University Medical Center New Orleans has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
The program, launched in 2017, recognizes institutions that have created stewardship programs led by infectious diseases physicians and ID-trained pharmacists that are of the highest quality and have achieved standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Each year, more than 700,000 people worldwide die due to antimicrobial resistant infections. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats facing healthcare on a global, national and individual level. IDSA has had a longstanding commitment to fighting antimicrobial resistance through its research, education, training, and policy efforts. The Centers of Excellence program recognizes institutions that share our commitment by establishing antimicrobial stewardship programs that foster optimal therapies that protect patients from dangerous antimicrobial resistant infections while safeguarding our vulnerable drug supply. IDSA is proud to partner with each of these institutions in turning the tide against antimicrobial resistance,” said Paul Auwaerter, MD, MBA, FIDSA.
The institutions receiving the designation today are:
St. Louis, MO
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Denver Health Medical Center
Hackensack University Medical Center
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Palo Alto, CA
Montefiore Medical Center
Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital
New Rochelle, NY
New York Presbyterian Hospital - The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
New York, NY
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Roper St. Francis Hospital
Rose Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center
Saint Joseph Hospital
South Nassau Communities Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Tufts Medical Center
University of California, Los Angeles - UCLA Health
Los Angeles, CA
University Medical Center - New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
University Medical Center – Texas
UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside, Presbyterian Campus
University of Wisconsin Hospital
Virginia Commonwealth University Health
Womack Army Medical Center
Ft. Bragg, NC
The IDSA CoE program places emphasis on an institution’s ability to implement stewardship protocols using its electronic health record system and providing ongoing education to its medical staff. A workgroup of infectious diseases physicians and ID-trained pharmacists developed the core criteria for the CoE program building upon the criteria detailed in the CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs.
All health systems are welcome to apply for the IDSA CoE designation and can learn more about the criteria at www.idsociety.org/ascoe.