GRAHAM, TX – June, 2015. Congratulations to Diann Grissom, Director of Infection Prevention, Employee Health and Quality Management at Graham Regional Medical Center, on being selected as a 2015 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) award recipient.
Distinction, credibility and prestige are just three of the benefits to being an APIC Award recipient. APIC recognizes dedicated professionals who significantly advance patient safety and the science of infection prevention. APIC offers a unique opportunity to celebrate exceptional teams and individuals, as well as opportunities for networking and exposure.
Diann has been an active member of the APIC DFW Chapter since 2000 and is a tremendous asset to their chapter in many ways, most recently serving in the office of Treasurer. In the 3 1/2 years that she has held this position, many process improvements have been made, such as transitioning the chapter to almost exclusive use of electronic banking. She ensures timely reimbursement for expenses. She keeps abreast of all regulatory requirements and has established a close working relationship with the national APIC treasurer. Finally, she maintains very organized and thorough financial records for their chapter and has been a key player in their goal of maintaining a balanced budget. She received an APIC DFW Star Award in 2013 and was also named as a “Who’s Who in Infection Prevention” by Infection Control Today in 2014.
In addition to leading various quality improvement endeavors within her facility, she loves to promote infection prevention in her community. She has provided introductory and information in-services on infection prevention and control, as well as, additional training on the topics of resistant organisms and environmental cleaning to schools and other facilities. She has also enjoyed participating in a program for young parents; she emphasizes vaccine preventable diseases (and the importance of vaccines), infection prevention in the home, antibiotic stewardship and hand hygiene among other topics of interest. Throughout her career, Diann also created a fun infection prevention program for children in the school system, focusing on how to prevent the spread of infection (via hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, etc.), and each child received a certificate of completion when they completed the course.
APIC DFW Board of Directors stated the following in Diann’s letter of recommendation, “Diann’s enthusiasm and dedication to the prevention of infection is evidenced by her positive and friendly attitude and her never-ending creativity and passion, both within APIC DFW and in her community. She is always willing to give of her time and energy to help our chapter or her home town.”
Grissom was recognized for her achievements in developing members and advancing APIC during the 2015 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.