FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2019

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SHEA Announces New Executive Director
Leading Society of Infection-Prevention Experts Names Kristy Weinshel as Next Leader

Arlington, VA (February 27, 2019) — The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America today announced the appointment of Kristy Weinshel, MBA, as its new Executive Director. Under the direction of SHEA’s Board of Trustees, Weinshel will provide leadership and management of the society’s mission to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance, and to advance the fields of healthcare epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship. SHEA is the leading professional society representing 2,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention and control.

Since 2012, Weinshel has served as SHEA’s Director of Membership, Marketing and Operations, taking on the Interim Executive Director role last November after the departure of Eve Humphreys to the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. In her tenure with the organization, Weinshel has helped lead several key membership and communications campaigns to raise awareness of the unique role of healthcare epidemiologists in the prevention, containment and control of infectious diseases in the U.S. and internationally. She will bring this strong knowledge of the field, organizational management skills, and vision to her new role. Prior to joining SHEA, Weinshel served as the director of membership for the Utilities Telecom Council, based in Washington, D.C.

“We are very excited to have Kristy lead our society in her new role as Executive Director to help continue to move SHEA’s vision forward,” said Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FSHEA, president of SHEA. “Her expertise and experience are important assets to our members and to the mission of our organization.”

SHEA and its members improve public health by establishing infection-prevention measures and supporting antibiotic stewardship among healthcare providers by leading research studies, translating research into clinical practice, developing smart policy, promoting antibiotic stewardship, and advancing the field of healthcare epidemiology. The society works with its members and partners to build a safer, healthier future for all. Weinshel will use her experience to continue to raise the profile of SHEA’s mission and enable the society to expand its current programming.

“I am humbled and honored by the Board of Trustees’ confidence and support as I take on this new role,” said Weinshel.  “I am looking forward to continuing my work with SHEA’s members to strengthen the impact of our programs and develop strategies to fulfill the society’s vision of ‘Safe Healthcare for All.’”

Weinshel received an M.B.A. in Finance from The George Washington University as well as a B.A. in marketing with a minor in communications. 

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The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) is a professional society representing 2,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world who possess expertise and passion for healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship. The society’s work improves public health by establishing infection-prevention measures and supporting antibiotic stewardship among healthcare providers, hospitals, and health systems. This is accomplished by leading research studies, translating research into clinical practice, developing evidence-based policies, optimizing antibiotic stewardship, and advancing the field of healthcare epidemiology. SHEA and its members strive to improve patient outcomes and create a safer, healthier future for all. Visit SHEA online at www.shea-online.org, www.facebook.com/SHEApreventingHAIs and @SHEA_Epi.