Gina Pugliese, RN, MS

Gina Pugliese, R.N., M.S. Vice President, Premier Safety InstituteGina Pugliese is vice president of the Premier Safety Institute®, editor of its SafetyShare online newsletter, and is responsible for the overall content of the Premier Safety Institute's Web site. She is an associate faculty member of Rush University College of Nursing and a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Illinois School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in Chicago. In addition, she is the senior associate editor of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and served for 16 years as co-chair of the international Healthcare Epidemiology Training Program that is co-sponsored by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For eight years, Pugliese was the director of safety of the American Hospital Association (AHA). For more than 25 years, she has served in clinical, teaching, and administrative positions in nursing, hospital administration, safety, and infection control. She is the author of more than 140 publications and has developed and/or served as faculty in over 400 national and international educational conferences in 14 countries and 25 national videotapes and teleconferences.

Pugliese has served on a number of national committees for JCAHO, CDC, FDA, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Quality Forum (NQF) to assist in guideline-setting and regulatory processes related to patient safety and infection prevention and control. Pugliese is currently a member of the HHS Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and the National Quality Forum Steering Committee for Patient Safety Measures Complications.

Pugliese has received numerous honors for her work in healthcare epidemiology, patient safety and infection prevention, including a special recognition award from the U.S. Department of Labor in 1991, the AHA Employee of the Year in 1992 and APIC's Carol DeMille Outstanding Achievement Award in 2001. In 2005, the Gina Pugliese Scholarship was established by SHEA for eight awardees to attend the SHEA International Healthcare Epidemiology Training Courses.

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