Fran Robertson, staff development coordinator, left, and Tina Hulsey, director of nursing, holding the certificate

In December 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented Life Care Center of Littleton, Colorado, with a Certificate of Appreciation.

 

The certificate recognizes “outstanding participation in the assessment of infections and use of antibiotics in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.”

 

“Our facility recognized that by having a dedicated Antibiotic Stewardship Program, we could reduce adverse antibiotic events and improve the quality of patient care,” said Fran Robertson, staff development coordinator. “We’ve seen great results with our program.”

 

Robertson added that the program depends on strong support from leadership and staff. Gregory Gahm, medical director at the facility, oversees the program. The team also includes a pharmacist, the executive director, the director of nursing, department managers and an infection preventionist.

 

“Using a systematic approach to evaluating each antibiotic need and collaborating among the team has been key to our success,” said Robertson. “We make quality care our top priority.”

 

“Antimicrobial resistance threatens the very core of modern medicine and the sustainability of an effective, global public health response to the threat from infectious diseases,” said Michelle Fraternali, executive director. “We will remain diligent in our efforts and are honored to be recognized by the CDC.”