WINCHESTER — Ongoing education is a priority at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) as staff and physicians continually sharpen their skills and update their knowledge. Three members of the WDMH team have recently completed advanced education in their fields – leading the way at WDMH and throughout the region.
Frida Plourde, WDMH’s Infection Control Coordinator, obtained her Certification in Infection Control from CBIC (Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology). Frida is one of about 30 experts in our region with this international designation. “The more I know, the safer our patients can be,” notes Frida. “By having the best practices in infection control, we can provide the best patient care.”
Pharmacists Ahmed Aly and Dr. Ali Elbeddini have completed certifications in antimicrobial
stewardship from the SIDP (Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists) in the United States. Their expertise will help to ensure that WDMH patients who are prescribed antibiotics are receiving the right drugs, in the right dosage, for the right length of time. “We want to do what is best for the patient,” explains Dr. Elbeddini. “We look at the whole picture to help choose the most appropriate and effective treatment.”
Pharmacist Ahmed Aly has also completed his Canadian Diabetes Educator certificate. He will work closely with WDMH’s Diabetes Education team to support patients with this disease. “I loved getting this certificate to be able to help my patient manage their diabetes,” he says.