Providence Hospital Promotes Appropriate Antibiotic Use

November 11, 2016 2:35 pm Published by

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is Nov. 14 – 20 

As part of its ongoing efforts to insure the proper use and dosing of antibiotics in the hospital setting, Providence Hospital will recognize Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Nov. 14 – 20. The annual observance is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

Providence Hospital is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

Nationwide, according to the CDC, more than half of all hospitalized patients will receive an antibiotic during their stay for urinary tract infections, lung infections and suspected infections caused by drug-resistant Staphylococcus bacteria such as MRSA. Often, though, antibiotics are overprescribed, given without proper testing or evaluation, or prescribed for too long a period of time. Unnecessary use can increase resistance to antibiotics and cause deadly diarrheal infections such as Clostridium difficile (C.diff) in the hospital setting. Two million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics in the U.S. each year, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of those infections. C.diff is responsible for up to 30,000 U.S. deaths each year.

In 2015, Providence Hospital created an Antibiotic Stewardship Committee comprised of pharmacists, nurse practitioners and other infectious diseases experts from the hospital’s critical care, pulmonology, infection control, microbiology and IT departments. The committee is chaired by infectious diseases specialist Adrien Bodet, MD, and infectious diseases pharmacist Ashley Jones, PharmD. The group meets monthly to develop policies and procedures for the appropriate use of antibiotics, gather data on the hospital’s susceptibility pattern on bacteria to certain drugs, develop methods to help promote appropriate antibiotic prescribing and provide education to health care workers involved in prescribing and administering antibiotics. The committee also performs a daily review of patients hospitalized at Providence who are receiving antibiotics and makes recommendations regarding the optimal selection, dosing and duration of therapy.

Providence is supported in its efforts on a national level by the Ascension Center of Excellence for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention.  “Ascension has been working to build antibiotic stewardship programs across our health system,” said Mohamad Fakih, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director of the Ascension Center of Excellence. “The goal is to optimize the use of antibiotics so that patients receive the most appropriate and effective treatment for the infection they actually have.”


About Providence Health System

Based in Mobile, Ala., Providence Health System includes Providence Hospital and Providence Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician network. It is a member of Ascension, the largest Catholic, non-profit health system in the U.S. which is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. Founded in 1854, Providence Hospital is licensed for 349 beds and provided care represented by more than 15,000 inpatient discharges and nearly 145,000 outpatient visits last year. Specialized services include comprehensive cardiac care, orthopedics, obstetrics, cancer, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center, and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites. Providence Hospital has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and for Hip and Knee Surgery from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, reflecting a high level of performance in meeting overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes. Providence Medical Group has 20 practices and more than 70 physicians offering primary and specialty care in offices across southwest Alabama and southeast Mississippi.  Providence Medical Group is able to provide a continuum of quality healthcare and a variety of medical services to the community, including family medicine, radiation oncology, endocrinology, rheumatology, general surgery, podiatry, occupational health and more. More information is available at or 251-633-1000. Providence is part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

About Ascension

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia as part of Ascension’s Healthcare Division. Through its Solutions Division, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.