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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.



  • 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

Meeting Schedule

December 8, 2003 Meeting Summary

The second meeting of the "Western New York POCT Group", met on December 8, 2003 at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York.

The attendees were:

  • Gretchen Smith, Via Health Rochester General Hospital
  • Kay DeMarco, ViaHealth Rochester General Hospital
  • Denise Danzi-Rotolo, Highland Hospital
  • Diana McGee, ACM Lab, Unity Health
  • Valerie McDowell, Veterans Hospital, Buffalo, New York
  • Nancy Simpson, Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Cheryl Conkling, Centrex Clinical Laboratories, New Hartford, New York

Meeting Summary:

The first part of our second meeting was a presentation, "Koalin vs Celite for ACT Testing and Electronic QC" and CMS update regulations, by Dan McClain, Sales Specialist from i-STAT Corporation. Dan's presentation was addressed in a manner that we all walked away with a better knowledge of the topics. Thank you Dan.

The second part of the meeting consisted of what topics should be discussed at the next meeting. CAP preparation was decided with emphasis on proficiency, competency, PI, and method validation. Denise has sent postcards to other facilities in hopes of sparking an interest and expanding the attendance of our group. It was also decided to change the name of the group to "Upstate New York Point of Care Coordinators since the group has members traveling from Utica and Buffalo.

Next Meeting:

The next meeting will be April 5, 2004 at 4:30 to 6:30 at Strong Memorial Hospital. Please call or E-mail Denise if you are interested or need information on this group at 585-341-8458, 

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