April 7, 2015

Contact: Christa Martin, (205) 286-4107

Helen Keller Hospital Employee Earns Certified Infection Control Credential

Sheffield, Ala. - Debbie Thompson, Infection Preventionist at Helen Keller Hospital, has once again earned the "Certified in Infection Control" credential from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC). Certification is maintained through successful completion of a recertification examination every five years.

The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by providing standardized measurement of current basic knowledge needed for persons practicing infection control; encouraging individual growth and study, thereby promoting professionalism among infection prevention and control professionals; and formally recognizing infection prevention and control professionals who fulfill the requirements for certification. Individuals who earn this credential join approximately 5,000 practitioners worldwide who are Certified in Infection Control. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies accredits CBIC's certification program, which signifies that it has met the highest national voluntary standards for private certification. CBIC periodically conducts job analyses to assure that certification measures current practices and knowledge required for infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology.

"Helen Keller Hospital is privileged to have an Infection Preventionist of Debbie's caliber on our staff," said Rebecca Michael, Director of Quality Management at Helen Keller Hospital. "Her wealth of knowledge and years of experience provide our patients, staff, and physicians with an Infection Prevention and Control program of the highest standard."

The CBIC is a voluntary autonomous multidisciplinary board that provides direction for and administers the certification process for professionals in infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology. CBIC is independent and separate from any other infection control related organization or association. For more information, visit