Clare Rock, MD, MS
SRN Chair

Dr. Clare Rock is an assistant professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Faculty Member at Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her research interests include environmental transmission, with particular interest in CRE outbreak management, and the transmission and epidemiology of C. difficile. She also focuses on diagnostic stewardship, and the behavioral, cultural, and human factors aspects of implementation of initiatives to enhance appropriate use of diagnostic tests. Dr. Rock earned her MD at the University College Dublin School of Medicine, National University of Ireland, and her MS masters of clinical science of research at the University of Maryland, where she received the MS scholar award for epidemiology.


Marin Schweizer, PhD
SRN Review Committee Chair

Dr. Marin Schweizer is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and a core investigator at the Iowa City VA Health Care System Center for Innovation. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating evidence-based strategies to reduce the prevalence of and poor outcomes associated with healthcare-associated infections, including prevention and treatment of surgical site infections, and comparative effectiveness of medications to prevent and treat S. aureus bloodstream infections. She has expertise in study design, meta-analysis, and outcomes research.


Kathleen Chiotos, MD, MSCE
SRN Vice Chair

Dr. Chiotos is a core faculty member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship (IDEAS) research group at the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE), an attending physician in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment in pediatric infectious diseases. She was formerly a Fellow in the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Training (PHEOT) program managed by the CPCE. She completed a combined fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at CHOP and received a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are related to the epidemiology and treatment of multidrug resistant gram-negative infections as well as antimicrobial stewardship in the PICU setting.


SRN Past Chairs

  • Jennifer Han, SRN Chair 2016-2019
  • Daniel Morgan, SRN Chair 2012-2017
  • Aaron Milstone, SRN Review Committee Chair 2012-2017
  • Deverick Anderson, SRN Vice Chair 2014-2017
  • Anthony Harris, SRN Chair 2010-2014
  • David Henderson, SRN Founding Chair 2010

 

 

The unique healthcare institutions that make up the SHEA Research Network (SRN) respond to 6-10 research projects every year. These projects are reviewed and approved by the SRN Review Committee for their potential contributions to the knowledge base of healthcare epidemiology.  

SRN Elite institutions have the highest response rate and are recognized for their exemplary contributions to the SRN.

Demographics

  • 17 countries and 35 states
  • 97 unique healthcare facilities
  • 91 with Infection Control Programs
  • 83 with Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs 
  • 58 with IRBs
  • 5: median ICUs
  • 500: median adult beds
  • 90: median pediatric beds
  • 1.6: average number of hospital epidemiologists 
  • 5.3: average number of infection preventionists

Elite, North America

Baltimore VA Medical Center
Boston Medical Center
Christiana Care Health System
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Duke University Hospital
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Parkview Health
Saint Luke's North Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital
University of Connecticut Health Center
University of New Mexico Hospitals
Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Elite, International

An Najah National University Hospital
BLK Super Specialty Hospital
Breach Candy Hospital Trust
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center
University of Navarra Clinic

Active, North America

Baystate Medical Center
Bethesda North Hospital
Boston Children's Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Centre Hospitalier Pierre-Legardeur
Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Children's Hospital of San Antonio
Children's National Medical Center
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Emory University
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Eskenazi Health
Geisinger Medical Center
Hamilton Health Sciences
Intermountain Medical Center 
Iowa City VA Medical Center
IU Health Goshen 
Jackson Health System
Kaweah Delta Medical Center
Keck Medicine of University of Southern California
Loyola University Medical Center
Maine Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Florida
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Miami Valley Hospital
Michigan Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital
NIH Clinical Center
Oregon Health and Science University
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Provincial Health Services Authority
Rhode Island Hospital
Saint Luke's Health System
San Francisco General Hospital
Stamford Health
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Joint Commission
UMass Memorial Medical Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arizona College of Medicine
University of California Irvine Health
University of California Irvine Health
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
University of Florida
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Vermont Medical Center
University of Wisconsin Hospital
VA CT Healthcare System
VA Portland Health Care System
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Vidant Medical Center 
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
William S. Middleton VA Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale School of Medicine

Active, International

Artemis Hospital 
Aster Medcity
Bhailal Amin General Hospital
Dar Al Fouad
Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital
FLENI
Government Unani  & Ayurvedic Medical College
Hospital Angeles Mocel
Hospital Universitario de Badajoz
Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Pierre and Marie Curie University
Shuguang Hospital 
St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

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Epi Project and Research Scholar Awards 

