Photo: Hamilton Medical Center Antibiotic Stewardship Team members are pictured. In the front, from left, are Sherry Hillis, director of Infection Prevention; Laura Conger, MD; and Sandra McArthur, laboratory supervisor. In the back are James Sizemore, MD; Perri Correll, RN, infection control specialist; Stephen Rohn, MD, chief medical officer; Cathy Barbree, clinical director of HMC’s pharmacy; and Melinda Parkinson, pharmacist.
DALTON, Ga. (February 4, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Public Health in association with the Georgia Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee, has awarded Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) with membership in the Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship for Acute Care Hospitals.
The hospital provided an educational program in September 2015 that included physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses and laboratory technicians. The program was titled, “Rethinking Antimicrobial Stewardship: 2015 Update” and was presented by James Sizemore, MD, infectious disease specialist. The program included core concepts of antibiotic stewardship, information on the hospital’s current antibiotic stewardship program initiatives, and identification of educational resources.
Sizemore and Cathy Barbree, clinical director of HMC’s pharmacy, lead the Stewardship Team. Additional members include Perri Correll, RN, infection control specialist; Sherry Hillis, director of Infection Prevention; Sandra McArthur, laboratory supervisor; Mary Ellen McCanless, pharmacist; Melissa Jessee, pharmacist; Melinda Parkinson, pharmacist; and Jessica Whitley, pharmacist; Stephen Rohn, MD, chief medical officer; and Laura Conger, MD, Hospitalist Services.
Antibiotic resistance is a pressing health issue in the world today. The CDC estimates that each year at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria in the U.S. alone. The Stewardship Team works to continuously educate and monitor antibiotic use in order to provide optimal care to patients and help reduce the incidents of antibiotic misuse.