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Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center

This year's Symposium will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center. Visit the Symposium page for more information.


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Welcome from the President


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

Announcement for Biomed Week
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 and we will spread the news around our biomedical community.

NCBA Board of Directors
Welcome from the President

 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!

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  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. 

Alison Lauer
NCBA President

NCBA Website Updated!
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
Newest Edition of the NCBA Newsletter Released

A new edition of the NCBA News has been published and may be found on the Newletters page.

AAMI Updates

RSS Delivered Updates from AAMI

FDA to Move ‘Full Steam Ahead’ with UDI Implementation
A top official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has promised that his agency will waste no time to promote the widespread adoption of unique device identifiers (UDIs) in the U.S. healthcare system.
Press Release: Report on Ventilator Technology Urges Enhanced Culture of Safety
Fostering an enhanced culture of safety is a necessary condition for addressing challenges with ventilator technology, according to a comprehensive new report from AAMI. The report, Creating a Culture of Safety, Priority Issues from the 2014 AAMI/FDA Summit on Ventilator Technology, sheds light on the complex challenges associated with the use of ventilator technology and sets forth a series of ideas for addressing them.
Expert Warns Healthcare Facilities: Watch Guest Access
Healthcare facilities need to perform a real balancing act with wireless applications. If management doesn't constantly evaluate facility needs in terms of apps, something will break, warned Bob Zemke, healthcare solutions manager at Extreme Networks and member of AAMI's Wireless Strategy Task Force (WSTF).
A Word from our President
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Scholarships & Awards
Every year the NCBA presents multiple scholarships and awards. Take a moment to check out what's being offered. You may qualify!
Media Partnership(s)
Site Updates & Changes

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Board Meeting Locations Added
Board meeting dates and locations have been added for 2014-2015.
Board of Directors Page Updated
The Board of Directors page has been updated for 2014-2015.
Board Meeting Update
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
BMET Specialist position posted for Rex Healthcare and BMET position posted for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Board Meeting Update
Date and meeting location updated for the May Board meeting. New date is May 14th and will be held at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC.
New Position Posted
International Regulatory Affairs Advisor position posted for The Greer Group.