In Case You Missed it...

Our 2015 Meeting and Vendor Fair was held on

June 19 at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg, VA

Over 30 POCCs and laboratory professional attended the 2015 Virginia POCCs Annual Meeting and Vendor Fair at Sentara RMC in Harrisonburg, VA on June 19. The meeting included an overview of the RMH facility (with some attendees getting a tour as well), a business meeting, presentations on 'CLIA Updates: Competency Assessment, Personnel' and 'NSTEMI Guidelines: Focused on Troponin', and a vendor fair. Thanks to Cathy Owens from Carilion, Roanoke, VA, for providing many of the photos.

Sentara RMH


President-Elect, Meghan Patterson

hosted the meeting.

VAPOCC President

Bill Hankins opened

the meeting,

welcomed the attendees.

Dr. Alden Hostetter,

Lab Medical Director Sentara RMH, gave an overview of the Sentara RMH facility.

VAPOCC Secretary

Lisa Durish led the Business Meeting and went over the

Group's ByLaws.

Cathy Yearout from LewisGale at Montgomery, was the grand prize winner of a beautiful rose bush.

'CLIA Updates: Competency Assessment, Personnel'

Sarah F. Bennett, MT (ASCP), CMS/CCSQ/SCG, Div. of Laboratory Services, presented

'CLIA Updates: Competency Assessment, Personnel'. Her talk included definition & Introductions; regulations, rationale, competency assessment policies, tips, FAQs, personnel requirements, and more.


For a copy of Sarah's slides, click here.


For a copy of Sarah's answers to follow up questions, click here.


'NSTEMI Guidelines: Focused on Troponin'

Liam Pickett, i-STAT Executive, Abbott POC, led the afternoon session on a Focused Update on NSTEMI guidelines: Biomarkers  & Pregnancy Testing at Point of Care: From the ED to Pre-op.

Due to proprietary information contained in Liam's presentation, he was not able to provide a copy of his slides

Vendor Fair

Attendees were able to visit vendors, who sponsored the meeting, throughout the day.

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