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Dr Hudson Garrett, Jr Is Elected Chairman Of the Education Committee Of the C Diff Foundation

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hudson Garrett, Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP, CSRN, VA-BC, CDONA,FACONA,DON-CLTC™ , C-NAC™ , PLNC  has been elected  to
Chairman of the Education Committee of the C Diff Foundation.


Dr. Garrett will be overseeing, and developing the Foundation’s volunteer patient advocate (VPA) program, healthcare workshops and programs for both patients and clinicians.  As a member of the Foundation’s Research and Development committee, Dr. Garrett provided great support.

Dr. Garrett is aiding in the development of patient and clinician focused C.diff. Spores and More Global Broadcasting Network episodes and discussing  leading healthcare
topics — as our global listeners span across 56 countries and counting.

Dr. Hudson Garrett is currently employed as the VP, Clinical Affairs for PDI, Inc. and NIce-Pak, and is responsible for the global Clinical Affairs program and also the Medical Science Liaison program for all divisions within the company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry and Nursing, a dual Masters in Nursing and Public Health, Post-Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Post-Masters Certificate in Infection Prevention and Infection Control and a PhD in Healthcare Administration and Policy. He has completed the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, and the CDC Fundamentals of Healthcare Epidemiology program, and is board certified in family practice, critical care, vascular assess, moderate sedation, legal nurse consulting, and a director of nursing in long term care.  Dr. Garrett is also a Fellow in the Academy of National Associations of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care.

Dr. Garrett currently serves on the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Pediatric Subcommittee, as President of the Board of Directors, for the Vascular Access Certification Corporation, is the past Education Chair for the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Professionals In Infection Control and Epidemiology Board of Directors, a National Faculty Member for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, President of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Chapter of the Infusion Nurses Society, the Industry Liaison for the Board of Directors for the Association for the Healthcare Environment, a member of the Clinical Practices Advisory Committee for the Association for Vascular Access, and a past member of the Recommended Practices Advisory Board for the Association of Peri-operative Registered Nurses. In addition, Dr. Garrett received a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2011 in recognition for his advancement of critical care nursing and infection prevention.

He also serves as the Industry Liaison for the Assoc. for the Healthcare Environment Board of Directors, is the lead faculty member for the Assoc. for the Healthcare Environment’s Online Certificate Program in the Essentials of Infection Prevention for Environmental Services Professionals, two time nominee for the Assoc. for Vascular Access Herbst Award, served as a reviewer for the 2013 Best Practices in Adult Peripheral Vascular Access Resource Guide for the Assoc. of Vascular Access, currently the second author for the second revision of the Assoc. for Vascular Access Pediatric Special Interest Organization Guidelines which is scheduled to be released in 2015, also an author for the AVA CVC Best Practices Resource guide. He was also recognized as a 2013 “Who’s who in Infection Prevention and Control” by Infection Control Magazine.

Dr. Garrett has published in many publications including Infection Control Today, Managing Infection Control, Provider, The Assisted Living Journal, and in the American Journal of Long Term Care, American Journal of Critical Care, and also in several Mosby Saunders medical textbooks to name a few.

He is currently an active member of many professional organizations including:
Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Association for the Healthcare Environment, the Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America, Infectious Disease Society of America, Association for Vascular Access, Infusion Nurses Society, American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Assoc. for Peri-operative Registered Nurses, American Medical Directors Assoc., American Assoc. of Moderate Sedation Nurses, American College of Healthcare Executives, Nat’l Assoc. of Directors of Nursing in Long Term Care, American Assoc. for Long Term Care Nursing, American Assoc. of Nurse Assessment Coordinators, and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Hudson Garrett is passionate about delivering unsurpassed material and provides excellent support on every level. We are fortunate to have Dr. Hudson Garrett, Jr. leading the Foundation’s Education Committee.  Please join us in congratulating him on his new, well-deserved position.


Nancy C. Caralla, Founder, Executive Director
With the C Diff Foundation Board of Directors, Chairpersons and Committee Members

Raising C. diff. Awareness With Florida Community Healthcare Professionals


“Raising C. diff. Awareness”


Dr K.V. Sundaresh, MD of New Port Richey, FL

K.V. Sundaresh, MD is Board Certified in Infectious Disease and discussed the burden of C. diff. the risk factors pertaining to current and emerging treatment options along with the importance of applying evidence-based clinical approaches to the prevention of  a C. diff. infection (CDI), one of the leading Hospital-Acquired Infections.

Clostridium difficile (also known as C. diff.) is an important cause of infectious disease death in the United States.  Nearly half a million Americans suffered from Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infections in a single year according to a study released February 25, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). • More than 100,000 of these infections developed among residents of U.S. nursing homes alone.*  Approximately 29,000 patients died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis of a C. diff. infection.   Of these 29,000 – 15,000 deaths were estimated to be directly related to a  C. diff. infection. Therefore; C. diff. is an important cause of infectious disease death in the U.S.  (Source: CDC)

Angelo Ortiz, Treasurer, Volunteer Advocate Chair joined Dr. Sundaresh, MD to present to their audience of  healthcare professionals.  It was a great pleasure  to promote C. diff. Awareness with Dr. Sundaresh, MD.

We sincerely thank the Medical Center of Trinity Hospital for the opportunity to share the Foundation’s information, mission, and programs available to the healthcare providers and community attending this educational Raising C. diff. Awareness program.




