November 10, 2016

Every year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) is addressing this issue head-on by working with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) and Health Quality Innovators (HQI – formerly known as VHQC) to prevent the threat of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria no longer responds to the drugs designed to kill them.

The organizations are kicking off “Get Smart about Antibiotics Week”, Nov. 14 to 20, 2016, by hosting a reception and press conference in Richmond on Nov. 14. At this kick-off, the organizations aim to increase awareness on the importance of taking antibiotics the right way and encourage best practices among the general public and health care workers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. The press conference will include:

WHAT:     State Health Care Collaboration Press Conference Addressing Antibiotic Stewardship in Virginia


Dr. Hughes Melton 
Chief Deputy Commissioner
Virginia Department of Health

Dr. Samuel Bartle
VCU Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Medical Society of Virginia

Sheila McLean
Program Director
Health Quality Innovators (formerly VHQC)

Dr. J. Thomas Ryan
Senior Medical Advisor
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association


10 A.M 
Monday, November 14, 2016        


Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association
4200 Innslake Drive 
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

WHY:     Once antibiotics are not effective in treating infections, we are at risk of having no treatment for serious illnesses. The key to slowing the development of antibiotic-resistant infections is using the right antibiotics in the right way and only when needed.

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