Notes from our May 16th, 2008
meeting at the
Carolinas Medical Center Main Campus in Charlotte
After a great breakfast
sponsored by Tim Leahy (LifeScan) the group was
welcomed by the gracious hosts for the bi-annual
meeting, Susan Griffin, Robin Steffenson, and Pat
O’Rourke. All of their hard work and planning was
evident and seriously appreciated.
Rita Ward, Director of
Carolina’s Medical Center, extended the welcome and
recognized the under estimated, underappreciated
value of Point of Care Coordinators in the patient
care process. Realizing the idea of bedside testing
is not going away, the challenge was made to the
coordinators to continue moving forward to reshape
how medical care is delivered.
A brief business meeting
was conducted. Sherry Gant, President of NC POCT
Network, introduced Sheila Cruthis and Kim Ballister,
Treasurers of NC POCT Network, who gave a treasurers
Dues collected $340
Income (vendors) $2150
Shelia and Kim announced
the fall meeting will be held at Moses Cone Health
System, Wesley Long Community Hospital on October 3rd,
2008, Greensboro, NC. Please make plans to attend!
Also, encourage anyone who has never attended one of
our meetings to join in and experience the
camaraderie and fun. The fall meeting will have a
“tailgating” theme with meeting participants
encouraged to wear their favorite sports team
Topics for the meeting
will include 15 minute vendor presentations in the
morning and after lunch a representative from CAP
will be on hand to address regulatory issues. Please
submit questions prior to the meeting to Shelia
or Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Joyce Bowers is working on
a test menu sheet which will include each facility
and a list of tests with instrumentation to be
available on the website.
Dr. James Nichols,
Associate Professor of Pathology at Tufts University
School of Medicine and Medical Director of Clinical
Chemistry at Baystate Health, presented “Point of
Care Testing in the ED: Performance Improvement and
Dr. Sheldon Campbell ,
Department of Laboratory Medicine at Yale University
School of Medicine, presented “Rapid HIV Testing at
the Point of Care”. Also, Dr. Sheldon inspired us
with his very own original blues tune “Point of
Coordinator Blues” (look for it on iTunes
soon). A great way to end our session!
We ended are meeting with
a round table discussion with any regulatory issues
and topics currently posing problems and concerns.
This is always a great opportunity to learn and
glean information from our knowledgeable peers.
Next meeting scheduled for
October 3, 2008, Moses Cone Health System, Wesley
Long Community Hospital. Check website for details.