Year Title Principal Investigator
2019
Epi Project
Molecular Epidemiology of Spinal Fusion Surgical Site Infection and Influence of Preoperative Patient Microbiome Dustin Long
2018
Epi Project
Antibiotic Overuse at Hospital Discharge Valerie Vaughn
2018
Research Scholar Award
Pilot Feasibility Project: Reporting Antibiotic Utilization and Duration of Therapy from the Inpatient to Outpatient Setting to Infectious Diseases Providers Valerie Fabre
2017
Epi Project
Identifying human risk factors for complications from central venous catheters for patients who are self-administering at-home IV antibiotics  Sara Keller
2015
Epi Project
Variation in Practices to Clean and Disinfect Surfaces in SHEA Research Network Facilities  Sujan Reddy
2014
Epi Project
Applying the Washington State Validation Protocol to Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Reporting Across a National Cohort  Jason Lempp
2013
Epi Project
A Multicenter Longitudinal Study of Hospital-Onset Bacteremia: Time for a New Quality Outcome Measure?Rock C, Thom KA, Harris AD, Li S, Morgan D, Milstone AM, Caffo B, Joshi M, Leekha S.Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Feb; 37(2):143-8. Clare Rock
2012
Epi Project
Variation in Definitions and Isolation Procedures for Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria: A Survey of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network
Drees M, Pineles L, Harris A, Morgan D. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Apr; 35(4): 362-6.
Marci Drees

 

SRN Projects

2018-19

Assessment of Utilization of Rapid Molecular Diagnostic Tests in Hospitals
PI: David Calfee

Infection Prevention Training for Frontline Personnel Needs Assessment
PIs: SHEA Prevention Course for HAI Knowledge and Control of HAIs (Prevention CHKC) Program Committee

Post-Procedural Antimicrobials
PI: Daniel Livorsi

Denominator Validation for NHSN Metrics
PI: John O’Horo

Perspectives on antimicrobial use at the end of life among antibiotic stewardship programs: A survey of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network
Datta R, Topal J, McManus D, Dembry L, Quagliarello V, Juthani-Mehta M. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 1-3.

Perceptions of Data Management in Infection Prevention
PI: Carlos Figueroa-Castro

Perspectives on central-line associated bloodstream infection surveillance in home infusion therapy
Keller S, Alexander M, Williams D, Rock C, Han J, Schweizer M, Gorski L. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019;40(6), 729-31. 

Assessing the composition and function of existing antimicrobial stewardship committees in the practice-based setting as compared to published guidelines
PI: Matthew Weissenbach

Antifungal Stewardship
PI: Margaret Fitzpatrick

Current infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship program practices: A survey of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Research Network (SRN)
Chiotos K, Rock C, Schweizer M, Han J et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2019 Jul 17:1-4. 

2017-18

Hospital epidemiologists’ and infection preventionists’ opinions regarding hospital-onset bacteremia and fungemia as a potential healthcare-associated infection metric
Dantes R, Abbo L, Anderson D, Hall L, Han J, Harris A, Rock C, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019; 40(5), 536-40. 

Use of diagnostic stewardship practices to improve urine culturing among SHEA Research Network hospitals
Sullivan KV, Morgan DJ, Leekha S. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Feb;40(2):228-231.

Variability in the Application of Surveillance Definitions for Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection across U.S. Hospitals
PIs: Adams Barker C, Calderwood M, Dowling-Schmitt M. IDWeek 2018.

Visitor screening and staff sick leave policies in US hospitals
Chow E, Smit M, Mermel L. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018;39(8):1006-8. 

Preventing hospital-acquired Legionnaires’ disease: A snapshot of clinical practices and water management approaches in US acute-care hospitals
Ehret K, Chamberlain A, Berkelman R, Fridkin, S. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018;39(12): 1470-2. 

2016-17

Documentation of MDRO and CDI status during transitions of care
PIs: Jon Furuno, SHEA Research Committee

Do Experts Understand Performance Measures? A Mixed-Methods Study of Infection Preventionists
Govindan S, Wallace B, Iwashyna TJ, Chopra V. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Jan;39(1):71-6. 

Infection prevention in the operating room anesthesia work area
Munoz-Price L, Bowdle A, Johnston B, Bearman G, Camins B, Dellinger E, Birnbach D et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019;40(1), 1-17.

Duration of Contact Precautions for Acute-Care Settings
Banach DB, Bearman G, Barnden M, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018;39(2):127-44.

Outbreak Response and Incident Management: SHEA Guidance and Resources for Healthcare Epidemiologists in United States Acute-Care Hospitals
Banach DB, Johnston BL, Al-Zubeidi D, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017;38(12):1393-419.

Implementation of Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship in Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratories: Results from the SHEA Research Network
Mehrotra P, Gupta K, Strymish J, Branch-Elliman, W. et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017;38(4):496-8. 

Survey on the Activities of the World Health Organization (WHO) against Antimicrobial Resistance
PI: Ida Marie Nyhagen Vikan 

Legal Implications of Antimicrobial Stewardship
PI: Keith Hamilton, SHEA Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee

NOSOFlu: Developing Healthcare-Associated Flu Definitions
PI: Philippe Vanhems

Infection control resources and activities in legislated public reporting of HAIs
PI: Darren Linkin

2015-2016

Audit and Feedback Processes Among Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: A Survey of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network
Livorsi D, Heintz B, Jacob J, Krein S, Morgan D, Perencevich E. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016;37(6):704-6. Survey

ERCP Endoscope Reprocessing Practices to Reduce the Risk of CRE Transmission
PI: David Yassa

The Expanding Role of the Hospital Epidemiologist in 2014: A Survey of the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Research Network
Morgan D, Deloney V, Bartlett A, Boruchoff S, Couto R, Oji M, Poojary A, Rogers G, Sulis C, Milstone A. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 May;36(5):605-8.

2014-2015

How to Study Quality Improvement Strategies
PI: Susan Huang

Lessons Learned From Hospital Ebola Preparation
Morgan D, Braun B, Milstone A, Anderson D, Harris A, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 36(6), 627-631. 

Reconsidering Contact Precautions for Endemic MRSA and VRE
Morgan D, Murthy R, Munoz-Price L, Barnden M, Camins B, Johnston B, Bearman G. Infect Control  Hosp Epidemiol, 36(10), 1163-1172. 

Animals in Healthcare Facilities: Recommendations to Minimize Potential Risks
Murthy R, Bearman G, Brown S, Bryant K, Chinn R, Hewlett A, George BG, Goldstein E, Holzmann-Pazgal G, Rupp M, Wiemken T, Weese JS, Weber D. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015.

2013-2014

Survey of Hospital Practices Regarding Use of Chlorhexidine Gluconate Bathing for Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Shuman, E, Harpe J, Calfee D; IDWeek 2014.

Survey of infection prevention informatics use and practitioner satisfaction in US hospitals
Masnick M, Morgan DJ, Wright MO, Lin MY, Pineles L, Harris AD; SHEA Research Network. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Jul;35(7):891-3. 

SHEA Expert Guidance on Healthcare Personnel Attire in Non-Operating-Room Settings
Bearman G, Bryant K, Leekha S, Mayer J, Munoz-Price LS, Murthy R, Palmore T, Rupp M, White J. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Feb;35(2):107-21.

2012-2013

Universal Glove and Gown Use and Acquisition of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in the ICUA: Randomized Trial
Harris A, Pineles L, Belton B, Johnson K, Shardell M, Loeb M, Newhouse R, Dembry L, Braun B, Perencevich E, Hall K, Morgan D, Benefits of Universal Glove and Gown (BUGG) Investigators
JAMA.2013;310(15):1571-80. 

Public Reporting of Hospital Acquired Infections is Not Associated with Improved Processes or Outcomes
Linkin D, Fishman N, Shea J, Yang W, Cary M, Lautenbach E. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 34(8), 844-846.
Survey

Pediatric Antimicrobial Susceptibility Trends across the United States
Tamma P, Robinson G, Gerber J, Newland J, DeLisle C, Zaoutis T, Milstone A. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Dec.;34(12) 1244-51.

Does Nonpayment for Hospital-Acquired Catheter-Associated UTIs Lead to Overtesting and Increased Antimicrobial Prescribing?
Morgan DJ, Meddings J, Saint S, Lautenbach E, Shardell M, Anderson D, Milstone AM, Drees M, Pineles L, Safdar N, Bowling J, Henderson D, Yokoe D, Harris AD. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Oct;55(7):923-9. 

Surveillance of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Keller SC, Linkin DR, Fishman NO, Lautenbach E Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Jul;34(7):678-86. 

Variable Screening and Decolonization Protocols for Staphylococcus aureus Carriage before Surgery
Kline S, Pham T, Perl T; IDWeek 2012.

