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Welcome from the President!
1/15/2015

Welcome!

Four years ago I got my chance to be a NCBA Board Member.  I never anticipated I would one day be Vice President, much less the President of this organization.  I feel honored that this group of my peers felt that I would be fit to lead the NCBA for this year.  I promise to do everything in my power to continue this organization down the right path, the path that has made it the oldest and the largest state run biomedical society in the nation. 

  In December of 2006 I was a second year student at CCC&TI where I was entering a new chapter of my life as a biomed.  John Noblitt insisted that all second year Biomed students attend this event called the NCBA Symposium in Pinehurst, NC.  He also told us this was a chance to interact with the major players in the Biomed world, and this could lead us to our next job.  Well…I didn’t really know what to expect from this “Symposium”, but I knew I needed to dress the part.  I went to the mall to buy some new digs to wear, made sure to have my suits dry cleaned, shoes shined, and hair cut so that I might make a good first impression on my, hopefully, future employer.

I had never been to Pinehurst, but upon my arrival I was taken by its beauty.  I remember how awesome it was to have manufacturers like Zoll and Conmed teaching me about their current equipment instead of the Code Master and Bovie we had back in our lab.  I remember how festive the vendor hall was with games, prizes, and lots of hoopla.  I also remember being at the business luncheon seeing the who’s who of Biomed conducting a meeting with over a hundred in attendance.  The last thing which left a lasting impression on me was how close the biomed community appeared to be.   I was very impressed and excited about my first NCBA Symposium and even though I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, I knew instantly there was something very special about this group.

The planning for the 2015 NCBA Symposium began at the 2014 Symposium. This planning was then ramped  up at the NCBA Board Retreat in beautiful Beaufort, NC.  Goals for this year’s planning retreat included:

  • Ways to make our educational portion even better than it has been the last couple of years.  This will be a challenge as our education keeps trending upwards as you are probably aware of.
  • Find exciting and informative educational opportunities that can be presented to our members in stand-alone classes throughout the year.  These classes provide top notch training without the expensive travel and lodging cost that come with others across the country.
  • Discuss and determine what the NCBA should do as it enters the last year of its contract with the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Concord, NC.

Please check out our website on a regular basis to find out about Symposium information, stand-alone classes, and job opportunities. As always, thank you for supporting the NCBA!

 

Clint McCoy, CBET

NCBA President

 

Welcome from the President
12/16/2013

Welcome!

Welcome to the web site of the North Carolina Biomedical Association. Little did I realize in 1978 when a small group of BMETs and educators met for the first time at the Wake AHEC Building in Raleigh, that the NCBA would develop into the premier organization is has become. I hope that the next 35 years will be just as eventful and fun for those of you just getting to know us. It is my honor to once again serve as the President of the NCBA and I am looking forward to an exciting and rewarding year.

I’ve just returned from our annual planning retreat and the Board of Directors and our many dedicated volunteers are off to a great start planning educational programs for 2014. The Symposium is scheduled for September 2 – 5 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Concord, NC and promises to be one of the best ever. We already have speaking confirmations from several internationally renowned speakers.

The Symposium education program will follow the six-track format we used last year and will feature Safety, Leadership, Imaging, Information Technology, Basic and Advanced Biomed Topics. Each of the six track chairs have outlined over a dozen possible topics for each track and we are now in the process of confirming and finalizing our education program. The Symposium will feature 30 or more educational classes specifically designed for the Healthcare Technology Management professional.

The Vendor registration will open the first week of January and the Hotel registration is open now for advanced reservations. The Board expects to have individual and student registrations open by May so you will have several months to plan and schedule.

One thing that is very important to me are our scholarship and recognition programs. Please be sure to review the applications for our three scholarships. I am very proud that we are able to offer $9,000 in financial support each year to deserving students in North Carolina. Please check our Scholarships & Awards page for details about our three scholarships, plus the Shop of the Year Award.

Finally, let me encourage you to follow us on Facebook for updates throughout the year on upcoming educational programs, speakers and special events. As additional classes and programs are confirmed we will post updates for you.

