Top Notch Speakers and a
Record Audience Was On Hand
at the Recent POCCA meeting

37 representatives from 27 hospitals and 16 representatives from 13 vendors were present at the recent Point-of-Care Coordinators of Alabama meeting held on Thursday, October 30, 2003 at the Tyler Center Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, Anniston, AL.

Dr. Sharon Erhmeyer led two of the presentations, "Building a Top Notch POC Program" and "Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk: Meeting Inspector’s with Confidence". each were informative and provided a great deal of education to the group.  To view her presentations, click on either of the titles above.  You can also right click on the title, select "Save Target As" and then save the file to you computer hard drive. Beckman-Coulter graciously sponsored one of Dr. Erhmeyer's books and provided one to each facility represented.

Helen Shelly spoke on "CLIA Regulations in POCT Environments" and it was very interesting hearing the "surveyor's side of the story".  To view her presentation, click on the title above. You can also right click on the title, select "Save Target As" and then save the file to you computer hard drive.

Carol Riley-Hunte capped off the day with an informative look at "CAP Regulations in POCT Environments".  Her presentation was fun and delightful.  To view her presentation, click on the title above. You can also right click on the title, select "Save Target As" and then save the file to you computer hard drive.

Thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this day so successful.

  • Biosite/Fischer: Dr. Ehrmeyer
  • Medtronic: Helen Shelly
  • Bayer Diagnostics: Carol Riley-Hunte
  • Dade Behring: Lunch
  • Cardinal Healthcare: Snacks
  • ITC: Pens, pads, door prize
  • Beckman/Coulter: Poor Man’s Guide
  • MAS/RALS: Website/Invitations
  • NEARM: Meeting Facility

Speaker Bios

Sharon Ehrmeyer, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)

  • Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

  • Director, MT/CLS

  • 608 262 0859;608 262 9520 (fax)

  • 608 836 8027 (fax)


Sharon Ehrmeyer, Ph.D., MT (ASCP), is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Program at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Ehrmeyer currently is the secretary of the AACC’s Critical and POCT Division, a member of ASCP’s Board of Governors, and the section editor of the Regulatory Affairs column in “Point of Care,” the journal of near patient testing and technology.  Her interests focus on laboratory quality issues including the impact of laboratory regulations on laboratory practices and POCT. She has written numerous book chapters and journal articles and has presented these interests nationally and internationally.   

Helen Shelly, MT(ASCP)

Helen Shelly, B.A., MT (ASCP) is an independent laboratory consultant. She is the technical consultant for 14 Birmingham area laboratories.

Ms. Shelly graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She received a certificate of Medical Technology from the Vanderbilt University School of Allied Health. She worked with the Tennessee Department of Public Health from 1983-1998 as a State and CLIA Laboratory Surveyor. She worked with the Alabama Department of Public Health as a part time contract CLIA Laboratory Surveyor from 8-99 to 8-03.

Carol Hunte, RRT

Carol Hunte, RRT is a Senior Customer Education Specialist for Bayer HealthCare, Diagnostics Division since 1996.  One of her key responsibilities is to provide Regulatory training and information to customers at Bayer Diagnostics educational seminars.


Ms. Hunte graduated as a Respiratory Therapist from New York University/Bellevue School of Respiratory Care.  She worked as a Program Director of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Respiratory Therapy Program from 1981-1991. Later she became the Clinical Supervisor of Respiratory Service & the Manager of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics for the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (1992-1996).  She completed the CAP Inspector Training (August 2002) and is licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs.  


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