POCCA meeting was held on April 15, 2003 at Shelby
Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, Alabama. The focus
of this meeting was a Vendor Fair.
Mitcham, POCCA President, called the meeting to order at
three (53!) healthcare professionals representing twenty
facilities attended the meeting. In addition to the
attendees, there were fifteen vendor sponsors with
fourteen booths set-up for interaction..
proposed POCCA mission statement was presented and
approved by the membership. The mission statement
will be posted on the POCCA website.
presentations began at 10:15. Each vendor had a
fifteen minute “window of opportunity” to
highlight their products. Vendors included Standard
Register, Medtronic, ITC, LifeScan, Cardinal, Nova,
Roche, Bayer, MAS-RALS, ABX Diagnostics, Abbott
Laboratories, Helena Labs, Beckman/Coulter, and
Diagnostics, Beckman Coulter, LifeScan, and
Medtronic sponsored a BBQ lunch.
generously donated door prizes that were raffled off
during the lunch break. Cardinal and Standard
Register sponsored snack breaks.
lunch, attendees visited the vendor tables. It was
an opportunity to see the various POC testing
devices available, try a little “hands-on”, meet
the vendor representatives, and gather information
to take back to the workplace. It also provided the
vendor reps with an opportunity to learn about the
important “burning issues” for POC end users.
were made to meet again in September or October of
2003 with date/location TBA. Kelley Mitcham closed
the meeting by thanking the vendors for their
support and sponsorship of POCCA.