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Antimicrobial Stewardship Team

Preserve antibiotics. Prevent resistance. Protect lives.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence badgeThe UK HealthCare Antimicrobial Stewardship Program works to improve the use of antimicrobials such as antibiotics for better clinical outcomes and to decrease the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance.

The program consists of a multidisciplinary team of providers who support the safe and appropriate use of antibiotics, as well as a core team of four infectious-diseases physicians and four infectious-diseases pharmacists. 

The team works to achieve its goals in several ways, including:

  • Establishing antimicrobial stewardship as a UK HealthCare enterprise priority.
  • Analyzing and reporting meaningful data.
  • Empowering patients and healthcare providers through education.
  • Collaborating with multidisciplinary groups to identify, develop, and implement stewardship initiatives.
  • Performing scholarly activities and disseminating results.
  • Serving as a resource for the surrounding community.
  • UK HealthCare is an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence

    Recently, the Infectious Diseases Society of America recognized UK HealthCare as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence. This honor demonstrates the enterprise’s commitment to optimizing antimicrobial use and combating antimicrobial resistance through the use of evidence-based national guidelines.

    UK HealthCare joins 40 other medical centers with this prestigious designation, including Duke University Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UCLA Health and Tufts Medical Center.

  • Mission

    The mission of the UK HealthCare Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is to optimize the use of antimicrobials to improve clinical outcomes and decrease the spread of antimicrobial resistance.  We  believe in accomplishing this mission through collaboration, education, research and innovation.

    Vision

    The vision of the UK HealthCare Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is to be the leader for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a national leader in optimizing antimicrobial use.

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Team

    Derek Forster, MD – Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship

    Donna Burgess, RPh  Pharmacy Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship

    Katie Wallace, PharmD  Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist

    Sarah Cotner, PharmD – Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist

    Jeremy VanHoose, PharmD – Infectious Diseases/Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist

    Dr. Thein Myint – Adult Infectious Diseases Physician

    Dr. Sean Mctigue  Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Physician

    Dr. Mitu Karki Maskey – Adult Infectious Diseases Physician