Making a difference with Point of Care Laboratories

How point of care laboratories are changing lives across the U.S.

In 2018, St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, was the recipient of a Point of Care, Enhancing Clinical Effectiveness (PoCECE) grant through a partnership with Heart to Heart International, National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and BD.

This laboratory, which allows real-time testing and treatment for patients, is changing lives, said the clinic’s Chief Medical Officer.

“We just congratulated a patient who has struggled for 11 years to get her diabetes under control. For the first time her Hemoglobin A1c was under 7! When we started seeing her, she would cry every visit because she felt like a failure. Over time she could see how things were changing with frequent lab checks, medication adjustments and support services such as mental health and family wellness.

She ended up saying we saved her life. Thanks to our point of care labs, there was no frustration over not being able to get to the lab for blood draws or getting surprise bills after the fact.  We had the results that day and were able to make necessary treatment changes, getting the most out of every visit. Her life is completely different, without worries about diabetic wounds and glucose levels. She finally feels like herself again and can just enjoy being a grandma for the first time!”

Dr. Maurice Lee MD, MPH, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer, St Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic

Point of Care, Enhancing Clinical Effectiveness (PoCECE) is a multi-year initiative that provides grants to clinics that care for underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the U.S. The grants are used to equip the clinics with essential diagnostic point-of-care testing to help evaluate their patients on-site in a timely manner. 

PoCECE, funded by BD, a leading global medical technology company, and implemented by HHI in conjunction with the NAFC, provides awards to Free and Charitable Clinics with a desire to use point-of-care testing to diagnose and set treatment protocols with the goal of improving patient outcomes. 

Applications for this year’s grant cycle are open from January 6th through February 14th.  Six new clinics will be awarded grants for the 2020 grant year.

This program is one more way Heart to Heart International works toward its mission of engaging volunteers and collaborating with partners to strengthen communities through improved health access.

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