Never in our history have we focused more on antimicrobial initiatives. Now, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has designated 24 institutions with Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence status. –By Brian Hurlburt, Founder and Host, Magnifying Excellence Podcast.
The designated hospitals have created stewardship programs led by infectious diseases-trained physicians and pharmacists that advance science in antimicrobial resistance. The institutions also have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based national guidelines, such as the IDSA-Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America joint guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements. A total of 131 programs have received the designation since the program’s launch in 2017.
“As hospitals continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also reminded that antimicrobial resistance threatens our ability to treat patients each and every day. IDSA continues to prioritize fighting antimicrobial resistance through research, education, training and policy initiatives. Our Centers of Excellence program recognizes hospitals that are joining us in that fight. These institutions exhibit the innovation and leadership needed to have an impact against antimicrobial resistance and have instituted practices for others to emulate,” said IDSA President Barbara D. Alexander, MD, MHS, FIDSA.
The core criteria for the CoE program place emphasis on an institution’s ability to implement stewardship protocols by integrating best practices to slow the emergence of resistance, optimize the treatment of infections, reduce adverse events associated with antibiotic use and to address other challenging areas related to antimicrobial stewardship.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America represents over 12,000 physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. IDSA’s purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases. www.idsociety.org.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge, IL
Ascension St. John Hospital
Atrium Health – Carolinas Medical Center
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (first to earn status out of United States)
United Arab Emirates
Community Regional Medical Center
Maine Medical Center
Port Jefferson, NY
Mayo Clinic Florida
Medical City Arlington
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Rhode Island Hospital
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS), Mishawaka Campus
Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS), Plymouth Campus
Sisters Hospital of Buffalo
South Shore University Hospital (formerly Southside Hospital)
Bay Shore, NY
St. Charles Hospital
Port Jefferson, NY