Shared between five institutions, the grant will focus on improving surveillance for health care-associated infections using electronic health information.
The CDC estimates that each year, about 2 million infections are acquired in health care centers resulting in 90,000 deaths and more than $4.5 billion in excess health care costs.
Other schools honored were: University of Utah, Washington University, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Rush University Medical Center. CDC names new prevention epicenters every five years based on peer-reviewed grant applications. The prevention epicenters select and collaborate on joint research projects.