The SHEA Research Network (SRN) is a consortium of over 100 hospitals collaborating on multi-center research projects of interest to the SHEA membership to identify important gaps in the healthcare epidemiology science base and address them by contributing data and expertise. 

All hospitals with a dedicated site PI are able to join the SRN and participate in future projects. Approval of proposed research projects is determined by the SRN Review Committee upon submission of a concept form.

Engaging the Network

Investigators interested in engaging the SRN for a study should review and complete the online Study Proposal Concept Form and submit it to SRN@shea-online.org.

Proposals funded by an external source or those seeking funding from an external source will be reviewed for project significance and alignment with the mission and capabilities of the SRN. For unfunded proposals, consideration will also be given to the burden on participating sites. If the research proposal aligns with the mission and capabilities of the SRN, the concept sheet alone may be sufficient and will be approved by the SRN Application Review Committee. Review of proposals will not commence until all materials are received.

Join the SRN

Submit a Proposal

Apply for a Letter of Support

SRN Leadership Team

 

Fee Structure

  • Federally funded grants (excluding training or career development grants): $2,000
  • Corporate funded grants: $5,000
  • Fees cover review and solicitation of members; they do not cover administrative support and data management.
  • Proposals that require additional resources (e.g. Adelphi process with multiple rounds of surveying) will be assessed an additional fee to cover administration of the proposal. The amount will be determined following review of the proposal.
  • Proposals that are not accepted will not be charged.
  • Fees will not be assessed for unfunded research projects (i.e. conducted with no visible means of support).

Examples of High-Priority Topics (1)

HAI:
  • Evaluate HAI prevention across the spectrum of healthcare especially non-acute care settings;
  • Evaluate approaches for dissemination and implementation of HAI prevention methods;
  • Evaluate role of electronic monitoring tools in managing hand hygiene compliance.
Device-associated infections (DAI, including CLABSI, CAUTI, VAE):
  • Examine the epidemiology of DAI in non-ICU settings;
  • Test novel technology and strategies for DAI prevention such as impregnated devices and maintenance bundles;
  • Examine the reliability and validity of surveillance definitions in different patient populations and their impact on outcomes and practices.
SSI:
  • Compare various postoperative wound care strategies for reducing SSIs;
  • Assess the impact of an operating room checklist on SSI rates;
  • Evaluate patient-specific risk factor modification (such as smoking cessation) strategies for reducing SSIs.
MDROs and Clostridium difficile:
  • Assess transmission dynamics and novel interventions to prevent transmission in acute and non-acute care settings;
  • Evaluate the role of the environment and the impact of environmental disinfection on transmission;
  • Examine the role of laboratory technology to identify MDROs and guide infection prevention measures.
Employee health:
  • Identify approaches to improve influenza and other vaccinations in healthcare personnel (HCP) in settings where mandatory vaccination is not feasible;
  • Evaluate practices to prevent needlestick injuries and other bloodborne pathogen exposures in HCP and explore methods for post-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of HIV, HCV, and HBV;
  • Assess the role of HCP in transmitting organisms including MDROs to patients.
Respiratory viruses:
  • Evaluate the effects of barrier precautions on respiratory virus transmission;
  • Assess the acceptability of N-95 masks for prevention of respiratory virus transmission;
  • Evaluate the role of novel diagnostics in preventing nosocomial respiratory viruses and identifying emerging respiratory viruses.
Antimicrobial stewardship:
  • Evaluate the impact of antimicrobial stewardship programs on emergence of resistance, patient outcomes, and cost;
  • Explore the benefits of alternative methods for antimicrobial stewardship such as post-prescription review;
  • Assess the use of performance metrics for antimicrobial stewardship.
Environment:
  • Compare available touchless cleaning technologies for efficacy and acceptability;
  • Assess favored methods for surveillance of environmental cleaning;
  • Assess the role of hospital epidemiologists and infection preventionists in changing policy related to environmental cleaning

(1) The evolving landscape of healthcare-associated infections: recent advances in prevention and a road map for research. Safdar N, Anderson DJ, Braun BI, Carling P, Cohen S, Donskey C, Drees M, Harris A, Henderson DK, Huang SS, Juthani-Mehta M, Lautenbach E, Linkin DR, Meddings J, Miller LG, Milstone A, Morgan D, Sengupta S, Varman M, Yokoe D, Zerr DM; Research Committee of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 May;35(5):480-93.