Learn about the hospital program of distinction to prevent infections. This recognition program awards a designation of excellence to acute care facilities for infection prevention and control programs that meet a set of high-level standards, developed by leaders of APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. This new national recognition program for acute care hospitals who meet standards in preventing infections. Vanderbilt was the first to be recognized in 2017. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital received the distinction in 2019. It’s unclear if there are any other hospitals who have received the Program of Distinction, a three-year recognition award. (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists.