Cheri Fast and Jessica Danko, project managers for the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care, are among the first in the nation to be awarded the CBIC Long-Term Care Certification in Infection Control.

Fast and Danko are innovative leaders in long-term care. This certification acknowledges their knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of infection control. By sharing their expertise with healthcare workers across South Dakota, Cheri and Jessica will help prevent hospital-acquired infections and share Project Firstline trainings and resources; with the goal of ensuring as many healthcare workers as possible go through the training programs offered through Project Firstline.

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The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) is a non-profit organization that offers certification for healthcare professionals working in the field of infection prevention and control, as well as long-term care. The Long-term care certification is for professionals who work in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The certification is designed to recognize the knowledge, skills and abilities of professionals working in the long-term care field.

Project FirstLine Logo NationalProject Firstline is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to empower and support infection preventionists (IPs) working in long-term care facilities. South Dakota Project Firstline partners include the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care, the South Dakota Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.