Prisma Health Richland Hospital has been awarded the designation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence (CoE) by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The CoE program recognizes institutions that have created stewardship programs led by infectious disease physicians and infectious disease-trained pharmacists who are of the highest quality and have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based national guidelines. Prisma Health Richland Hospital is one of 41 programs nationwide to have received the designation since the program’s launch in 2017.
“Each year, more than 700,000 people worldwide die due to antimicrobial-resistant infections,” said IDSA President Cynthia Sears, MD. “Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats facing health care on a global, national and individual level. IDSA is committed to fighting antimicrobial resistance through its research, education, training and policy efforts. IDSA is proud to partner with Prisma Health Richland Hospital and others that have received the Centers of Excellence designation in turning the tide against antimicrobial resistance.”
Anna-Kathryn Burch, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician and co-director of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) said, “This is a great honor for Prisma Health–Midlands and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands. Our pediatric ASP has existed for 10 years and we were the first in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. In our efforts to help decrease antibiotic resistance, we have focused on decreasing antibiotic usage without causing harm. Our pediatric team works together to develop the best outcomes for our patients.”
The pediatric team includes two pediatric infectious disease physicians: co-director Burch and Rebecca Widener, MD, along with two pediatric pharmacists, co-director Rob Daniels, PharmD, and Andrew Gainey, PharmD.
“The Children’s Hospital ASP is an example of the innovation, commitment to excellence and dedication to achieving the best care for the children we serve,” said senior medical director Caughman Taylor, MD. “Our ASP has helped reduce antibiotic overuse, decrease C. difficile infection, decrease length of stay and has reduced costs for children. It is one reason we were recognized nationally by Solutions for Patient Safety as hospital of the month. This IDSA designation shows how quality programs that start in Children’s Hospital bring positive impact to our entire health system.”