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CHAIN Award for Excellence

Award nomination submission is now closed. Visit this page after the conference to read about this year’s winner.

About the Award

The Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infections Network (CHAIN) represents a partnership formed in 2011 between the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC-Minnesota), the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Hospital Association, and Stratis Health. In early 2017, CHAIN expanded membership to include organizations representing providers across care settings. CHAIN coordinates across the continuum of health care delivery, and supports patients, individuals, and their families to prevent harm from infections acquired in the process of care and combat antibiotic resistance. By leveraging our collective capacity and resources, integrating and aligning related initiatives, and breaking down silos and barriers to implementation of best practices, CHAIN serves as a resource to the health care community and each other.

The CHAIN Award for Excellence commends the infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship efforts of health care teams working hard to build a safer overall healthcare environment. The award winner will be recognized on September 27, 2017 at the CHAIN Fall Conference and invited to share a brief presentation with their peers regarding their important contribution to patient safety and quality of care.

We encourage health care leaders and staff from across care settings to submit nominations by completing the brief online submission below. Nominations for the award will be accepted through August 18, 2017. CHAIN members will review all nominations for key lessons learned and innovative strategies that contribute to infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship. Promising practices and findings will be shared through a variety of venues to promote learning and improve health care across the state. The nomination from last year’s award winner is provide below as an example.

We look forward to recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of health care teams in reducing infections and antibiotic resistance throughout Minnesota thank you in advance for your participation!

2016 Winning Nomination

View last year’s award winner. The nomination was strong because it provided detailed information on the full project lifecycle and the specific strategies tested through the intervention, highlighted the ways in which multidisciplinary staff were engaged in the project, and provided both process and outcome measures which demonstrated the tangible impact of their improvement work.

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CHAIN is an effort lead by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology-Minnesota (APIC MN), Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Hospital Association, and Stratis Health, which represents Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network in Minnesota.