Vizient, Inc. Participates in CDC's Annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week




"Clostridium difficile: Best Practices and the Patient Perspective"

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. As part of its support of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2016, Vizient Inc. is hosting two free educational webinars for health care professionals to help raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and emphasize the importance of appropriate antibiotic use across all health care settings.

The CDCs ninth annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (Get Smart Week), November 14-20, is a national observance intended to engage relevant stakeholders – including professional societies, advocacy groups, for-profit companies, state and local health departments, the general public, the media and others – around antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient, inpatient and animal health settings.

“Patients are dying of infections that can no longer be treated with modern day antibiotics. Vizient is supporting activities that raise awareness and offer strategies to providers to help improve the use of antibiotics through programs such as antibiotic stewardship,” said Kristi Kuper, PharmD, BCPS, senior clinical manager, Infectious Diseases, Vizient Center for Clinical Excellence.

Vizient is offering the following webinars:

  • “Antibiotic Stewardship: The National Perspective” will take place on Monday, November 14 from 2-3 p.m. CST. The webinar will highlight specific details of the proposed CMS Conditions of Participation for antibiotic stewardship, review CDC efforts, and provide an overview of accreditation related activities, including the new Joint Commission Medication Management Standard related to antibiotic stewardship. The presenters are:
    • Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS), associate director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Diana Scott, RN, BSHA, CPHQ, senior director, Accreditation Advisory Services, Vizient, Inc.

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  • “Clostridium difficile: Best Practices and the Patient Perspective,” Thursday, November 17 from 2-3 p.m. CST. This webinar will highlight how a community hospital, an academic medical center and a patient advocacy group have successfully employed strategies to prevent and treat Clostridium difficile associated disease. The presenters are:
    • Christian John Lillis, executive director, Peggy Lillis Foundation
    • Belinda E. Ostrowsky, MD, associate professor of Clinical Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, director of Epidemiology, Stewardship and Infection Prevention, Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center
    • Jo Watkins, Rph, clinical coordinator, St. Tammany Parish Hospital
    • Leslie Kelt, BS, CHPQ, CIC, infection preventionist, Employee Health, St. Tammany Parish Hospital

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About Vizient Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership and customer base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents almost $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as the recently acquired MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, which includes Sg2. In 2016, Vizient received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.


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