Presenters

 

 

Pat Posa, RN, MSA, CCRN-K, FAAN 

Pat Posa is an experienced Clinical Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry. Posa is skilled in nursing education, physician relations, infection control, critical care nursing, and health care management. She is a strong program and project management professional with a Bachelor of Science degree in in nursing from Wayne State University. She is also a consultant for the American Hospital Association and for Advancing Nursing, LLC.

 

 

 

 

DeAnn Richards, N, MSA, CCRN-K, FAAN

DeAnn Richards has worked in Infection Prevention and Occupational Health for over 23 years. She has an Associate Degree in both Occupational Therapy as well as Nursing, and later completed her Bachelors Degree in nursing.  She combines both these components with her previous experience in safety and quality in her role as a regional lead at Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (Lake Superior QIN). Lake Superior QIN is comprised of three organizations, MPRO in Michigan, Stratis Health in Minnesota and MetaStar in Wisconsin (Richards’ home base) to support the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) priorities for health care quality improvement.

Richards has worked in multiple settings as a certified Infection preventionist, including hospice/palliative care, hospital, home health, long term care, dental, dialysis, ambulatory and clinical care. She has spoken at national conferences and webinars, regional webinars, state conferences and local APIC chapters. Due to the successful alignment of MetaStar and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Richards splits her time between both organizations in an effort to continue this collaborative relationship and important work to reduce infections while supporting initiatives in both the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIO) and Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) contracts funded by CMS. She holds certifications in Infection Control, Healthcare Quality, and Patient Safety. Her philosophy is that we should not need to be thanked for preventing the spread of infection as this is an expectation in today’s health care. She loves the challenges of infection prevention and hopes her commitment is “infectious.”