Cheryl Briggs, RN, infection preventionist at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in northwest Houston, was recently honored by Infection Control Today magazine. Briggs was featured in the publication’s “Who’s Who in Infection Prevention,” an article showcasing outstanding health care professionals from across the nation who are involved with infection prevention and control as nominated by the magazine’s readers. Following is an excerpt from Infection Control Today highlighting the nurse:
“Cheryl Briggs, BSN, infection preventionist at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in Houston, Texas has served as the facility’s “infection control guru” since 1994, says nominator Marti McAnulty, RN, MSN, director of clinical quality/risk management. “She has not only worked tirelessly as our infection preventionist, but has juggled those duties with being the employee health nurse for a few years during that time as well,” McAnulty says. “She has worked with various staff throughout the facility, with regard to updating policies in our environment of care manual, installing antibacterial hand gel dispensers throughout the facility, working with our pharmacy and ICU manager to round on pneumonia patients to make sure they are receiving the correct antibiotics. We, as do most hospitals nowadays, almost always have a serious amount of construction going on; she works with our plant operations personnel to ensure that these areas are safe for staff, visitors and patients. During Hurricane Ike, we all stayed in lockdown for three-plus days together and she was everywhere, doing whatever needed to be done, but always our infection prevention crusader.”
To learn more about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, call 800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com.