2012 Brochure


September 13, 2012

September 14, 2012

Continuing Education

Hotel Information

About the SWPOCCs

Mission Statement

Officers and Board

Tenth Annual

Educational Conference:
September 13-14, 2012

Airport Hilton

San Antonio, TX

Room rate reservation guarantee

of $109.00 per night

has been extended to August 31st!


September 13, 2012

10:45 AM

Registration-Salad Luncheon

12:00 PM

Call to Order

12:30 PM

Development of a Salivary Marker for Fatigue

John Kalns, Ph.D.



  1. Identify differences/similarities in sample types for the diversity of available proteome

  2.  Discuss the analytical methodology employed for the discovery of salivary biomarkers

  3. State the methods used to collect saliva


Contact Hours: 1.0 hours - Instruction Level: Intermediate

1:30  PM

POCT and ECMO   Theresa Mangold, RN



  1. Describe the physiological basis of ECMO in the NICU

  2. Discuss the use of POCT in the NICU during ECMO

  3. Describe patient therapy in relation to POCT results


Contact Hours: 1.0 Hours - Instruction Level:  Basic

2:30 PM


3:30 PM

Memories of The Past, Preparing for the future-Disaster Preparedness and POCT  Peggy Mann, MS, MT(ASCP)



  1. The learner will be able to identify the strengths of laboratory trained employees

  2. Discuss potential quality issues arising during/post emergency event

  3. State recommendations to improve facility readiness/preparedness

Contact Hours:  1.0 hours - Instruction Level:  Basic

4:00 PM

Vendor Exhibits and Vendor Bingo

7:30 PM

Networking at Dave & Busters

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September 14, 2011

8:00 AM

SWRPOCG Business meeting/Breakfast 

8:30 AM

ARRA, EHR’s and HL7’s…How Do You Spell That?

Marinda Trout, MT(ASCP)



  1.  State a basic history of Meaningful Use and the general requirements

  2. State the incentives for health care communities for adopting Meaningful use

  3. Discuss the purpose of interfaces (HL7) and their importance Meaningful Use-and be able to perform basic HL7 interface troubleshootin

  4. Apply all concepts to learners facility and POCT

Contact Hours:  1.0 hours - Instruction Level: Basic

9:30 AM

Consulting…Is It Something You Want To Do?

Marcia Zucker, Ph D.


  1. Describe the key elements involved in beginning a consulting business

  2. State steps to develop a business plan

  3. Discuss steps required to build a customer base                         

Contact Hours:  1.0 hours - Instruction Level:  Basic

10:30 AM


11:00 AM

Your Pathway to Proficiency Testing (PT) Success

Judy Nichols MT(ASCP) Wisconsin State Hygenics Laboratory



  1. Identify and understand the information provided in PT reports

  2. Identify how PT can be a valuable part of their Quality Assurance program

  3. Determine if PT can be used to help meet competency needs of their organization.

Contact Hours: 1.0 hours - Instruction Level: Basic

12:15  PM


1:30 PM

Top Tips for Managing Your POCT Program

Kim Skala MT (ASCP)



  1. Describe personality types that can affect Laboratory and Nursing communication

  2. Give Examples of resources and tools that can be used to enhance your POCT program

  3. Identify Methods  for tracking issues and using data to drive change

Contact Hours:  1.0 hours - Instruction Level:  Basic

2:30 PM


3:00 PM

COLA Accreditation

Kathy Nucifora



  1. The learner will be able to outline the basics of  COLA survey process                                                                       

  2. Discuss the COLA resources available and access them for use

  3. Summarize the responsibilities of the laboratory in the COLA accreditation process

Contact Hours:  1.0 hours - Instruction Level:  Basic

4:15 PM


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Hotel Information

This meeting will be held at the Airport Hilton in San Antonio Texas.


The Hilton is located at 611 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX, 78216.


SWRPOCG has negotiated a room rate of $109.00 per night for the dates of the meeting.

And the room rate reservation guarantee has been extended to August 31st.


This rate can be extended for up to two nights both prior to and after the meeting.


Reservations can be made in two ways: by phone or via the internet.


PHONE: Please call hotel reservations at 1-888-728-3031. Please make sure to give the group/convention code SWRPM to receive the group rate and group special concessions.


A credit card number of 1 night’s advance deposit will be required to secure a room out of this block.  Cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to arrival or 1 night room and tax will be assessed.


Registration can also be done by using the link below. 

Click here

Continuing Education Credits

The University of Texas Medical Branch-Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program is an approved provider of PACE® continuing Education Credits. The Texas Section of the American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) is an approved ACCENT® continuing education provider. This program has been approved for 8.0 P.A.C.E. ® contact hours and 8.0 ACCENT® credits. Conference organizers will announce contact hours and credits as well as instructions for receiving accreditation at the start of each day’s sessions.

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SWPOCC Mission Statement

Point of Care patient testing is the largest expanding laboratory activity in the industry today.  Patients and providers have access to laboratory testing results with short turn around time.  Although these tests are simple, they must be accurate to assure quality patient care.  An educational opportunity for individuals responsible for the administration of Point of Care is limited in the Southwest.


With the Southwestern region of the United States serving a large geographical and culturally diverse area, it is our goal to help provide education and networking resources for point of care coordinators and others associated with the point of care industry.  Our goal is to enhance point of care for the patient through education and networking.

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SWPOCC Officers and Board Members


Deanna Bogner, MS, MT (ASCP)

Baptist Health System

San Antonio, Texas


Marilou Tan, MT (ASCP)

Christus Santa Rosa Health System

San Antonio, Texas


Kelly Warnberg, MT (ASCP)

TriCore Reference Laboratories

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Anne Gaffney, MLS(ASCP)cm

Denver Health

Denver, Colorado


Laurel Christensen

Laurel Christensen and Associates

Kirtland, New Mexico

Lynette Hall, MT (ASCP)

TriCore Reference Laboratories

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Michelle Neel, MT (ASCP)

TriCore Reference Laboratory

NM University Hospital Rapid Response Laboratory

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Peggy Mann, M.S., M.T.(ASCP)

University of Texas Medical Branch

Clinics Administration, Quality, Safety &

Environment Program Manager

Ambulatory POC Coordinator

Galveston, Texas

Sid Strey, MT (ASCP)

Exempla Lutheran Medical Center

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

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The Southwest Regional Point of Care Group gratefully acknowledges the support

of the following companies and individuals, whose assistance has made this program possible:



Roche Diagnostics

Abbott Diabetes Care



Abbott Point of Care





Hyperion Technologies




Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH)









Additional Thanks to


ACCENT credit sponsor:

American Association of Clinical Chemistry-(AACC) Texas Section


PACE credit Sponsor:

University of Texas-Medical Branch (UTMB) Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program

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