IPAC Southwestern Ontario (IPAC SWO)
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Beginning in 1981 as a network of four hospitals, IPAC Southwestern Ontario chapter now provides support to 145 members with geographic boundaries that spread to three LHIN regions.
The IPAC-SWO Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence 2017
Congratulations to this years winner - Rosemarie Howie!
The purpose of this award is to recognize an IPAC-SWO member who has made outstanding contributions to the practice of Infection Control.
Rose completed an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Guelph; and a PhD in Medical Microbiology with a research focus in cleaning, disinfection and sterilization at the University of Manitoba. She has worked in industry, government and in the university setting.
Rose is an IPAC-SWO Chapter member and was CIC certified in 2013. Currently she is an Infection Control Professional at London Health Sciences Centre and has worked in Infection Control for eight years and as interim Manager, Environmental & Support Services.
As an ICP, Rose is committed to developing and implementing an environment and culture of safety based on science and best practice guidelines as evidenced in: creating partnerships with internal clinical leadership, staff and external organizations including peer facilities, MLHU, PHO, IPAC Canada; participating in and being co-leader for the LHSC Infection Safety Champion program; development of IPAC policies, protocols, and processes internally, city-wide and on national committees; serving as a consultant to Environmental Services and Medical Device Reprocessing to review current and novel cleaning/disinfectant products and technologies; establishing and standardizing cleaning and reprocessing protocols and developing an enhanced quality assurance program with structured, objective evaluation and ongoing monitoring by trained staff to: follow hospital hygiene trends and develop and disseminate sound evidence for continual quality improvement.
Whenever possible Rose has taken the opportunity to attend and present at Infection Control conferences including IPAC Canada, APIC and locally at IPAC-SWO.
Rosemarie is a researcher and the list of her research studies and projects is truly prolific. The list of her published peer reviewed IPAC articles highlights how important it is to gain and share groundbreaking information to fill gaps in IPAC knowledge. Her most recent research studies have emphasized the need for effective cleaning and disinfection in health care settings to prevent pathogen transmission.
Congratulations to Rosemarie Howie!
Visit the Betty Bannerman Award Recipients Page to see our past recipients.
Next IPAC-SWO Chapter Meeting - TBA
See our IPAC SWO Chapter Meetings webpage for further information.
Please mark your calendars for the 2018 IPAC-SWO Workshop - April 27, 2018
For information on the 2017 Workshop, "My Future is so Bright, I Gotta Wear PPE" - please visit: May 5th Education Day