Dr. Stone is the Medical Epidemiologist for Long-term Care in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is a Board-certified infectious disease physician who has a research and clinical background in managing infections and antibiotic resistant pathogens in post-acute and long-term care settings. She completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University followed by an infectious disease fellowship at Emory University. Prior to joining CDC, she spent several years providing clinical care and advising infection prevention and control programs for a long-term acute care hospital and affiliated nursing home within the Emory Healthcare system. She continues to hold a faculty appointment within in the Emory University Division of Infectious Diseases.
In her role at CDC, Dr. Stone works to address the needs for infection prevention programs in long-term care. She develops guidelines, educational resources and quality improvement programs to reduce healthcare associated infections and promote antibiotic stewardship in nursing homes. Her efforts include leading the SHEA/CDC position paper updating infection surveillance definitions for long-term care facilities and overseeing the inclusion of infection surveillance infrastructure designed for use by nursing homes and assisted living facilities within the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network. Dr. Stone serves as a technical expert for multiple AHRQ funded projects promoting infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship in long-term care and works closely with the CMS divisions focused on quality improvement and infection prevention oversight in nursing homes. She is nationally recognized for her teaching on infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship in long-term care and serves as an infection prevention resource for state health departments and national quality improvement initiatives such as the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign.
Dr. Stone advocates strongly for the inclusion of long-term care in educational programs and policies focused on infection prevention in healthcare. She is the Chair of the SHEA Long-term Care Special Interest Group and serves as Co-Chair for the new SHEA Certificate Course in Post-Acute & Long-Term Care launched during the SHEA Spring 2015 meeting: Science Guiding Prevention. Recently, she moderated a panel discussion on the importance of antibiotic stewardship in long-term care settings at a forum hosted by the White House which featured several long-term care partners including the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-term Care (NADONA/LTC), AMDA: The Society for Post-acute and Long-term Care Medicine, the American Society for Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-term Care.
- Protect Nursing Home Residents by Improving Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes
- CDC launches new website for preventing infections in long term care
- Addressing Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes – It Starts with a Conversation
- Time to rethink antibiotic use in long-term care facilities
- Nursing Homes: New Partners in the Fight Against Healthcare-Associated Infections