Jefferson Health’s 3 New Jersey hospitals have been awarded the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) 2020 NJ Gold Antimicrobial Steward Award for their ongoing antimicrobial stewardship program. The award is presented by the Communicable Disease Service of the NJDOH. Jefferson Health – New Jersey is among an elite group of facilities statewide that have remained steadfast, from 2019 to 2020, to promote antimicrobial stewardship practices — which encourage and maintain the health of patients, residents, personnel, and the general population. The award was presented at a special virtual award ceremony today, where Dr. Emily Heil, University of Maryland Assistant Professor, spoke about antimicrobial stewardship during pandemic situations.
Established in 2014, the goals of the Jefferson NJ Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) include preventing antimicrobial overuse/misuse and associated adverse drug events; minimizing bacterial resistance development; and optimizing selection, dosage and duration of antimicrobials.
Jefferson’s multidisciplinary committee is led by Infection Control Officer Dr. Cindy Hou, Clinical Pharmacist Nikunj Vyas, and AVP of Safety & Quality Marianne Kraemer. Jefferson Health – New Jersey Chief Patient Safety & Quality Officer Dr. David Condoluci provides quality, safety, infectious disease, and administrative leadership for the program.