Dr. Arduino began his career as a Public health microbiologist working for the Westchester County Department of Labs and Research (NY) before becoming a lead microbiologist at the Westchester County Medical Center where he stayed for two years before returning to graduate school for his doctorate degree. Dr. Arduino Joined the what is now the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion in January of 1988 and began in his career at CDC in the Hospital Environment Laboratory Branch. His work focus on the role of the physical healthcare environment on the transmission of healthcare-associated infections and conducting outbreak investigations. His current role is Sr Advisor for Environmental Hygiene and Infection Prevention.
He has served on a number of Committees including AAMI End Stage Renal Disease and Detoxification Committee; ASHRAE SPC514 Minimizing Risk of Disease, Injury Associated with Building Water Systems; Chair, FDA General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel, FDA, CDRH (2011-14); Consultant: FDA General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel, Gastroenterology and Urological Devices Panel, Circulatory Devices Panel (CDRH); Blood Products Advisory Panel (CBER): Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee (NDAC; CDER) regarding antimicrobial hand washes, bodywashes, antimicrobial hand sanitizers, antiseptics, etc.
He serves on the editorial Applied and Environmental Microbiology, International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, International Journal of Infectious Diseases and is an adhoc reviewer for the American Journal of Infection Control, American Journal of Kidney Disease, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Clinical Journal of the American Society for Nephrology, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Journal of the American Society for Nephrology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of the American Water Works Association, Journal of Applied Microbiology, Journal of Microbial Methods, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, Journal of Hospital Infections, Kidney International, Medscape Infectious Diseases, New England Journal of Medicine, Water South Africa
Author and co-author of 149 papers, 10 book chapters, 3 training manuals, Contributor to: 21 MMWR reports
Annie Belde holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Professional Project Manager. In her current role as a Quality Improvement Specialist at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota she supports the Inpatient Service line by partnering with leaders to improve operations and clinical quality through project management, initiative support and process improvement at a department, process and individual level.
Judie Bringhurst, MSN, RN, CIC is a certified infection preventionist specializing in outpatient infection prevention and instrument reprocessing for the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She received her BSN from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and her MSN from Duke University School of Nursing. She served a three-year appointment to the Association for Professionals in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology’s (APIC’s) annual conference committee representing outpatient care challenges and special needs. She served as faculty for APIC’s “Infection Prevention for Ambulatory Surgery Centers” course and was a reviewer for the ambulatory chapter in the APIC text. She is co-editor for APIC’s new Outpatient Infection Prevention text and workbook. She is certified by the State of North Carolina as a provider of North Carolina's regulatory infection prevention training for physician practices and dental offices. Invited to speak at conferences across America on outpatient infection prevention and instrument reprocessing she also publishes on topics related to instrument reprocessing, hand hygiene, and outbreak investigations with a special focus on outpatient care facilities. She has been an infection preventionist for 18 years.
Megan Crosser is a board-certified Infection Preventionist, with 20 years of experience in healthcare, and over half of that focused on Infection Prevention. Megan has served as the Infection Preventionist in a variety of healthcare settings and now focuses her time serving as the Director of Infection Prevention at Nod Specialists where she supports all types of healthcare institutions through consulting. Megan is originally from Illinois where she attended University of Illinois-Chicago for her undergraduate degree and Benedictine University for graduate studies, completing a Masters in Public Health. In her free time, Megan loves being with her husband and two very active little kids swimming and spending time outdoors.
Jill Manuola MSN, RN-BC is the High Level Disinfection and Sterilization Program Manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has spent the last 2 years planning, implementing, and evaluating the HLD/S Program for CHOP. Jill is a master’s prepared nurse with previous Operating Room experience and 8 years working as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist. She was inspired by the CPD department and clinics performing HLD/S duties and wanted to help create reliable processes and resources for them. One ask for help in a previous role, turned into an HLD/S career that she’s passionate about. Outside of her work, she enjoys spending time with her 3 girls, watching sports, and enjoying family time at the Jersey shore.
Elizabeth Marrero is a Master’s prepared registered nurse who is board certified in infection prevention and the operating room. She has experience in quality improvement, research, leading teams, surgery, and sterile processing. She runs the high level disinfection/ sterilization hospital-wide team, the viral respiratory infection healthcare acquired condition team, and facilitates the CLABSI and needlestick healthcare acquired condition teams. She is the subject matter expert for sterile processing, having lead that department for four years, and sits on the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement team for the operating room and sterile processing. She is passionate about preventing infections and is committed to outstanding patient outcomes.
Catherine Ostrowski MSN, BS, RN, CIC has spent the majority of her 36 year nursing career committed to the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases. Her passion for infection prevention has been exercised in the acute, skilled nursing and for the past decade, ambulatory care setting. Catherine’s career accomplishments include implementation of a premier hand hygiene program in a large healthcare system, operationalizing a mandatory staff influenza immunization requirement and mentoring numerous novice infection prevention professionals. The infection prevention journey in the ambulatory care setting has proved to be challenging and rewarding in application of the infection prevention concepts.
Kyrstyn Specht received her BS in Nursing and BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, after which she served at the bedside as a General Surgery/Plastic Surgery RN at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She began her current role in 2017 as a Patient Safety Specialist for Park Nicollet Health Services in St. Louis Park, MN where she currently supports inpatient, emergency medicine, and OB/GYN departments in organizational goals of high-reliability and a robust Culture of Safety.