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2011 CPOCT Mixer and Awards Presentation

 Kim Skala Receives 2011 POCC of the Year Award!

One of the highlights each at decoct Mixer is the presentation of the POCC of the Year award. On July26, that award was given to Kimberly Skala from Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital in Chicago. In addition to a beautiful crystal, this award, funded by Lifescan, Inc., included a cash award and funds to support attendance at the AACC Annual Meeting.

Kim Skala 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. 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.

Steven Valorz of Medical Automation Systems Receives 2011 Outstanding Contributions to Point-of-Care Testing Award!

Peggy Mann of decoct Division awards committee presented Medical Automation Systems’

Steve Valorz of Charlottesville, VA the 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 regional groups in Ohio, Texas, Florida, California, and Virginia.

Steve is being honored for his commitment to building a network of Operational 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 Pock’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.

William Ferguson Wins 2011 Best Annual Meeting Abstract Award

The 2011 Annual Meeting Abstract Award For Outstanding Researching the Areas of Critical and Point-of-Care Testing was presented to William Ferguson by CPOCT Division President Jeff Dubois.


Qing Meng Receives 2011 Van Slyke Award 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”.


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