OVMC Program of Radiologic Technology Travels to National R.T. in D.C. Event

Friday, May 25, 2012

WHEELING, W.Va. – OVMC Program of Radiologic Technology instructor Lisa Laird, R.T. (R) and Casey Martin, student radiographer, recently attended the American Society of Radiologic Technology R.T. in D.C. grassroots advocacy event in Washington, D.C. This year, R.T. in D.C. brought together over 100 registered technologists, radiation therapists, and radiologist assistants from across the United States to lobby and advocate on behalf of the CARE Bill, HR 2104, and the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession.

“The CARE Bill was designed to establish educational and certification standards for personnel who plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments and those who perform all kinds of medical imaging examinations in the healthcare setting,” said Laird. “The R.T. in D.C. event is such a great opportunity for medical imaging professionals because it allows us to educate our representatives about the important issues that affect our profession like radiation dose reduction and most importantly – patient safety.”

Since the 1999 Congressional session, the ASRT has introduced House and Senate bills that pursue basic educational and certification standards for healthcare workers who administer radiologic procedures in each state across the country. The passage of the bill would require the establishment of minimum standards by the federal government for personnel who perform medical imaging exams and deliver radiation therapy treatments.

“This bill would ensure patients undergoing all types of radiologic procedures have the same assurance of quality as those receiving mammograms under the provisions of the Mammography Quality Standards Act,” said Laird. “Our goal is to educate our representatives about the lack of standards for imaging professionals and establish guidelines moving forward that improve the quality of healthcare patients are receiving across the country. Repeated radiologic examinations and poor quality images cost the health care system in the United States millions of dollars annually and past experiences have shown that these types of regulations can help eliminate some of that burden.”

Laird and Martin met with West Virginia representatives including Senator Jay Rockefeller and Senator Joe Manchin as well as Congressman David McKinley, Congressman Nick Rahall, and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. McKinley and Rahall are co-sponsors of the bill.

“Our trip to Washington D.C. was such an incredible experience,” said Martin. “From meeting other students and registered technologists and therapists to seeing Congress in action, we were so thankful for the opportunity to meet with each of our representatives and speak with them about the important issues that affect my future profession as well as the patients I will serve.”

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry Ohio, are a 340 bed combined organization with over 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.

Lisa Laird, OVMC Program of Radiologic Technology instructor, and student Casey Martin recently traveled to Washington D.C. for the 2012 American Society of Radiologic Technology R.T. in D.C. grassroots advocacy event. During their trip, Laird and Martin met with Congressman David McKinley lobbying on behalf of the medical imaging profession and the CARE Bill, HR 2014. Pictured in McKinley’s office are (left to right) Lisa Laird, program clinical instructor, Congressman David McKinley, and Casey Martin, OVMC Program of Radiologic Technology student.