Co-Chairpersons: Mary Jo Grodsky Orlando Regional Health Care Systems • Edwina Szelag Health-First

Meetings: April 2, 2004January 21, 2004

The Central Florida POC encourages you to attend the...
4th Annual East Coast POCT Coordinators Conference
presented by Health First

Thursday Evening Social and Friday Conference
October 14-15, 2004 at the Cape Canaveral Hospital
Medical Plaza Conference Center
in Cocoa Beach, FL

Audience/Objectives Agenda Registration Continuing Education
Location Accommodations Vendor Fair Committee
Target Audience and Course Objectives
POCT Coordinators, Lab Managers/ Directors, Medical Technologists, Respiratory Care Providers and Nurses involved with POCT. Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:
  • Describe the flow of laboratory data within an eICU
  • Discuss methods to decrease medical errors at the point of care
  • Analyze the skills necessary to improve working relationships
  • Verbalize new insights into aspirin resistance
Thursday, October 14 Social Event
Participants are invited to attend an informal reception October 14th, 2004 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott  Cocoa Beach. You may wish to bring a sweater for your comfort at the Conference Please be sure to indicate on your registration form if you will be attending the Thursday night social.
Friday, October 15 Conference Agenda
8:00-8:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:30-8:35am Welcome

“VitalWatch: Leveraging Patient Information to Optimize ICU Outcomes”  
James Shaffer MD, FCCP

9:45-10:00am Break

“Reducing Errors at the Point of Care” James H Nichols Ph.D, DABCC, FACB

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

“Improving Relationships with Associates through Understanding Organizational Politics”
Ronald B Pickett BS, MA

1:30-1:45pm Break

“Aspirin Resistance: New Insights into an Under-Recognized Problem”
Bibi Gromling MT(ASCP) MBA

3:00pm Closing Remarks

The Registration fee includes course materials, breakfast and lunch:

Health First Associates................. Free
All Others.................................... $30.00


For more Program Information, call (321) 434-1969


Payment Options:

Check -  Made payable to: HF Center For Learning  
_____ Mastercard
_____ VISA
_____ Discover
Card Number    
Expiration Date    

Please mail your registration form and check payment to:

  • Cheryl Stumbo 
    Health First Center for Learning
    3470 North US 1
    Melbourne,FL 32935

Include the following information:


Professional License #  
Email Address  
Mailing Address  
Home Phone #  
Work Phone #  
Place of Employment  
I will attend the reception on October 14:    ____  Yes    ____  No


Cancellations The deadline for registration will be Oct. 8th.

I understand that cancellations must be received no later than forty-eight  hours prior to the start time of the program and are subject to a $5 administrative fee.

Failure to provide adequate notification will result in full forfeiture of fees or a $10 payroll deduction from my paycheck (Health First employees only).
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


This conference will be held at:

  • Cape Canaveral Hospital Medical Plaza Conference Center

  • 701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway

  • Cocoa Beach, FL

For specific directions, visit mapquest.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of Oct 14 & 15 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3435 N Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL. Please call (321) 784-4800 by 10/1 and mention the Point of Care Conference in order to receive a special rate of $89.00.

The contact person for rooms is Maria Sheldon at the Courtyard by Marriott.  They are going to work with the Hampton on the same property to add additional rooms at the $89.00 rate.  Neither property has sustained damage, however, rooms are scarce due to housing folks who have lost or damaged homes, and emergency relief teams in the area. Maria's # is 321-784-4800  ext 605.  Make sure you mention the POCT Conference. She will do her best to help us.

Vendor Fair
A vendor fair will be held during the conference on Friday, October 15 and include displays from:
  • Nova Biomedical

  • Roche Glucose

  • Roche Coagulation

  • Fischer

  • Lifescan

  • Instrumentation Laboratory

  • Radiometer

  • Standard Register

  • Hemocue

  • i-STAT

  • Dade Behring

  • ITC

  • Cholestech

  • Telcor

  • Medical Automation Systems (RALS)

Planning Committee
  • Edwina Szelag, MHM, BSMT(ASCP)
    POCT Coordinator, Health First, Inc. HRMC
  • Cheryl Stumbo, RN BC, CRRN
    Clinical Education Practitioner, Health First Center for Learning
  • Margaret Holtzinger, MLT(ASCP), NCA
    Holmes Regional Medical Center
  • Beatrice Conrad, Education Coordinator
    Health First Center for Learning
For questions or more information, contact:
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 2004 meeting schedule mailing list: Central Florida POC Network
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