Ella Franklin RN, CRC, EDAC
Director of Research, ER One Center for Building Sciences
MedStar Institute for Innovation
Ella is the Director of Research for the ER One Center for Building Science division of MI2. She is also the project manager for the Bridge to ER One, a prototype building project at the Washington Hospital Center, serving as a test-bed for new technologies and innovative design concepts in emergency medicine. Through the lens of an infection preventionist, she studies the role of the built environment in the transmission or prevention of nosocomial infections.
Ella joined MedStar Health in 2003 after 20 years in clinical nursing practice. After earning her Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and completing training at the National Institute for Nursing Research (NIH) she has served as a clinical research coordinator and held numerous clinical leadership positions in a range of specialties including: critical care, ambulatory surgery, occupational health and infection control.
In addition to clinical practice, Ella has contributed to numerous public health initiatives including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Regional Pandemic Illness Planning Committee and the District of Columbia’s Healthcare worker Smallpox vaccination response. She directed the first-in-nation mass personal protection equipment training program for a large, urban teaching hospital and assisted in the creation of a widely adopted model for boosting the number of the health care workers who receive influenza vaccination. Following the largest U.S. hospital tuberculosis outbreak of the past 25 years, Ella led the healthcare worker contact tracing in collaboration with the U.S. Public Health Service. During the 2006 Avian Influenza outbreak, she served as a consultant to the Egyptian Health Ministry and provided healthcare worker safety and infection prevention training.
Ella is an active member of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.
The Bridge to ER One, a Pebble Project of the Center for Health Design has been featured in Advance for Nurses, Nursing Spectrum, Occupational Hazards, Responder Safety, Washington Business Journal, CQ Homeland Security, ED Management, Health Facilities Management and Prevention (APIC).