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2011 CPOCT Division Awards

Kim Skala Named 2011 POCC of the Year!

The CPOCT Awards Committee has announced that Kim Skala, MT (ASCP) Point of Care Coordinator ACL Laboratories, Advocate Christ Medical Center & Hope Children’s Hospital, Oak Lawn, Ill., has been named the 2011 POCC of the Year. Kim, will receive the award during the CPOCT Division Mixer on Tuesday, July 26, during the AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo. 

Kim began her career at Advocate Christ Medical Center in 1981. Advocate Healthcare includes 10 acute care hospitals and 2 children’s hospitals and is recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 health systems. Kim has been involved with POCT since 1998. The program at her site has grown to 20 POC tests and approximately 2700 operators. Kim is involved with numerous multidisciplinary teams including the Culture of Safety Program, Diabetes Management Task Force, Performance Improvement and the Advocate System-wide Patient Identification Team.

As part of ACL Laboratories ( a joint venture between Advocate (IL) Healthcare and Aurora (WI) Healthcare, she co-chairs the ACL POCT Technical Advisory Team and is involved in system standardization across multiple test platforms and information systems working to meet the diverse needs of caregivers and patients across two states and 22 hospitals.

Kim has been an active member of the Tri-State POC Network since its inception in 2001. She is a speaker on POCT for CLS students and current laboratory professionals. As a member of the CPOCT Division, Kim enjoys the AACC Mentoring program.

Kim was a presenter at the AACC Annual Meeting in Chicago (2009) for the POCC Forum and has contributed articles to several professional publications. At the 2010 AACC International Point of Care Symposium in Boston she presented an abstract on reduction of patient identification errors.


Qing He Meng, MD, PhD Awarded 2011 VSF CPOCT Research Grant

The 2011 VSF Critical and Point-of-Care testing Research grant was awarded to Qing He Meng, MD, PhD - Clinical Chemist, Associate Director, Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology & Lab Medicine, Royal University Hospital, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, for his project entitled “D-Lactate Predicts the Severity of Diabetic Ketoacidosis”.

The Van Slyke Foundation (VSF) $5,000 Point-of-Care Testing Research Grant, supported by the Critical and Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) Division, is to fund POCT outcome studies. This grant is targeted to clinical laboratorians who need limited research funds to explore new ideas in areas where funds are not normally available.


William J. Ferguson Awarded for Outstanding Research
in Critical Care or Point-of-Care Testing

The 2011 Award for Outstanding Research in Critical and Point-of-Care testing was awarded to William J. Ferguson, UC Davis, California, for “Dynamic Temperature and Humidity Profiles for Assessing the Suitability of Point-of-Care Testing During Emergencies and Disasters”.


Steve Valorz Receives Outstanding Contributions to Point-of-Care Testing Award

The AACC CPOCT Division selected Medical Automation Systems’ Steve Valorz of Charlottesville, VA to receive its Outstanding Contributions to Point-of-Care Testing Award in 2011.

Steve was nominated for this award, which has only been given twice before, by five POC coordinators representing POC regional groups in Ohio, Texas, Florida, California, and Virginia. Steve is being honored for his commitment to building a network of POC regional organizations throughout the United States and helping to advance recognition of point-of-care specialists and coordinators within the healthcare community.

Steve launched and supports the website as a platform for communication, networking, and education among point-of-care coordinators. This website now serves over 30 regional POC groups totally more than 1,500 POCCs. Steve was also influential in starting Afterglow, a social event which first took place in 2005 at the AACC Annual Meeting and which has continued annually since then. It has evolved into the “social event of the year” where POCC’s from around the world can meet and have fun during an evening at the AACC Annual Meeting.

Steve also actively supports the AACC CPOCT Division as its newsletter editor and webmaster and promotes communication among POC Coordinators using these media.

In endorsing Steve for this award, the nominees describe Steve as conscientious and dependable and also a lot of fun. The CPOCT Division is proud to honor Steve’s contributions to the Division and the profession.

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