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POC Coordinators Forum


August 2, 2018
Chicago, IL
The Challenges of Point-of-Care Standardization in a Health System

Sponsored by Alere Informatics, Eurotrol, Inc., Nova Biomedical, TELCOR, Whitehat Communications, and the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division

The need for standardized point-of-care (POC) testing across a growing healthcare system is a challenge that more and more of us face with each passing year. At the 16th Annual POC Coordinators Forum our speakers will present a holistic picture of standardization that delves into many aspects of the process.  

The four areas of focus for the presentations will be:

  • Regulatory challenges and system inspections
  • Instrumentation selection, verification, and how to streamline platforms
  • Challenges of standardizing policies and procedures, education, training, and competency assessment across a large and growing system
  • Contracting and leveraging the increased purchasing power that comes with system growth

Following the presentations, the panel will answer questions from the audience, and share their pitfalls, successes, and lessons learned. 

Jean Ball
Laboratory Accreditation Program Inspection Services Team Lead, College of American Pathologists (CAP), Northfield, IL

Lilah Evans
Point of Care Testing Coordinator, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia PA

Brenda Suh-Lailam
Assistant Director, Clinical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry Lab, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s, Chicago, IL

Lou Ann Wyer
Director, Laboratory Services, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA


August 3, 2017
San Diego, CA
Nursing and POC Teams: Working for the Same Goal 

Sponsored by the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division

The 2017 Point of Care (POC) Coordinators Forum will highlight the interpersonal relationship between Nursing personnel and POCT. Our speaker, Judy Prewitt, DUH Magnet Program Director, DUHS ACNO Practice, Magnet, & Research, DUHS Chair, MedSurg PERT, will focus on Point of Care Testing from a Nurse’s perspective.  She will emphasize the importance of the relationship between POCT Coordinators and Nursing Staff to provide a better understanding of each role and how to work together to provide the best patient care.  

Following the presentation, a panel consisting of representatives from POCT, Nursing, Regulatory/QA, and Respiratory Therapy will discuss communication issues and answer questions from the audience.

Judy Prewitt, DNP, RN, AOCN, NEA-BC
Duke University Health System, Durham, NC
AACC member/non-member: $20


August 4, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
Talking the Talk… Overcoming the Barriers of Productive Communication

Leadership Communication for the POCC: Overcoming the Barriers of Productive Communication
Rick Import, President
Whitehat Communications
Charlottesville, VA

Use of effective communication skills when discussing an overdue Physician Performed Microscopy competency assessment with a physician
Adonica Wilson, Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE
Pat Kraft, Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, OH
Gleta Cremers, Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville, PA
Greg Cosentino POCC Hunterdon Medical Center Flemington, NJ
Marcia Zucker, PhD, ZIVD



July 30, 2015
Atlanta, GA
Lessons Learned from the POCT Front:  Exploring Risk Management Strategies for Quality Assurance Throughout the Total POC Testing Process

Focusing on Analytic Components of Testing
Karen Jenkins, MT(ASCP)
Point of Care Coordinator
Emory University Hospital – Midtown, Atlanta, GA

Mitigating Pre-Analytic Risk – A Case Study
Mary Jo Grodsky, BS, MLS (ASCP)
Lab Coordinator, Point of Care Testing
Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL

Focusing on Post-Analytic Components of Testing
Sonya I. Evans, MT (ASCP)
Point of Care Coordinator
Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC



July 31, 2014
Chicago, IL
CAP and TJC Considerations for Risk-Based QC Practices and Preparation Tips for POC Testing Programs

POC Coordinators Forum – TJC
Jean Ball, MBA, MT(HHS), MLT(ASCP)
Inspections Team Lead, College of American Pathologists, Laboratory Accreditation Program, Northfield, IL

POC Coordinators Forum – TJC
Stacy Olea, MBA, MT(ASCP), FACHE
Field Director, The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Accreditation and Certification Operations, Mount Vernon, WA

Risk-Based Quality Control Practices: ISTAT INR/PT
May Louie, CLS
POCT and PSC Operations Manager, Stanford University Medical Center, Point-Of-Care-Testing Departemnt, Clinical Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA

Risk-Based QC Practices
Linda Seefluth, BSMLT(ASCP), MBA
Point of Care Services Manager, Marshfield Laboratories, Point of Care Department, Marshfield, WI

Risk Assessed QC Plan i-STAT Lactate
Lou Ann Wyer, MS, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ)
Laboratory Director, Sentara Healthcare, Clinical Laboratory Department
Norfolk, VA

Point-of-Care Specialist Certificate Program Planning

The POC Specialist Certificate Program was launched in 2008 and updated in 2014. 

The faculty co-chairs guiding the recent revision:

Kerstin Halverson, MS, BA
Instrumentation Laboratories, Bedford, MA

Marcia Zucker, PhD
ZIVD LLC., Metuchen, NJ

An extensive group of POCT professionals contributed to the content of the program in the areas of:

  • Administration
  • Communication
  • Connectivity and Information Technology
  • Education and Training
  • Instrument Selection and Validation
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Quality Management
  • Regulation

A full list of faculty contributors is provided here.