Opening Plenary

Wednesday, June 14

Celeste Headlee HeadshotKeynote Speaker: Celeste Headlee

Award-winning journalist, author, public speaker, and vocalist

10 Ways to Have Infinitely Better Conversations

Focusing on the fundamentals of communication, Celeste will share practical strategies for enhancing your professional and personal relationships through the art of conversation and focused listening. Celeste’s Tedx talk “Ten Ways to Have Better Conversations” has been viewed more than seven million times.

About Celeste

Celeste Headlee hosts the show “On Second Thought” at GPB in Atlanta, heard in five states. She has been a host and correspondent for NPR and PRI since 2006, anchoring “The Takeaway” and various shows at NPR, like “Tell Me More,” “Talk of the Nation,” and “Weekend Edition.” She has also appeared frequently as a guest on CNN, the BBC and other international networks, and she anchored presidental election coverage in 2012 for PBS World.

Celeste has trained journalists, through NPR’s Next Generation program, since 2006. Her book, “Heard Mentality,” was released in May of 2016. In 2014, she narrated the documentary “Packard: The Last Shift” for the Detroit Free Press.

Celeste is also a trained opera singer who performs recitals around the nation.

Day Two Plenary

Thursday, June 15

Point/Counterpoint: Discontinuation of Contact Precautions for Clostridium difficile and CHG Bathing

The use of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) for patient bathing house-wide and the discontinuation of contact precautions for patients with Clostridium difficile have been two highly contentious topics in the field of infection prevention and control. Join us for this exciting and informative point/counterpoint session where experts will discuss and debate the pros and cons of each topic.

Discontinuation of Contact Precautions for Clostridium.difficile

David Banach, MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Phil Polgreen, MD, MPH, University of Iowa

CHG Bathing

Barbara DeBaun, RN, MSN, RN, CIC,Cynosure Healthcare Consulting
Russell Olmsted, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, Trinity Health


Closing Plenary

Sanjay_Saint - HeadshotKeynote Speaker: Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH

Chief of Medicine, Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System and Director, VA Ann Arbor Medical Center/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP)

Millennials, Motivation, Mission, and Mindfulness: Preventing Infection Circa 2017

Back by popular demand, Dr. Saint’s research focuses on enhancing patient safety by preventing healthcare-associated complications with a special focus on catheter-related infection, translating research findings into practice, and medical decision-making. Dr. Saint was the recipient of APIC’s Distinguished Scientist award at APIC 2015 in Nashville, TN, where he presented an excerpt from his TEDxUofM talk entitled “Improving Healthcare: Straight from the Heart.”

About Sanjay

Dr. Saint is the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, the director of the VA/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program, and the chief of medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Dr. Saint has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, with 95 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, or the Annals of Internal Medicine. He is also the lead author of a book recently published by Oxford University Press entitled: Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions. He has been a visiting professor at more than 50 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Australia, and Thailand.