Infection Control Coordinator Kelley Newsom, RN, of Newton Medical Center, has been named president-elect of the Wichita-area chapter of APIC, a professional organization dedicated to infection prevention. She will serve as president starting in 2014.
Newsom joined APIC in 2008 and held the position of director-at-large this past year.
“Across Kansas, we have very knowledgeable infection preventionists,” Newsom said. “As Infection Control continues to be in the spotlight throughout the nation, it is an extreme honor to be in a position to be able to collaborate, as well as corroborate, with them. Through the cooperation between Infection Preventionists and the Kansas State HAI program, we will continue to showcase Kansas by decreasing healthcare acquired infections and improving patient outcomes.”
Prior to joining NMC in 2011, Newsom was the infection control coordinator at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend from 2008 to 2011. Before that, she had served as a relief nurse in the Infection Control department, sterile processing nurse, surgery team leader and staff nurse at CKMC. She holds a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Bethel College.
“Not only has she demonstrated a high level of organization and proficiency with parliamentary procedure, but she has proven to be a forward-thinking and motivating presence for our chapter,” said Kelene Young, APIC president. “Kelley will undoubtedly be an integral part of guiding the Wichita APIC Chapter toward the accomplishment of these important goals.”