Long-Term Care

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

3609 - Evaluating Infection Prevention Programs in Long-Term Care Settings

Friday, June 16
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, B 110-112

This session will provide an overview of CDC’s approach to strengthening infection prevention programs in nursing homes and other long-term care settings and highlight the lessons learned by state and local health departments which are providing technical expertise and education during on-site assessments of current infection prevention practices.

Learning Objectives:

Vicki Keller

HAI Liaison Program Coordinator
California Department of Public Health
Simi Valley, California

Vicki is certified in infection control (CIC), with a 30 year nursing background in infection prevention, trauma, and critical care nursing. With a Master’s degree in nursing education, she has experience as a nursing school instructor for emergency nursing, critical care and advanced medical surgical nursing.
Vicki is currently the Healthcare Associated Infections Liaison Program Coordinator for the California Department of Public Health. She leads a team of Liaison Infection Preventionists who provide assesssments and consultation for acute care hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis clinics and ambulatory surgery centers, throughout the state.


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Pat Kopp

Infection Preventionist
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Taylors, South Carolina

Pat Kopp. BSMT(ASCP), CIC is an Infection Preventionist in the Heathcare-Associated Infections Section of the Division of Acute Disease Epidemiology at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Pat graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. She has over 19 years experience in Infectious Diseases/Infection Prevention and 5 years experience in Clinical Microbiology. She is co-author on several published antibiotic research articles. She is also a co-author on a ventilator associated event poster presented at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists in 2015, and two healthcare associated outbreak posters presented at the national Society for Healthcare Epidemiology conference 2017. Her current project is working on the CDC Infection Control and Response (ICAR) program.
She became certified in Infection Control and prevention in 2011. Pat currently serves as the Upstate Director for APIC Palmetto.


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Bola Ogundimu

Infection Preventionist/Health Scientist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia

Abimbola Ogundimu, DrPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ is a certified Infection Preventionist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), Prevention and Response Branch. In this role, she provides consultation and technical assistance for infection prevention and control, develops guidelines, educational resources and quality improvement programs to promote infection prevention and surveillance activities in long-term care settings. She also serves as a subject matter expert for clinical inquiries related to infection control outbreaks in long-term care settings. She participates in state-based and national initiatives that support long-term care facilities in infection prevention activities and continues to raise awareness of the importance of including long-term care providers in strategies targeted at reducing healthcare-associated infections.


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Nimalie Stone

Medical Epidemiologist for Long-term Care
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Nimalie Stone, PhD, is the medical epidemiologist for long-term care in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the CDC. She is a board-certified infectious disease physician who has a research and clinical background in managing infections and antibiotic-resistant pathogens in post-acute and long-term care settings. She has been the principal investigator of a number of national studies examining how best to structure infection prevention and control departments to decrease healthcare-associated infections. She completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University, followed by an infectious disease fellowship at Emory University.


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Jessica Silvaggio

Infection Preventionist
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Jessica Silvaggio is an infection preventionist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She previously worked as an applied epidemiology fellow with the CDC and CSTE, focusing on infectious diseases and healthcare-associated infections in Los Angeles County. During her two-year CDC/CSTE fellowship, she was deployed to work at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia to support the Ebola response, participated in multistate outbreaks, helped create the 2013 Los Angeles County antibiogram (providing a snapshot of resistance to antibiotics countywide), co-led epidemiologic responses in hospital outbreaks, performed cost benefit analysis studies, and conducted research to explore the implications of the health officer order mandating influenza vaccination among healthcare workers. Jessica is interested in multidrug-resistant organisms in healthcare settings, emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, and emergency preparedness. She serves as an active board member as the chapter legislative representative for California APIC and as communications chair for the APIC Greater Los Angeles chapter.


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