Steve Streed Earns Highest Honor for Infection Prevention and Epidemiology

(Fort Myers, Fla. – June 27, 2017) --- Steve Streed, MS, CIC, FAPIC, System Director of Epidemiology and Infection Control for Lee Health, received the Carole DeMille Achievement Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). This award—which is the highest honor bestowed by APIC—recognizes Streed’s contributions and commitment to education in infection control. Streed accepted the award at the APIC’s 44th Annual Conference in Portland, Ore.

Streed’s career in infection prevention and epidemiology spans 40 years, and he has served as Lee Health’s system director for more than 10 years. He has been an active member of the APIC since the late-1970s. In 1983, he was among the first group of infection preventionists to be certified in infection control and epidemiology (IPC). Committed to education in the growing field of IPC, Streed co-founded and taught some of the earliest hospital epidemiology and certification preparation courses. Through his association in the APIC, Streed has served in numerous leadership capacities, including on the APIC Board of Directors and on the editorial board for the American Journal of Infection Prevention.

Streed is a nationally recognized expert on hospital-acquired infection (HAI) surveillance and has promoted the use of computers to improve the efficiency of infection prevention data collection since the early 1980s. He also was a member of a multi-society professional group that worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to author a pivotal white paper that was used in the creation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “National Action Plan to Prevent HAIs.” His research also includes new technologies for improving the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces in health care facilities.

“Steve has mentored, coached and encouraged countless people in the world of infection prevention during his career,” says Mary Beth Saunders, D.O., Lee Health Medical Director of Epidemiology. “He encourages their continuous self-improvement and education.”

Streed supports and encourages his infection prevention peers at the local, national and international level, as well as those considering a career in the field. He established the Stephen A. Streed Scholarship in Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, which is awarded to graduate students with a declared interest in hospital epidemiology. Streed’s dedication to infection prevention and epidemiology is what earned him the Carole DeMille Achievement Award, which is named in honor of this pioneer in the field.

“We are honored to recognize Steve with this award,” says Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, 2017 APIC President. “Steve has had an enormous impact on the practice of infection prevention and control, and through his mentoring, coaching and teaching, has been influential in leading a generation of infection preventionists.”

APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other health care facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy and data standardization. Visit APIC online at

Cutline: Steve Streed receives award from Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, 2017 APIC President, during the opening plenary.

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