2001 Point-of-Care Coordinator of the Year

This award is funded by Lifescan, Inc. and includes a $500 check and up to $1000 in travel support to attend the the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC) Annual Meeting.

The recipient,Lou Ann Wyer is from Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, VA.

Congratulations on behalf of the Awards Committee and Catherine J. Cox, M.D. chair of the POCT Division Awards Committee.

Lou Ann Wyer - 2001 POCT Coordinator of the Year

Lou Ann Wyer directs a team of 9.5 laboratory FTE’s and 3000 Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) users over the 5 hospitals and 3 off site facilities of Sentara Healthcare. Placed in the position of Clinical Specialist in POCT and Quality Management in 1996, Lou Ann has overseen the growth of POCT in a single hospital and the integration of ten hospitals in to 5. Her program began with 300 users and 60 glucose meters and now encompasses 3000 users, 185 glucose meters, 100 handheld blood gas and electrolyte instruments, 21 ACT instruments, as well as rapid coagulation testing, and numerous manual POC tests. She provides technical expertise for POCT system processes, instrumentation, quality outcomes, accreditation issues and the development of new programs. In July 2000, the Sentara Warfarin monitoring program was chosen by the Van Slyke Society to received a grant for Outcome Measurements in POCT funded by the POCT Division.

Along the way, she has been an active member of the Tidewater chapter of CLMA acting as Newsletter Editor, Secretary, Vice President and President. She was speaker in the the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine’s (ADLM) POCT Audio Conference this past January on Quality Control and presents at many regional meetings. She was selected to participate in the CIC user’s group meeting last fall and has been involved with other user’s group meetings for several manufacturers. She is currently spearheading efforts to organize the Virginia area’s POCT Collaborative group. The numerous letters in support of her nomination came from all facets of laboratory medicine. From front line nurses, to health care system administrators, to several different manufacturers. Without fail, all praised her professionalism and unfailing willingness to share her knowledge with all that ask. The impact Lou Ann has had on all who come in contact with her on how POCT programs can and should be run has advanced this field in innumerable ways. She truly reflects on what is best in POCT. 

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