Meeting and Vendor Fair!
Stafford, Pitt County Memorial Hospital Point of Care
Coordinator, opened the meeting with a warm welcome
“Down East” to the fall, October 22, 2007 North Carolina
POC Network meeting and vendor fair. George Williams,
Laboratory Manager, also shared a few words of welcome.
to the Heart of the Matter”
K. Ward, RN, BSN Clinical Quality Initiatives Specialist
for Dade Behring, Inc.
very informative presentation on “Getting to the Heart
of the Matter, 2007 NACB Cardiac Biomarker and Cardiac
covered the following objectives:
Difference between STEMI and NSTEMI
Identification of preferred cardiac biomarker for
Identification of decision-making point for
diagnosing probable cardiac necrosis
Understanding importance of risk stratification
of laboratory in selection of POC instruments
really enjoyed Linda Ward’s presentation and definitely
gained or strengthened their knowledge of cardiac
had a good time playing the game –“Hospital’s City &
Region.” Ice breakers are always a great way for us to
get to know our peers in the NC POC Network.
Norkett, the Point of Care Coordinator from
Northeast Medical Center and our NC POC Network
President, led the business portion our meeting.
Deb gave special thanks to Paula Stafford for all
of her hard work. As always, our meetings can only
be made possible through the generous support of our
vendors. Thank you!
Norkett presented the Treasurer’s Report that Kim
Ballister and Sheila Cruthis, POCCs for Moses Cone
Memorial Hospital, provided to her.
We were reminded
that our dues are $10 per year.
Deb Norkett also
discussed the NC Network Member List and new copies
were handed out to all members. If you have any
updates to your information, please complete a
Database update form.
Abbott Diabetes Care, had a terrific suggestion to
boost our membership. She suggested a flyer be put
together that promotes our group—education, peer
networking, new vendor information.
We have a lot of
members, but the vendors are meeting people everyday
in NC that do not have any knowledge of the NC POC
Network. They can help us get the word out by
distributing the flyers.
All officer nominees
in attendance introduced themselves and talked for a
few moments about their opportunity to be an officer
for our group. Elections were held.
hosted by Carolinas Medical Center in
Charlotte, NC in May.
The fall 2008
meeting will be hosted by Moses Cone Memorial
Hospital in Greensboro, NC.
Deb Norkett asked for
members to consider hosting a future meeting.
Paula Stafford voiced
some very valid concerns about being a single POC at an
institution and trying to plan a NC Network meeting. It
can seem a bit overwhelming. The group addressed her
concerns and presented the following suggestions to
members are willing to provide help, answer
questions, solve issues that arise, and provide
We have a very good
NC Network POC planning guide available for your
use. It takes you step by step through the process.
Hosts can receive
help with such items as name tags, attendance
certificates, speaker suggestions, manning the
registration table, meeting set-up, ect.
Vendors are always
willing to do the leg work to provide speakers.
www.pointofcare.net has lots of valuable
information for you to use and thus ideas for
anyone offers to help, please take them up on their
offer. Some hosts in the past have preferred to
handle all of the details themselves, but the
committee is more than willing to tackle the tasks
associated with these meetings as a team. We all
want to be involved.
to all the vendors who participated in our Vendor Fair.
All of the information that was shared was very much
results of the officer elections were announced:
Practices and Entering a New Frontier”
Montes, BS, MLT (ASCP) Manager of Technical Solutions
and Support Center for ITC
most educational presentation on “Warfarin Monitoring:
Best Practices and Entering a New Frontier.” She
discussed the following objectives:
History of coagulation
really benefited from the education they were given on
Warfarin Monitoring. Lisa Montes was an excellent
Round Table Discussion
our round table discussions were extremely informative.
Many of the members posted questions /concerns out to
the group. The group shared valuable feed-back in
return, based on their own experiences and offered
solutions to many of the questions presented. Round
tables are constantly one of the most beneficial
sessions at our meeting. We can learn a lot from our
our Fall NC POC Network meeting was a huge success!
the members received a very nice calculator with the
NC Point of Care Network logo on it.
appreciated the food, the give-aways, the vendor
fair information, and the speakers.
you again to all of the vendors whose generous
support was able to make this meeting possible.
thank you again to Paula Stafford for all of her
hard work. We truly appreciated the educational
presentations that she arranged for us. I know that
everyone was able to gain some important information
to increase their knowledge of Point of Care
It was a
terrific day! Thanks Paula!
President for the NC Point of Care Network
Point of Care Coordinator for Gaston Memorial Hospital