There is a collective sadness in the world of infection prevention. Teresa Horan, one of the true gems in our field, is retiring. Teresa has spent 28 years in the CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, joining the Hospital Infections Program in 1984. She started out as the Coordinator of the National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) System and over the past decade has led the transition from NNIS to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). She is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Among other individual and team awards, she has received the Carole DeMille Achievement Award and the Elaine Larson Lectureship from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Quoting from a CDC email, we agree that "her superb contributions to surveillance and prevention of healthcare-associated infection are singularly important to the field and an inspiration to her CDC colleagues, frontline infection preventionists, and other professionals working to improve patient safety throughout the United States and internationally." We will really miss working with Teresa and wish her a healthy and happy retirement!