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PeaceHealth infection prevention leader earns national recognition

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Vancouver, Wash. – PeaceHealth Director of Infection Prevention Catherine Kroll has been named a national recipient of the Catholic Health Association’s Tomorrow’s Leaders award for 2021.

The national award honors dedicated, high-performing individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic healthcare. Catherine was recognized during CHA’s virtual Catholic Health Assembly in June.

In a year when infection prevention has never been more important, Catherine has been invaluable in leading practices across PeaceHealth ensuring the safety of patients, caregivers and communities, with an unwavering dedication to community collaboration and safeguarding the most vulnerable.

In her more than seven years at PeaceHealth, she has been a highly impactful leader driving successful initiatives across the health system to prevent healthcare-associated infections. She consistently goes above and beyond to uphold PeaceHealth’s mission as a collaborative, always positive, servant leader with the natural ability to forge partnerships inside and outside the organization.

Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Catherine served in various public health roles at the local, state and national levels. She is passionate about community service and is actively involved in the Southwest Washington community. She was also recently honored with the 2020 Senior Heroes Award for her dedication to patient safety for seniors in Clark County, as well and Boy Scouts of America Cascade Pacific Council’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

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About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission.