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Twenty-four Institutions Receive the
IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence Designation
Group Includes First Hospital Outside of U.S. to Receive the Distinction


The Infectious Diseases Society of America has awarded 24 institutions the designation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence, including the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, making it the first hospital outside of the United States to receive the distinction. The designated hospitals have created stewardship programs led by infectious diseases-trained physicians and pharmacists that advance science in antimicrobial resistance. The institutions also have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based national guidelines, such as the IDSA-Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America joint guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements. A total of 131 programs have received the designation since the program’s launch in 2017.

“As hospitals continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also reminded that antimicrobial resistance threatens our ability to treat patients each and every day. IDSA continues to prioritize fighting antimicrobial resistance through research, education, training and policy initiatives. Our Centers of Excellence program recognizes hospitals that are joining us in that fight. These institutions exhibit the innovation and leadership needed to have an impact against antimicrobial resistance and have instituted practices for others to emulate,” said IDSA President Barbara D. Alexander, MD, MHS, FIDSA.

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, reduce adverse events associated with antibiotic use and to address other challenging areas related to antimicrobial stewardship. A panel of IDSA member experts in antimicrobial stewardship, including ID-trained physicians and ID-trained pharmacists, evaluate CoE applications against high-level criteria established by IDSA leadership for determining merit. The institutions recently awarded the CoE designation are:

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge, IL

Ascension St. John Hospital
Detroit, MI

Atrium Health - Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, NC

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Community Regional Medical Center
Fresno, CA

Crouse Hospital
Syracuse, NY

Maine Medical Center
Portland, ME

Mather Hospital
Port Jefferson, NY

Mayo Clinic Florida
Jacksonville, FL

Medical City Arlington
Arlington, TX

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Carmichael, CA

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor, ME

Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette, LA

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
Owensboro, KY

Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Cleveland, OH

Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
Indianapolis, IN

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Hartford, CT

Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS), Mishawaka Campus
Plymouth, IN

Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS), Plymouth Campus
Plymouth, IN

Sisters Hospital of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

South Shore University Hospital (formerly Southside Hospital)
Bay Shore, NY

St. Charles Hospital
Port Jefferson, NY

To learn more about the IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence program and to see a complete list of the institutions that have received the CoE designation, visit

The Infectious Diseases Society of America represents over 12,000 physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. IDSA’s purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.


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