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Sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapters of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:00 AM - Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

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Infection Prevention - Professionalism, Collaboration, Education

May 4-5th, 2017

Seminar Description and Goal

This is an annual regional event for Infection Preventionists and our partners. This event brings us together and allows us to connect with one another and share ideas.

Our program goal this year was to focus on the new APIC professional and practice standards and discover how it will shape our scope of practice, including our levels of competency.

  • We need to be able to demonstrate competency not only through successful attainment of certification in infection control and prevention but also expanding our professional practice to include addressing today’s serious health threats and anticipating those in the future.
  • A competent professional in our field takes action to protect our finite resources and along with our patients/residents from harm.
  • We do this through collaboration with our partners in developing antibiotic stewardship programs
    (ASP) to reduce our patient’s risk of developing Clostridium difficile infection or carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infection from improperly cleaned endoscopes.
  • Infection preventionists now need to be aware of evolving CMS regulations and health alerts from CDC related to ASP, CRE reporting to NHSN, and oversight of instrument processing, including endoscopes. 
  • The framework provided in the new APIC professional and practice standards provides the infection preventionists with a succinct set of precepts to address our ever expanding and evolving professional role.

Registration and Payment

We will ONLY accept online registration for this event. You will still have the option to pay by check or you can use your credit cards.Registration deadline is Monday, May 1st, 2017.


Cancellation Policy

All requests for cancellations must be made in writing and received by Monday, May 1st, 2017.


Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms has been reserved at a special seminar rate of $119 plus tax per night for the deluxe single or double. Contact Country Springs Hotel directly for room reservations. Please call 800-247-6640 or 262-547-0201. This special rate is available through April 14, 2017.


Contact Hours

  • This activity has been submitted to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center for approval to award contact hours. The number of contact hours granted will depend upon sessions attended and return of the completed evaluation form. A Certificate of Attendance will be presented at the end of the program after completing the on-line evaluation for each session. This program will award up to 8.75 nursing contact hours.
  • Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Abstracts (submission deadline April 14, 2017)

To submit an abstract/poster, contact Misty Kleist at 715-748-8885 or The Abstract description and application can be found on the Badger APIC website.

Applications will be accepted for both oral and written presentations. Deadline for submission of request for

  • Oral only - April 14, 2017, 11:59 pm
  • Either Oral or Poster - April 14, 2017, 11:59 pm
  • Poster only - April 21, 2017, 11:59 pm



There will be a silent auction that will begin Thursday and conclude Friday afternoon.

The proceeds benefit charities in Wisconsin and abroad. Each of the four APIC chapters in Wisconsin  select one non-profit organization to support with their share of the funds. Items up for auction include: Jewelry, theme baskets, art, home, garden and beauty items, and much, much more!  If you or your facility would like to donate an item to this fundraiser, please contact Jeanine Bresnahan at 715-847-2330 or by April 28, 2017.


CIC Prep Group

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 2:00-4:00PM - Woodfield C-D. Individuals will be gathering to share their experiences related to the structure of the exam and how to best prepare to take the CIC exam. There is no charge to participate, but it will help us prepare to know who is coming. People can attend the Prep group even if they have not registered. For more information and to register, contact Diane Dohm at If you have questions, please contact Diane at 608-441-8263.


Vendor Exhibits

Vendor commitment is requested after the program if finalized.

Vendor registration instructions and instructions for the date of the seminar are located on the Badger APIC website.

For vendor registration questions, please contact  Nancy Riederer at Phone: 262-785-2203 or



Michelle (Chellie) DeVries is an experienced Infection Control Consultant and Manager. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology and is board certified in Infection Control. She has presented at both national and international conferences on healthcare and has published her work in journals such as Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the American Journal of Infection Control, and the SGH (Singapore General Hospital) Proceedings and has authored several articles regarding Peripheral IV bloodstream infections.  Michelle DeVries is a paid consultant of Ethicon US, LLC and her honorarium and expenses are provided by Ethicon.


Ruth M. Carrico PhD RN FSHEA CIC is an Associate Professor with the University of Louisville School of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Carrico has received training specific for healthcare epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Dr. Carrico has authored or co-authored numerous peer reviewed manuscripts and served as the editor for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) 2005, 2009 and 2010 electronic version of the Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, the primary textbook for infection preventionists used worldwide.   Dr. Carrico has also served on the APIC National Board of Directors.   As part of her work as an infection preventionist, Dr. Carrico has worked with acute care hospitals, long term care
facilities, outpatient surgery centers and clinics, and physician and dental offices. In 2008, Dr. Carrico was appointed to the National Biosurveillance Subcommittee (NBS) Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2010 became a SHEA Fellow. In 2011, Dr. Carrico was appointed by Secretary Sebelius to the
Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) for a three year term. Also in 2011, Dr. Carrico was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow for the 2011-2014 cohort. In 2014, Dr. Carrico became the Associate Founding Director of the University of Louisville School of Medicine's Global Health Initiative. In 2015, she completed an extended term on the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and in 2016 she was the president of Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC®), a voluntary autonomous multidisciplinary board that provides direction for and administers the certification process for professionals in infection control and applied epidemiology.


Barbara DeBaun, RN, MSN, CIC has over 35 years of experience in the field of infection prevention and quality improvement. She is currently an improvement advisor for Cynosure Health. In this role, she provides vision and leadership in the development, implementation and facilitation of performance improvement initiatives for healthcare organizations. Previously, she was an improvement advisor for BEACON, the Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative, and was the director of patient safety and infection control at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She is currently adjunct faculty at Dominican University of California. Ms. DeBaun earned a BSN from Pace University and MSN from San Francisco State University. She is a Certified Infection Control Practitioner.

Barbara is an active member of APIC having served as the chair of the 2012 APIC Annual Conference Committee and as a member of the APIC Education Committee and the APIC Practice Guidance Council. She served on the Board of Directors from 2013-2015. She is the APIC liaison to the CDC’s Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and is an APIC EPI 101 faculty member. Barb is also a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). She has lectured both nationally and internationally on a variety of patient safety and infection control topics and has published over a dozen articles and several book chapters. In 2008, she was selected as Infection Control Today's Educator of the Year.


Denise Graham, BS, DDG Associates, LLC, career spans 20+ years of experience in the field of government relations, of which most were devoted to healthcare issues. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Her experience includes that of Executive Director to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control; political affairs coordinator and lobbyist for the Connecticut State Medical Society, and more recently, executive director for the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is also the founder and principle owner of DDG Associates, LLC, a public health and government relations consulting firm with emphasis on infection prevention and control. Denise Graham led a clinical focus group which resulted in a white paper published in AJIC on collaboration between the Infection Preventionist and Laboratory. This project was funded by Cepheid. Her primary focus on the government relations initiatives since the public reporting of healthcare-associated infections was in the forefront with a number of stakeholders including the Consumers Union. Included in her time spent at APIC, she worked closely with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the development of the HAI Action Plan thereby enabling me the opportunity to work closely with key members of the CDC in utilizing NHSN as the reporting mechanism.

Her interaction with policymakers on Capitol Hill, in the interest of providing legislative relations within her various professional positions, plays a crucial role in her success. Ms. Graham’s insights into the healthcare industry and its impact on the organizations she has represented have been the subject of many national and international presentations. She has also authored numerous chapters within professional journals, outlining areas impacting the infection prevention profession.

She has initiated and implemented numerous innovative programs for the various organizations in which she’s held management positions, along with having established long-range strategic plans and vision statements for many of these corporations.


Cynthia Spry, RN, holds both MA and MS degrees in Education & Nursing and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of surgical services with a focus on sterilization and
disinfection. She is now an independent consultant specializing in processing instruments used in surgery. She consults in both ambulatory and hospital based facilities. She also provides consultation to a number of well know companies that sell products aimed at the sterile processing market. She retired from Advanced Sterilization Products, a Johnson & Johnson company, where she worked for 12 years as an international consultant in sterilization and disinfection with responsibility for introducing new sterilization technology and for raising the standards of practice to prevent surgical site infection. Cynthia is a member of APIC, IAHCSMM and AORN where she was a past national president. She has
authored over 75 publications, two nursing texts, and was lead author for three AORN evidence-based guidelines. She has presented seminars on many healthcare related topics across the world. Cynthia is also a member of several AAMI Working Groups writing and updating recommended practices. She is the co-chair of the committee responsible
for the ST79 Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance
in Health Care Facilities. ST79 is recognized as the steam sterilization standard for the United States. Her
honorarium and expenses for this symposium are provided by 3M.


Heather Wavra, RN, BSN is employed by State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services as an Infection Preventionist/Epidemiologist. She received her BSN in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, Chicago, IL. She has 19 years of long term care
experience including working as a CNA and then a nurse in long term care
facility (LTCF). She has extensive experience with managing outbreaks in a LTCF. In addition to working as a floor nurse, she worked as a Medicare Manager, Staff Development Coordinator, IP, CPR Instructor, Interim DON, MDS Coordinator, and Work Comp RN. She recently handled an eight-week long Rotavirus outbreak in a LTCF and received no citations from state surveyors regarding the handling of the situation. She now works as an Infection Preventionist and Epidemiologist for the State of WI in the HAI Prevention Program.


