Judene Bartley

The healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention field lost one of its most knowledgeable and dedicated voices with the passing of Judene Bartley, MSc, MPH on December 26, 2011. A tireless advocate for quality improvement in healthcare and an expert on environmental health and occupational health issues in infection control, Judene contributed her time and knowledge to many organizations, including SHEA, APIC, the American Hospital Association, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Joint Commission Resources and the CDC. She was devoted to the SHEA mission and the importance of its voice in tying public policy to science and evidence-based practice.

She served for nearly a decade on SHEA’s Public Policy and Government Affairs Committee, leading many of the public comment efforts on behalf of the Society. In addition, she championed collaboration among the organizations with expertise in infection prevention and was a catalyst for joint efforts that influenced policy discussions within HHS, CMS, CDC, NIOSH, FDA, EPA and OSHA. She was also part of the Premier Safety Institute team for 13 years, helping launch its website and serving as its editor.

Her career accomplishments were extensive and included providing infection-related expertise to the Facility Guidelines Institute American Institute of Architect's (FGI/AIA) Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee (HGRC), publisher of the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities; serving on the FGI HGRC Steering committee following election in 1996 and as the American Society of Healthcare Engineering's liaison with SHEA; and participating in national initiatives on sustainability in healthcare, including Practice Greenhealth, Center for Health Design, ASHE and ASHRAE Sustainability Committees, and ASHRAE's Ventilation Standard 170 newly incorporated into the 2010 FGI Guidelines.

She directed epidemiology programs at major university-affiliated hospitals (most notably Harper Hospital and Detroit Medical Center), and served on the national HICPAC advisory committee, on AJIC’s editorial board and on Michigan’s Keystone Advisory Group for HAI Reduction and the state’s HAI prevention collaborative. Judene was a founding mother of the Michigan Society for Infection Prevention (MSIPC) and an early NNIS adopter in Michigan. She authored over 100 publications focused on patient safety and environmental issues including disinfection, construction, ventilation and water quality issues.

Colleagues, friends and SHEA members remember Judene as a passionate advocate, mentor, and ever-ready resource with encyclopedic knowledge of the issues and players in the field of healthcare epidemiology. Judene will be dearly missed.

Donations in her memory, per Judene's wishes, can be made to Henry Ford Health System, Office of Philanthropy, 1 Ford Place 5A, Detroit, MI 48202-3450, and designated to either the Columbus Oncology or Hospice Programs.