About Us

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How did we develop the strategies that we have compiled on this website? Through years of research in the field with hospitals across the United States. One of the primary objectives of our research has been to develop strategies to optimize successful implementation of key practices for preventing CAUTI. 

We began our work over a decade ago by conducting numerous meta-analyses, economic evaluations, narrative and systematic reviews, and primary studies that helped define what should be done to prevent CAUTI.  We then turned our attention to implementation research to see how hospitals are translating research findings and guideline recommendations into everyday clinical practices. For example, in 2009 we conducted a survey of over 800 hospitals across the United States, including 140 hospitals in Michigan, to learn more about which infection prevention practices have been implemented.  We then conducted qualitative interviews and/or site visits with 14 hospitals across Michigan to find out what worked for them in reducing indwelling urinary catheter use and CAUTI, what did not work, and why. (Of note, we had conducted a previous national survey in 2005 and site visits of both Michigan and non-Michigan hospitals between 2006 and 2007.)  In the course of our multidisciplinary work, we have interviewed over 100 healthcare workers from all levels of the organization, including chief executive officers, chief nurse executives, chief medical officers, infection preventionists, hospital epidemiologists, front-line nurses and doctors, nurse managers, and urologists. We hope that the information that we have gathered from all of those hospitals and individual interviews will be able to help hospitals across the nation (and even in other countries) to enhance how they are addressing CAUTI prevention. 

This site is currently maintained by a committee of the following individuals:

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
The University of Michigan 

Sarah Krein, PhD, RN
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
The University of Michigan

Mohamad Fakih, MD
St. John Providence Health Care System

M. Todd Greene, PhD, MPH
The University of Michigan

Jennifer Meddings, MD, MSc
The University of Michigan

Russ Olmsted, MPH, CIC
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

Milisa Manojlovich, PhD, RN
The University of Michigan

Jane Forman, ScD, MHS
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
The University of Michigan

Jason Mann, MSA
The University of Michigan

Robert Chang, MD
The University of Michigan


Institutions involved include:


The VA Ann Arbor Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center for Clinical Management Research is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are one of 14 centers of excellence within the Veterans Health Administration that focuses on health services research. 

Originating nearly 20 years ago, the VA Ann Arbor HSR&D Center of Excellence is one of the oldest HSR&D programs. Today, this Center of Excellence employs nearly 40 core investigators and over 100 project staff members.

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The Ann Arbor VA Medical Center/ University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP) aims to improve the quality of patient care by conducting research that prevents healthcare-associated complications, including infection. 

St Joseph Mercy

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor is a 537-bed teaching hospital located on a 340 acre campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital has been named as a Top 100 Hospital and is at the forefront of many clinical specialty areas including oncology, cardiovascular medicine, neurosciences, women and children's health, orthopedics, and senior health.

St John Providence

St. John Hospital and Medical Center, a regional destination hospital for leading-edge medical care and technology, is a member of St. John Providence Health System. SJPHS provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers, and six hospitals spanning five counties.


UM School of Nursing

The School of Nursing is an integral part of the University of Michigan and as such, subscribes to the three purposes of the University: Education, Research, and Service.  The School of Nursing currently enrolls approximately 1,000 students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 5 schools of nursing by U.S. News and World Report. The School maintains a close affiliation with the University of Michigan Health System.