St. Louis Natives Set Out To Reduce HAIs
After 25 years of talking to hospital administrators and infection control officials, Thom Wellington felt that the knowledge of reducing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) could be more easily delivered with an online training portal. Wellington and his partner, Tom Sears, created Infection Control University (ICU) to be a leading provider of managing risks and reducing HAIs. ICU recently launched a new online learning center that provides Infection Control Awareness training certification to all hospital and vendor employees who work in healthcare facilities. ICU is a cloud-based learning center that provides staff and vendors with 24/7 access to information and proven techniques to help reduce HAIs, all at no cost to the hospital.
“Our program is an active training environment with monthly updates and inclusion of new regulations and topics on a regular basis,” said Wellington. “Healthcare employees and vendors can connect to our cloud-based application 24/7 via desktop computer or through any smart device.”
To help launch ICU, Wellington turned to Tom Sears, Co-Founder of Research Based Solutions, a recognized leader in performance management for sales and service organizations. Sears is a learning and behavioral management expert who helped launch the internationally recognized research organization in 2011. The company creates and sells behavior-based assessments and sophisticated learning management systems that are used around the world to improve productivity, reduce turnover, and prepare individuals for success. With this background, Sears established a plan for ICU’s success.
“ICU is available to hospitals at no cost and features a state-of-the-art Learning Management System,” said Sears, Co-founder and VP of Strategic Relationships at ICU. “Along with an Infection Control Awareness training certification, the patent-pending training program meets American Institute of Architects (AIA) protocols, saves valuable time, enforces safer work practices and helps to promote a much safer, healthier facility. These elements meet the requirements of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
Wellington currently serves as CEO and co-founder of Infection Control University as well as Wellington Environmental, a leading provider in engineering, consulting and remediation services to hospitals, corporations, and universities in the Midwest. Before starting his own companies, Wellington earned his Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Saint Louis University and Specialized Training from Georgia Institute of Technology.
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