Join Us for the 6th Annual
HealthFirst Point-of-Care
Conference and Exhibition

Friday, November 17th, 2006
at Cape Canaveral Hospital
in Cocoa Beach, FL

(You may wish to bring a sweater for your comfort at the Conference)

Health First will again be the location and host for this event attended by members of the Central Florida POC Network, and other Laboratory and Patient Care Professionals  involved in Point of Care Testing.


Course Objectives

  • Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Describe how anticoagulants affect the basic pathways of coagulation cascades

  • Discuss new & changing requirements for CAP accreditation

  • Identify approaches to assure test quality

  • Describe clinical applications of the Thromboelastograph Coagulation Analyzer



The evening before the Conference, on November 16 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  attendees are invited to attend an informal reception & roundtable discussion at the Cocoa Beach Hilton, 1550 N. Atlantic Beach, Cocoa Beach Florida.


Agenda (click on a title for more information)



Registration and Breakfast
8:30-8:35am Welcome


“POCT in Coagulation: The INR & Much More…”

Michael Laposata, MD, Ph.D
Massachusetts General Hospital

9:45-10:00am Break


“Point of Care Testing & CAP Accreditation”

Patricia Darnell, MA, MT(ASCP)
College of American Pathologists

11:00-12:30pm Lunch/Vendor Displays


“EQC: What is the Real Story Today & does it Assure Quality?”        

Sharon S. Ehrmeyer, Ph.D, MT(ASCP)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

1:30-1:45pm Break


Clinical Application Of Whole Blood Coagulation Testing With the Thromboelastograph Analyzer

John L. Francis Ph.D, Florida Hospital Center for Hemostasis and Thrombosis 

3:00pm Closing Remarks

Continuing Education Information

This program has been approved for continuing education by the following:

  • Laboratory: 4.0 hours
    Provider # JP0000046

  • FL Board of Respiratory Therapists: 5.0 CRCEs
    FBRC Provider # RCE 99

  • Florida State Board of Nursing: 5.0 hours
    HF Provider # NCE 2046


The Registration fee includes course materials, breakfast and lunch:

Health First Associates  Free
All Others   $30.00

You can access a Registration Form as follows.

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Word document: November 2006 Registration Form (.doc)

Adobe pdf document: November 2006 Registration Form (.pdf)


  • If you and your company wish to participate this year, click here to review and submit the attached information below on or before the deadline indicated.


  • A block of rooms has been reserved for the night of Thursday November 16 at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, 1550 N Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, Fl. 

  • Please call: 321-799-0003 and mention the Point of Care Conference in order to receive a special rate of $110.

  • Click here for directions.

Planning Committee

  • Edwina Szelag, MHM, BSMT(ASCP)
    POCT Coordinator
    Health First, Inc. HRMC

  • Cheryl Stumbo, MSN, RN BC, CRRN
    Clinical Education Practitioner
    Health First Center for Learning

  • Margaret Holtzinger, MLT(ASCP), NCA
    Holmes Regional Medical Center

  • Bea Conrad, Education Coordinator
    Health First Center for Learning

If you're involved in point of care testing (either in the lab or as a vendor), and would like to be added to our database, please click on the link below and provide your contact information to be added to the 2005 meeting schedule mailing list: Central Florida POC Network 
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