Awards Committee has announced that
is the 2013 recipient of the Point-of-Care
Coordinator of the Year Award. Karen will receive her
award during the AACC CPOCT Division meeting on July
30th in Houston.
MT(ASCP), POCC(AACC) was born in Louisiana, attended
University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette,
Louisiana, received a degree in Medical Technology
and worked at a local hospital until 1988 when she
married and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Karen worked in
reagent manufacturing for six months, but then
decided to return to the hospital setting and was
employed by Piedmont Hospital for 10 years. For 7
years, Karen worked in the chemistry department and
in 1995, became the first Point-of-Care Coordinator
at Piedmont Hospital. During her time at Piedmont,
Karen developed quality assurance programs, quality
control review programs, orientation / skills fairs
programs, upgraded glucose meters, performed
inspections and was inspected many times. She was
responsible for linearity and correlations on
instruments and maintenance on the instruments.
In 1998, Karen
had the pleasure of joining Emory Healthcare as
Point-of-Care Coordinator overseeing 5 hospitals and
many clinics. She worked with Laboratory
Administration to add to the Point-of-Care
Department and currently works with 6 other
Point-of-Care Coordinators managing approximately 1800 beds,
50 POC licenses and over 1 million glucose tests
annually. Other tests performed at Emory Healthcare
include ABG, ACT, AVOX, INR, Creat, Hemocue
Hemoglobin, Manual Urine Testing, Amnio Swab, etc.
participated in many State of Georgia, CAP and TJC
inspections and in conjunction with nursing,
developed Inspection Readiness Checklists. She has
also developed Quality Assurance and Performance
Improvement programs for all Point-of-Care Testing.
with the nursing staff, Karen and the Point-of-Care
team have been able to help streamline workflows by
adding POC testing where appropriate. Karen has
worked with the Education Department on the Glucose
Orientation Program for new employees and student
nurses. She also assisted in development of
curriculum for the Medical Technology Program.
include evaluation and recommendation of new or
changes in POC methodologies, procedure development
(with Nursing Team input), implementation of new or
changed methodologies and is responsible for
monitoring all aspects of Point-of-Care Testing.
She is the
Database Coordinator and is responsible for computer
validations and database builds. Training POC staff
on new programs is also part of Karen’s
Karen was a
founding member of the Georgia Point-of-Care
Network. This Network has had several successful
meetings around Georgia on topics such as State of
Georgia, CAP and The Joint Commission Regulations,
Charging / Billing for Point-of-Care Testing,
Communication Skills for the Point-of-Care
Coordinator and Coagulation Testing Basics.
In 2012, Karen
was part of a group that discovered issues with
barcodes printed on patient armbands scanning
incorrectly. After extensive testing, changes were
made to the orientation of the barcode with
success. This process was documented and published
in Clinical Chemistry.
include AACC, AACC Southeast Section Past – Chair,
AACC POCC Forum (July 2011), Emory Healthcare
Laboratory Advisory Committee, Point-of-Care
Advisory Committee, Diabetes Task Force
and other activities include CAP vs Joint Commission
Regulation Roundtable for Roche (2002), Day in the
Life of a Point-of-Care Coordinator for ITC (2009),
Special Awards Judge for AACC at International
Science and Engineering Fair (2008), AACC POCC
Afterglow Organizing Committee (2011), American
Heart Association Walk Team Member (2009 to present)
spending spare time with her husband, Kevin, and
their three kitty cats.