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Officers | Mission

Kathleen David, MT (ASCP)
Tri Core Reference Labs

Vice President:
Charlie Bismark, MT(ASCP) CPP, Intermountain Healthcare

Katie (Katherine) Alsup
TriCore Reference Labs

Ashlee Tezak
Tricore Reference Labs

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Peggy Mann M.S. MT (ASCP) CPP, University of Texas Medical Branch

Steven Lee, MT(ASCP)
Parkland Hospital

Sid Strey

2022 Annual Meeting

The Southwest Regional POC Group Annual Meeting is pleased to announce that our 20th Anniversary will be held...

November 3-4, 2022
Embassy Suites by Hilton
Albuquerque, NM

Meeting Agenda
Thursday, November 3, 2022

[Download the Final Agenda - PDF]


Registration desk will be open – walk ins accepted; includes a treat bag per registrant and dinner tickets with name badges


Most Asked Questions
Jean Ball, MBA, MT(HHS), MLT(ASCP)
Sponsored by
1. Master the requirements for competency assessment
2. Learn options for documenting competency assessment
3. Share best practices with peers and a seasoned CAP inspector!
Contact Hours:   1.0 Hour


Performing POC Testing at Urgent Cares and Emergency Departments
Kathleen David MT(ASCP)
Sponsored by Tricore Laboratories
1. Describe the regulatory requirements for testing
2. Demonstrate collaboration with stakeholders to make decisions for operations
3. Design a working project plan
Contact Hours:  1.0 Hour


Snack Break with Vendors (Raffle tickets distributed by vendors at their tables)


Difference in Training and Competency
Kimberly Gibson, MLS(ASCP)CM
Sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare
1. Understand the difference between training and competency
2. Recognize training elements(CFR 492)
3. Recognize the 6 competency requirements for non-waived testing by CAP
Contact Hours: 0.5 Hours


Comparison of Manual recertification with Automated Recertification
Justin Maldonado, MLT(ASCP)CM,CPP
Sponsored by Tricore Laboratories
1. Manually recertify an operator in middleware
2. Setup parameters for automatic recertification in middleware
3. Monitor the automated recertification process in middleware
Contact Hours: 0.5 Hours


Dinner at El Pinto
Includes vendors & guests (RSVP required; ticketed item)
Directions:  10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM

Meeting Agenda
Friday, November 4, 2022

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Friday/late Registration – walk ins accepted; there is no discounted fee for ‘only Friday’ 


Breakfast for all Participants


General Membership Meeting/election/awards


Epidemics Through the Ages
Dr Norman Moore, PhD
Sponsored by Abbott Rapid Diagnostics
1. Define what pathogens are responsible for some of the greatest global pandemics
2. Understand how many of these pandemics began and
3. Discuss how these pandemics impacted history
Contact Hours: 1.0 Hour


Staffing Models for POCT
Silka Clark MT
Sponsored by Accumen
1. Describe the three POC Optimization Opportunities within any size POC Program
2. Assess Standardization, Personnel and Test Utilization for a POC Program
3. Observe an example of targeted Process Improvement within a large POC Program to find the right-size POC Oversight and Right-Test POC Utilization
Contact Hours: 1.0 Hour


Morning Break – Industry Vendor Visits


Raffle Drawing & Resume Program


Patient-side Testing Through the Lens of Health Equity
Monique Dodd, PharmD, PhC, MLS(ASCP)CM
Sponsored by Rhodes Group
1. Describe how patient expectations have evolved since the height of the pandemic
2. Describe the evolution of patient-side testing
3. Describe how point-of-care testing can support health equity
Contact Hours:  1.0 Hours


LUNCH and Vendor Time


Raffle Drawing and Resume Program


TBA Abbott


Upcoming Changes to CLIA Regulations That May Impact POC
Julie Aragon MT(ASCP)
Sponsored by Tricore Laboratories
1. Apply the changing technical consultant education requirements in the POC laboratory
2. Assess the impact of the proposed fee structure changes in their laboratory
Contact Hours: 1.0 Hour




Clinical Significance of Key Blood Parameters at Various POC Locations
Desiree Dunnett, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM
Sponsored by Siemens Healthineers
1. Recognize the clinical significance of common blood gas, metabolite and electrolyte parameters used to make patient care decisions
2. Review the concepts of “lab-accuracy” as it relates to POCT
3. Identify pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical considerations to minimize potential sources of error in POCT
Contact Hours: 1.0 Hour


Last door prize drawing/close of the fall annual meeting

RSVP Today: Click on image below Room reservations:



We seek your company’s support for our face-to-face meeting after two years of resorting to virtual meetings to continue our tradition in a safe manner.  The support of vendors has made the past SWRPOCG’s annual meeting a huge success and has been an opportunity many Point of Care and Laboratory professionals look forward to attending.  

This year’s meeting is extra special as it is our 20th year anniversary!  Time to celebrate!   Your contribution to SWRPOCG’s 20th year anniversary meeting November 3-4, 2022, in Albuquerque, New Mexico will enable us to continue this tradition.

SWRPOCG is a not for profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that relies on your contributions to provide affordable educational and networking opportunities to individuals involved in the oversight of point of care testing.  Your contribution this year will allow your company to participate in the vendor exhibits.  This includes: 

  • Separate vendor area set aside from the meeting space. 
  • Dedicated exhibit time for participants along with prize drawings for participants who visit vendors.  Limited spots are available with power connections if those will be needed for your display items. 
  • Display table and draping. 
  • Dinner on Thursday night with the SWRPOCG members for one vendor per company, additional dinners available for a fee 

Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will be recognized on this webpage at and in our meeting agenda. 

Sponsorship Levels:

Sustainers $3,000 or more 
Benefactors $2,000 to $2,999 
Sponsors $1,000 to $1,999 
Donors $500 to $999 
Contributors $250 to $499 

Click here or on the image to right to submit your Vendor Registsation form. In addition, other sponsorship opportunities are available.   

If you are able to come forward as a sponsor, please fill out this form and scan to the email address listed on the form. 

Please contact me should you have any questions.  We’re looking forward to seeing you in November! 

Kathleen David, President 

Group Mission: 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.  Educational opportunities for individuals responsible for the administration of Point of Care Testing are 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.  Return to Home Page • Last updated:  09/2/2020

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