The first meeting of the "Upstate New York POCT Group" met on October 29, 2003 at Highland Hospital, Rochester, New York.


The attendees were:

  • Dr. Julietta Fiscella, Assistant Director of Laboratories,
    Highland Hospital

  • Denise Danzi-Rotolo, Highland Hospital

  • Michele Heckler, Strong Memorial Hospital

  • Diana McGee, ACM Lab, Unity Health

  • Valerie McDowell, Veterans Hospital, Buffalo, New York

  • Gretchen Smith, ViaHealth Rochester General Hospital

  • Kay DeMarco, ViaHealth Rochester General Hospital

  • Cheryl Conkling, Centrex Clinical Laboratories,
    New Hartford, New York

Officers were elected for a one year term they are as follows:

  • President: Denise Danzi-Rotolo, Highland Hospital

  • Vice President: Michele Heckler, Strong Memorial

  • Treasurer: Valerie McDowell, Veterans Hospital, Buffalo

  • Secretary: Cheryl Conkling, Centrex Clinical Laboratories,
    New Hartford, NY

Mission Statement:


The Upstate New York Point of Care group is a collaborative group of POCT Coordinators who have joined together to support each other by openly sharing of ideas, regulatory compliance concerns, new industry technologies and to create a resource network for all of our POCT needs.


Meeting Summary:


Our first meeting consisted of all members filling out a form that contained information of what we expect from this group, our special talents (i.e.. computer skills, etc.), helping with special projects, topics of interest, the tests performed at each facility, brand names of the instruments used in performing each of these point of care test.


It was an exciting evening and we look forward to gathering and exchanging ideas at our future meetings.


Next Meeting:

Our next meeting will be on Monday, December 8th, 4:30-6:00pm at Rochester General Hospital.  Denise will contact a vendor for a presentation related to Point of Care Testing, no longer then one hour after which our second meeting will take place.

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