2015 Shooting Star Volunteer Advocate Awards


It is with great pleasure and gratitude to present the 2015 Shooting Star Awards to the following C Diff Foundation Volunteer Advocates

Heather Clark, Kimberly Reilly, Renetta and Gary Dudzinski

We present these awards to you for your continuous efforts and outstanding support in the

C Diff Foundation’s  “Raising C. diff. infection Awareness” program which you have promoted  at all levels.

One word says it all, “Grateful”  ~ and we are.





International Volunteer Day – Thanking CDF Volunteers Raising C.diff. Awareness World-Wide


To every CDF Volunteer, on behalf of all the staff, and the thousands of members across the country, we want to say THANK YOU!

Your continued support and efforts contribute in a significant way to our mission of educating, and advocating for C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety awareness world-wide.

November marked our second year in “Raising C. diff. infection Awareness” campaign and we thank the many organizations who supported and contributed by sharing information to others.  We are all working toward a shared goal in witnessing a reduction of newly diagnosed C. diff. cases and “None of us can do this alone…..all of us can do this TOGETHER!”

On this day we celebrate International Volunteers Day,  it also stands as a reminder that our daily work sharing information, educating, and advocating for C. diff. infections, is not only critical,  it is urgent.  We do not know when new interventions to prevent, to treat, and products to eradicate C. diff. spores, will become available to the public.  The good news is that we do know that there are many positive interventions presently in clinical trials, which give us all HOPE.  (Visit the website for updates and feel free to inquire if you would be considered a candidate to participate in an ongoing clinical trial).

This is why acts of sharing the C Diff Foundation literature during every opportunity quickly opens doors of knowledge helping others learn how to prevent acquiring this painful and life-threatening infection, treatments available, and disinfecting products with EPA registered     C. diff. kill for environmental safety … will help save lives.

As a sign of our deep appreciation for all you do for the Foundation, we share this digital 2015 calendar filled with best wishes for good health, strength, happiness, and the reminder that we are always available 24/7/365 for answers and support.  Remember, we are only a phone call away 1-844-FORCDIF

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Volunteers of the C Diff Foundation have a special connection and are kept in highest regards.

On this day, and throughout the year ahead, we want you to be confident that your Volunteer Membership in the Foundation is bringing important information out into the communities and throughout the world through the educational brochures, cards, letters, and from sharing your own personal experiences with others.  Please be sure to share your journey with others in need of HOPE” on the C. diff. Survivors Alliance Network website

If you would like to obtain additional 2015 calendars, to share with others in your community, please send a email to the main office  and provide us with a physical mailing address.

Your continued donations received during the year are always appreciated. Your gifts assist the Foundation in promoting C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety education, and advocacy to healthcare professionals, families, patients, and communities world-wide.  We are grateful for your assistance, dedication, and support and we hope the Foundation has also been helpful to you.  If you have any suggestions about how we can serve others better or share the information more effectively, please let us know.  You are welcome to email, telephone, or write to the Foundation at any time.

We certainly look forward to your continued CDF Volunteer Membership in the Foundation.  There is so much more that needs to be accomplished and we continue to move forward together promoting our mission, which is entirely dedicated for the good of others.

May you and your families experience a happy holiday season with continued HOPE for good health, happiness, and peace throughout the year ahead.


Giving Thanks And Happy New Year


2014 is just a few days away and from all of us to all of yours we send our best wishes for a happy, healthy, and successful 2014!


As the New Year approaches, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress and the progress of our community possible. And in this spirit we say, simply but sincerely thank you.


Thank you for everything big and small you do to help make the C Diff Foundation a better resource in the lives of others, a rewarding organization to work with and for raising C. diff. awareness to the millions of families and friends worldwide.


We are a giving Foundation and a lot of that giving is facilitated through each of you.  Giving makes a difference and there are so many different ways to give.  Whether it is through presentations at a conference,  joining the Foundation’s volunteer program, or donating time in November for the “Raising C Diff Awareness” campaign in communities across the globe the partnered efforts and contributions are greatly appreciated. Through the many facets of giving and charitable support, the Foundation’s mission continues to move forward in educating, and advocating for C. diff. prevention, treatments, and environmental safety worldwide.


We look forward to seeing you in 2014 and please let us know how we can help you!


Thank you and Happy New Year.

C Diff Foundation’s Volunteers Are Appreciated!

We would love to invite you to join us and thousands of others transforming their lives and communities by joining the C Diff Foundation Volunteer Program. We can’t wait to see your name on the Volunteer Program and hear about the positive changes you have made with others and within your community while raising C. diff. awareness. The Foundation will share with you the vital information, printed literature, educational tools, and support to help you help others learn more about C. diff. prevention, treatments, and environmental safety. If you have a small amount of time each week to make a BIG difference, please contact us and join us in “Raising C Diff Awareness” worldwide.

Please e-mail the foundation ( providing your name and mailing address to register.  

 Thank you in advance for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you to the C Diff Foundation Volunteer Program.

C Diff Foundation Volunteer Program

The foundation appreciates and commends the Individuals around the globe who are donating their time each week to help raise C. diff. awareness. We provide our volunteers with the necessary tools, and monthly updates to generate positive results. Do you have a few extra minutes each week to share vital information and raise awareness for C diff. prevention, treatments, and environmental safety in your community?
By becoming a CDF volunteer, you will make a difference and help spare others the pain, suffering, and tragedy caused by the C. diff. infection. Contact our office for additional information and register today (919) 201-1512.
“Here’s to everyone’s good health!”