here.

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