Friday, June 19, 2015

Waynesboro, Pa. – Infection prevention is a specialty gaining more attention across the nation as experts work to prevent or control outbreaks of different types of illnesses, such as influenza, measles, and even the Ebola virus. 

Ruth Freshman, a registered nurse who specializes in Epidemiology and Infection Prevention for Summit Health, works as a local resource in the field for her coworkers and patients to help them understand the ways in which different infectious diseases spread. 

She recently earned a distinguished accreditation in the field, her Certification in Infection Control, or CIC.

Certification by the Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology offers an objective measurement of standardized knowledge that is recognized and respected within the field.  Earning this certification is rigorous, and takes lots of dedication. 

Freshman, a nurse with more than 30 years of experience, said she had been studying for the exam since 2012 in order to earn her CIC to better serve as an expert in her field.

“This certification allows me to better serve our patients who may have questions or need a better explanation of a medical condition,” Freshman said. “This also allows me to better help my coworkers as I offer them information about infection prevention.”

For more information on the services offered at Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital, please visit SummitHealth.org.