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Published on October 05, 2017

Cone Health Makes Its Mark at State Infection Prevention Meeting

The president-elect of APIC North Carolina and the practitioner of the year are from Cone Health.


Melissa Morgan, MSN, RN, has been selected as president-elect of APIC North Carolina (APIC NC). Morgan is the system-wide director of infection prevention for Cone Health.

APIC NC is an organization of more than 190 infection prevention experts from across the state.

Laura Stines and Melissa Morgan

It is the local chapter of APIC, an internationally recognized leader in infection prevention.

Morgan joined Cone Health in 2004 as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. As the system-wide director of infection prevention, Morgan ensures that patients, visitors, volunteers and staff are protected from infectious diseases. She is certified in infection control and epidemiology.

Laura Stines, MSN, RN, has been named APIC NC’s Practitioner of the Year. The practitioner of the year demonstrates expertise in reducing infection rates, training of colleagues in infection prevention methods and commitment to the field of infection prevention. Her nomination was based on her efforts to standardize infection prevention work in areas performing high level disinfection, operating rooms and surgical instrument cleaning areas.

Stines has worked at Cone Health since 2009. She is responsible for infection prevention in more than 30 departments across seven campuses in the Cone Health network. She too is certified in infection control and epidemiology.

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