Debra Runyan, BS, MT (ASCP), CIC
Former Director of Infection Prevention
Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH)
Debra Runyan was the Director of Infection Prevention at Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH)—a Philadelphia-based non-profit teaching hospital with 475 acute care beds—until she retired in May 2020. In 2011, Debra received the APIC Hero of Infection Prevention designation for her work implementing a securement device for peripheral IVs. Debra and her team have also won several Penn Medicine patient safety awards for reducing VAP rates and developing an environmental room monitoring program. In 2015, Debra presented strategies in reducing C. difficile to the International Congress of Epidemiology and Public Health in Puebla, Mexico. Today, Debra continues part-time at PAH.