Corrianne Billings, BSN, BS, RN, CIC is employed as the manager of Infection Prevention Surveillance and Data Analytics at Mission Health System in Asheville, NC. Corrianne considers herself to be early in the proficient stage of the APIC Competency Model and
aspires to one day have FAPIC status. Prior to working in Infection Prevention, she was a bedside nurse working with patients with stroke, brain injury, and other neurological injury. Corrianne is active in her local APIC chapter, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses regional chapter, and is the Chair of the APIC Professional Development Committee. While she enjoys all aspects of Infection Prevention, her specific interests include education, policy, data management and informatics. As a member of the APIC Professional Development Committee for three years and current Chair since Jan 2016, she has been immersed in the professional development of APIC members. She is a co-author of the APIC Professional and Practice Standards and has presented on this topic twice at APIC annual conference as well as locally.


Anne Reeths RN, MS, CIC is an Infection Preventionist with Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI.  She received her BSN from Northern Michigan University and her Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Anne participated in the OSHA Graduate Nurse Internship Program, her project focused on researching the prevalence and risk of silica-tuberculosis. Her nursing career includes work in orthopedics, cardiac and intensive care. In 2009, Anne completed the Population-Based Infection Control and Environmental Safety (PICES) certificate program from Loyola University-Chicago. Anne considers herself to be in the proficient stage of the APIC Competency Model as she works towards becoming an APIC Fellow. Anne is an active member of her local APIC Chapter, serving as past president. Anne is also a member of APIC’s Professional Development Committee.


Gwen Borlaug, CIC, MPH is the Coordinator of the Wisconsin Division of Public Health Healthcare-Associated Infections Prevention Program. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology from North Dakota State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.

Prior to joining DPH, Gwen was a hospital infection control practitioner and worked in both clinical and public health laboratories. Her current duties at DPH include providing direction for activities associated with the HAI Prevention Program and providing consultation to infection preventionists in a variety of healthcare settings. She is the DPH subject matter expert for MRSA, CRE, the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard, and safe injection practices.

Gwen is an active member of the Badger and Southeastern Wisconsin Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) chapters, is a past president of the Badger Chapter and a past member of the state APIC Conference Planning Committee. She was the 2010 recipient of the Badger Chapter Leadership Award and is a member of the DPH Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Team that won a 2010 national APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention Award.



A paper brochure may be printed at Badger APIC website.


Thursday, May 4th

0700am - 0745am     Registration


0745am - 0800am     Welcome & Announcements

Anna Marciniak, MT (ASCP)


0800am - 0900am     Competent Practice: Demonstration Through Learning, Practice, and Certification

Ruth Carrico PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC

Navigating the ever-changing pathway of sustained practice competence is a challenge faced by all Infection Preventionists.  Changes in standards and regulations, new knowledge that results from ongoing research, and translation of research into feasible and sustainable practice are obstacles that most of us address on a daily basis.  This session will focus on methods an Infection Preventionist may use as personal and professional development plans are crafted with a goal of ongoing demonstration of competence. 


0900am - 1000am     C. difficile: "Stubborn and Unreasonable"

Barbara DeBaun, RN, MSN, CIC

C. difficile infection (CDI) remains an urgent threat in the US and is a major healthcare-associated infection challenge. This session will provide an overview of what is currently known about CDI including etiology, epidemiology, clinical testing and infection prevention strategies.


1000am - 1015am     Break


1015am - 1115am     The Value of Collaboration Against HAIs

Denise Graham, BS, DDG Associates, LLC

Infection preventionists are expected to provide knowledge, guidance and perform routine risk assessments in infection prevention and control in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team as appropriate. It is hoped that at the end of the this presentation the attendee will be able to collaborate with departments, disciplines, and organizations to implement into practice pertinent regulatory requirements. A particular focus will be placed on the new CMS and Joint Commission antimicrobial stewardship standards.


1115am - 0145pm     Box Lunch/Vendor Exhibits/Break Out Sessions


1130am - 1215pm     Session #1 -

Endoscopes: Increasing the Probability of Delivering a Truly Patient-Ready Flexible GI Endoscope

Cynthia Spry, MA, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CSPDT Consultant

Inadequately processed flexible endoscopes have been responsible for patient infections and in some cases, patient death. Understanding the challenges associated with processing flexible endoscopes is ongoin and much is unknown. This program will highlight the challenges related to endoscope processing and provide the most current information on how to mitigate the possibility of a scope not being truly patient-ready after reprocessing.


1245pm - 0130pm     Session #2 - Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Facilities

Heather Wavra, RN, BSN

Nursing homes are regulated under Chapter DHS 132, Wisconsin Administrative Code (link is external) and under the federal regulations at 42 Code of Federal Regulations 483 Subpart B. The Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) conducts unannounced surveys in Wisconsin nursing homes to ensure that each facility meets the necessary requirements for state licensure and if applicable for federal Medicare and/or Medicaid certification. Many long term care facilities will have at least one deficiency. Learn about the most common reportable outbreaks (as regulated under Chapter DHS 145 and Wisconsin State Statute 252) and associated deficiencies so that corrective action may be taken before the next unannounced surveys.


0145pm - 0245pm     Practice Made Perfect: Professional Development for the Infection Preventionist through Application of APIC Resources and Tools

Anne Reeths, RN, MS, CIC and Corrianne Billings, RN, BSN, BS

In this session we will describe the current scope practice of the infection prevention and control professional. We will show how to turn APIC resources such as the Professional and Practice Standards, Competency Model and Novice Roadmap into competencies and evaluation criteria as well as introduce novel application strategies.


0245pm - 0300pm     Break


0300pm - 0400pm     Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae: A Collaborative Approach to Detection and Response

Gwen Borlaug, CIC, MPH

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are emerging multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) of epidemiologic importance in healthcare settings. To help prevent further emergence and transmission among healthcare facilities, the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) initiated mandatory CRE reporting among hospitals during 2011 and among long-term care facilities during 2016. CRE isolates are submitted to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (SLH) to undergo testing for carbapenemase production, and all carbapenemase-positive (CP-CRE) isolates are reportable to DPH via the National Healthcare Safety Network. Patients identified with CP-CRE should be managed according to the recommendations outlined in the DPH CRE toolkits for hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. CRE detection and response requires a collaborative effort among DPH, SLH, clinical laboratories and infection preventionists in multiple healthcare settings.


0415pm - 0600pm     Reception/Poster Presentations/Silent Auction/Wine and Cheese Social



Friday, May 5th

0700am - 0745am     Continental Breakfast


0745am - 0800am     Announcements

Anna Marciniak, MT, (ASCP)


0800am - 0900am     Implications of the CDC HAN 00383 Alert: How Should You Respond?

Cynthia Spry, MA, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CSPDT Consultant

Recent infection control lapses in reprocessing of medical devices due to non-compliance with recognized guidelines and manufacturers' instructions for use prompted the CDC to issue a health alert advising a review of processing practices within healthcare facilities. This program will provide examples of common breaches and will discuss developing a plan of action to identify and implement changes with the goal of meeting best practice guidelines.


0900am - 1000am     Journey to Clinical Indication: Time to Move the Needle

Michelle (Chellie) DeVries, BS, MPH, CIC

Identify risks associated with Peripheral Intravenous (PIC) Catheters. Discuss changes in standards and guidelines impacting practice. Explore the evolving practices in PIV management and risk reduction.


1000am - 1015am     Break


1015am - 1115am     Abstracts


1115am - 1215pm     Lunch & Silent Auction


1215pm - 1230pm     Announcement of Winners: Abstracts & Silent Auction Closure





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Country Springs Hotel - Water Park & Conference Center
2810 Golf Road
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:00 AM - Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

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Sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapters of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.

Special Thanks to the 2017 State Planning Committee Members:

  • Anna Marciniak-Aspirus Wausau Hospital
  • Nikki Mueller-Aspirus Wausau Hospital
  • Marilyn Michels-Gundersen Health System
  • Anne Reeths-Aurora Baycare Medical Center
  • Paul Thomas-Independent Consultant
  • Nancy Riederer-Ascension Wisconsin
  • Janelle Lauersdorf-Columbus Community Hospital
  • Diane Dohm-MetaStar Inc
  • Sarah Waby-Memorial Medical Center
  • Amy Johnson-HSHS Division-Eastern Wisconsin
  • Jeanine Bresnahan-Aspirus Wausau Hospital
  • Katelyn Harms-Unity Point Health - Meriter
  • Brenda Ehlert-Ascension Wisconsin
  • Gail Zavadsky-Aurora West Allis Medical Center
  • Jennifer Rettmann-Beaver Dam Community Hospital
  • Carrie Johnson-Froedtert Hospital
  • Sonia Rodiquez-St. Francis
  • Michelle Schmitz-UW Health University Hospital
  • Kayla Ericksen-Agnesian Healthcare
  • Kathy Beier-ThedaCare Medical Center
  • Carol Bess-Bellin Health System
  • Misty Kleist-Aspirus Medford Hosptial and Clinics
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