IHA Innovation Challenge Implementation Playbook

Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP)



The aim of this Implementation Playbook is to spread this innovation that reduces broad spectrum antibiotic use, decreases resistance to antibiotics, and lowers unnecessary costs. Saint Anthony Hospital, a community hospital in Chicago, developed a strategy for implementing the CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in an effort to ensure compliance with The Joint Commission standard.

Their team designed a process that included the development of treatment guidelines and a tracking and monitoring tool to support their pharmacy staff. These guidelines increased staff’s comfort with making recommendations, decreased broad spectrum antibiotic use, and decreased expenditures after the intervention.

The Cast of Characters

The storyline behind the Playbook involves these wonderful people, places and organizations

Innovation Challenge Awardee

Alfredo J. Mena Lora, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist

Saint Anthony Hospital Chicago

Spread Partner

Mike Curulewski, PHARMD, BCPS, BCIDP, BCGP

Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist

Franciscan Health Olympia Fields

Innovation Challenge Awardee

Martin Cortez. PHARMD,


Saint Anthony Hospital Chicago

What Have we Achieved?

Below is a snapshot of some of the statistics that we’ve seen as a result of implementing this playbook:


Decrease in Clostridiodes Difficile Infection


Reduction in Antibiotic Expenditures


Decrease in Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Use

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