OVMC Program of Radiologic Technology Graduates 9

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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WHEELING, W.Va. – Ohio Valley Medical Center’s Program of Radiologic Technology held its 57th annual graduation ceremony last week, recognizing nine students who have successfully completed the hospital’s rigorous 24-month program.

On Friday, May 18, clinical instructors Lynn Shaw, Lisa Laird, Sherrie Orlofske, and program director Cathy Ball joined with graduates’ friends and family to recognize program graduates Gina Bernardo, Joy Barcroft, Megan Holmes, Sami West, Nicole Cumpston, Michelle Feist, Anna McCombs, Kyle Johnson, and Heather Archer, and present each student with their diploma and graduation pins.

“We are so proud of each of our graduates and wish them the greatest success and best wishes on their future endeavors,” said Cathy Ball, program director. “Radiology is one of the fastest growing and increasingly important fields in medicine today. Our extensive classroom and clinical training modules prepare our students for beginning their careers in medical imaging upon graduation.”

Awards were given to the following students for outstanding achievement in various areas: The Edward Mallinckrodt Award for didactic excellence was awarded to Megan Holmes; The Imaging System Specialist Award for clinical excellence was awarded to Sami West; The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Award for excellence in the area of attendance was awarded to Kyle Johnson; and the OVMC Program of Radiologic Technology Award for the highest score on the final exam was presented to Kyle Johnson.

“Our program has a tradition of ‘a standard of excellence’ and it continues to be met by our students year after year,” said Ball. “We have a 100 percent pass rate and our graduates continue to rank among the ninetieth percentile on national registry testing. We continue to provide a great environment for dedicated and committed students who leave our program equipped to provide the best possible healthcare services to our patients.”

This year’s graduation also marked the graduation of the program’s first Lambda Nu representatives – Heather Archer, Megan Holmes, and Kyle Johnson.

“We are thrilled to provide the Lambda Nu membership opportunity for our students,” said Lisa Laird, clinical instructor and Lambda Nu chapter director. “Our students work so hard each and every day and we are proud of their commitment to exemplary scholarship and achievement. By working hand-in-hand with radiologic imaging professionals in a real world setting each day, they are on their way to becoming experienced professionals in the radiologic imaging industry.”

Guest speakers for the graduation ceremony included Vicki Novick representing OVHS&E Administration; Dr. James Patrizi, representing the radiology group at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital; Brianne Crall, B.S., R.T.(R), representing the hospitals’ imaging technologists; Joe Wilcox, representing the freshman class; and Kyle Johnson, representing the graduating class.

OVMC’s Radiologic Technology Program was established in 1954 with the first class graduating in 1955. The competitive two-year program is the area’s only hospital-based radiologic technology program and continues a tradition of excellence in education in its accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The program follows the curriculum set forth by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. After completing the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology exam. Successful completion of the exam qualifies the graduate as a registered radiology technologist.

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.