March 20, 2020

DeAnn Richards has worked in Infection Prevention and Occupational Health for over 25 years. She has an Associate Degree in both Occupational Therapy and Nursing, followed by her bachelor’s in nursing. Her previous experience in patient safety and quality included being a regional lead at Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network to support the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) priorities for health care quality improvement.  

Through a subcontract with the Wisconsin Hospital Association, she also supported the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN). In 2020, she started her own consulting business – D. Richards Infection Prevention – and joined an industry partner, North Central State Regional Council of Carpenters, as an Infection Control Risk Assessment Outreach Specialist. This opportunity allows DeAnn to apply her experience in multiple settings and share her love of environmental infection prevention.  

DeAnn has spoken at national conferences and webinars, regional webinars, state conferences, and local APIC chapters. She holds certifications in Infection Control, Healthcare Quality, and Patient Safety. She is currently the Chair of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Member Services Committee. She has served as the President for her local APIC chapter three times.

DeAnn’s philosophy is that we should not need to be thanked for preventing the spread of infection, as this is an expectation in today’s healthcare. She loves the challenges of Infection Prevention and hopes her commitment is “infectious.” 

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