Wishing you all the best for 2014 and beyond. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Concord for our 36th annual Symposium and Expo.

W. Glenn Scales, CBET-E
President

Announcement for Biomed Week
5/13/2013
Healthcare Technology Management Week is coming up May 19-25, 2013. The Board would like to know what kinds of things you are doing to celebrate in your department and in your facility. Send an email to bodall@ncbiomedassoc.com and we will spread the news around our biomedical community.

NCBA Board of Directors
Welcome from the President
5/10/2013
Welcome

 It is my pleasure to serve as your president once again.  I joined the NCBA as a student in 1980 when I was only aspiring to become a biomed.  It was the best decision I could have made when choosing a career.  I know if I do my job right that at the end of the day I will have made a difference. 

We had a successful symposium in September 2012 at the Embassy Suites in Concord and your board of directors has met to start the brainstorming and discussions for 2013’s symposium.  We have taken your feedback and suggestions to heart and are always working to improve our offerings.  We are trying to balance educational activities, social events and vendor hall time to make this years’ experience the best one possible.  If we do our job planning this event correctly, then we will have made a difference.

Our organization has always made an effort to recognize those people in our field who do an exceptional job.  In 2012 we added an award for an outstanding biomedical or clinical engineering shop of the year.  Several members of the NCBA board were present for the barbeque lunch that was given to the honorees at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro.  It was a treat for us to see their shop with the special shelf they had had constructed for their award.  They shared the local newspaper article and the hospital newsletter that described the honor.  It was especially poignant that the award lunch was barbeque.  The shop of the year award is named in honor of Kevin Scoggin, a long time biomedical professional who was also known as being an evangelist for good old North Carolina “que”.

The board members join me in asking you to take advantage of the opportunities we offer.  Please give suggestions and feedback so that we can make the association one of which you can be proud and one that meets your needs as a biomedical professional.

 Helen H. Jones, CBET
The NCBA Wants You!
8/28/2012

Do you want to connect with fellow biomeds around the state to keep the NCBA legacy running strong?  Make an impact by sitting on the board of directors!

The NCBA is looking to fill 6 positions on the board as 6 existing board terms are expiring.  Elections will take place on Thursday, September 13, 2012 during the Business Luncheon at the symposium.  If you are interested in running please submit your resume, a brief bio, and a short statement as to why you are interested in sitting on the board to bodall@ncbiomedassoc.com.  Board terms are 2 years in length and members are eligible to serve two consecutive two-year terms before being forced to "roll off" for one year. 

The very first board meeting will take place on Friday, September 14, 2012 during lunch at the symposium.  Attendance is required.  The only other solidified board meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2012 from 10am to 3pm and will be located at MedWest-Harris in Sylva, NC.  Officer elections will take place during this meeting, and attendance is required (either in-person or via conference call).  Typically, board meetings are monthly and future dates will be set by the new board. 

Thanks,
Alison Lauer
NCBA President
pres@ncbiomedassoc.com

NCBA Website Updated!
8/27/2012
The NCBA website has received some significant upgrades. Please take a few minutes to look around. The goals of the upgrades were to provide a more streamlined experience as well as incorporating membership management into the site. If you experience any issues or errors or have suggestions for additional enhancements, please email web@ncbiomedassoc.com
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Scholarships & Awards
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President's Welcome Message Updated
1/15/2015
A Welcome message from the 2015 President added.
New Positions Posted
1/12/2015
BMET and BMET Specialist positions posted for Duke University Medical Center
Board Meeting Locations Added
10/19/2014
Board meeting dates and locations have been added for 2014-2015.
Board of Directors Page Updated
10/10/2014
The Board of Directors page has been updated for 2014-2015.
Board Meeting Update
6/24/2014
Meeting location for the July 11th Board Meeting has been changed from Samaritan's Purse in Boone, NC to Duke University Medical Center in Durham.
New Positions Posted
5/22/2014
BMET Specialist position posted for Rex Healthcare and BMET position posted for the Environmental Protection Agency.