Mercy Health Muskegon and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Receive IDSA Center of Excellence Designations

Mercy Health Muskegon and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor have recently earned Stewardship Center of Excellence (CoE) designations from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Hospitals receiving this designation have created stewardship programs led by ID-trained physicians and pharmacists that advance science in Antimicrobial Resistance and have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based national guidelines such as the IDSA-SHEA guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements.

MHM and SJMAA represent two of only four hospitals in Michigan and only 101 programs nationwide to have earned the designation since the program’s launch in 2017. “Receiving this recognition is the formalization of the commitment to high quality antimicrobial stewardship on behalf of our colleagues, medical staff and, in particular, our antimicrobial stewardship team,” said Justin Grill, DO, M.Ed.HP, MHA, Chief Medical Officer for Mercy Health Muskegon. “This tremendous work has led to reduced rates of inappropriate antibiotic utilization, lower rates of antimicrobial-related acquired infections and has truly improved the quality of care and safety for our patients.”

One of IDSA’s top priorities is fighting antimicrobial resistance through research, education, training and policy initiatives. The core criteria for the CoE program place emphasis on an institution’s ability to implement stewardship protocols by integrating best practices to slow the emergence of resistance, optimize the treatment of infections, and reduce adverse events associated with antibiotic use and other challenging areas related to antimicrobial stewardship.

This designation recognizes our institution’s leadership, commitment, and long-standing efforts to promote best practices around judicious antimicrobial use to optimize the treatment of infections, reduce adverse events associated with antimicrobial use and to slow the emergence of resistance,” said Anurag Malani, Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, West.

SJMAA’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) began in 2009 and has been recognized over the years as a national leader surrounding these efforts. The multidisciplinary team is led by medical director, Anurag Malani MD, FIDSA, FSHEA and pharmacy lead, Curtis Collins, PharmD, MS, BCIPD, FASHP and includes physicians, residents, pharmacists, infection preventionists, lab personnel, nursing and quality improvement. MHM’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) was started in 2016 and has made great strides to prevent antibiotic overuse, decrease antimicrobial resistance and improve patient safety/outcomes. The infectious disease team includes ASP co-chair Todd Capron, PharmD, BCIDP; Hillary Roberson, PA-C; Deb Hoeker, RN; and co-chair/ASP program director Dani Pellegrini, MD.

“As one of four hospitals in the state, and the first institution to be recognized as an Antibiotic Stewardship Center of Excellence in West Michigan, we are proud to partner with IDSA as we continue to provide our community with high quality, evidence-based care while combating antibiotic resistance, adverse drug events and hospital acquired infections,” said Dani Pellegrini, MD, RN, BSN.

To learn more about the IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence program, please visit

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