Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Thanks Jenn!

As we alluded to previously, the inaugural IDWeek was a success.

Sadly, one of the people instrumental in making it a success is leaving the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). As Executive Director, Jennifer Bright, MPA, has led SHEA through a period of unprecedented growth. 

A partial list of SHEA milestones under her direction were outlined in the e-mail announcement of her departure, and include: (1) successful introduction of a new SHEA Spring educational and research conference, (2) the inaugural IDWeek, (3) establishment of the SHEA Education and Research Foundation, (4) establishment of the SHEA Research Network, (5) introduction of the Antimicrobial Stewardship in Practice online course, (6) development and implementation of regional HAI training courses, (7) successful ACCME reaccreditation, (8) the SHEA International Ambassador Program, (9) roll-out of the SHEA young investigator epi-project competition and awards, (10) partnership with Medscape, (11) several years of increasingly successful annual meetings, including the 5th Decennial International Conference on HAIs, and (12) a steady increase in SHEA membership. 

In our opinion, Jenn was the most successful executive director in SHEA’s history. We will miss her personally, and SHEA will miss her guidance. Good luck in the future, Jenn!

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