With a video depicting an infection prevention biathlon, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis received more than 10,000 votes and was named the winner of the 3M Innovation Award. The contest invited healthcare facilities across the country to showcase original ways of improving patient care and helping to reduce the risk for healthcare-associated infections through video or written submissions. As the winner, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center will be awarded a $5,000 educational grant from 3M to continue their innovative initiative, as well as an expense-paid trip to 3M to meet with the Infection Prevention Division and participate in educational opportunities with 3M’s Infection Prevention experts. 

3M also awarded $1,000 grants to five runners up, including:

  • Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, San Luis Obispo, California.
  • Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Pella Regional Health Center, Pella, Iowa.
  • Harrington Hospital, Southbridge, Massachusetts.

Fourteen finalists met all eligibility requirements and participated in public voting to determine the winner and runners up.  More than 36,000 votes were cast throughout the two-week voting period.  he St. John’s Mercy Medical Center submission along with the others runners up, can be viewed at

Healthcare-associated infections are among the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S., responsible for approximately 100,000 deaths a year – more than mortality from AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents combined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates overall annual direct medical costs of HAIs to U.S. hospitals range from $28.4 billion to $45 billion.  The benefits of prevention range from a low of $5.7 billion (20 percent of infections preventable) to a high of $31.5 billion (70 percent of infections preventable).