OVMC Radiologic Technology Program Holds Graduation

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June 14, 2010

OVMC Radiologic Technology Program Holds Graduation

WHEELING, W.Va. – Ohio Valley Medical Center's Radiologic Technology Program recently held its 55th graduation ceremony, recognizing eight students who have successfully completed the hospital's rigorous program of radiological technology.

Lisa Laird, Sherrie Orlofske, and Lynn Shaw, OVMC Radiologic Technology Clinical Instructors, presented the graduates with diplomas and pins. Graduates included: Rebecca Byrne of Jacobsburg, Nicole Carpenter of Woodsfield, Kelly Maynard of Powhatan Point, Adam Messenger of Barnesville, Ashley Shockley of Weirton, Abby Starkey of New Martinsville, Brandy Stephens of Woodsfield, and Stephanie VanDerheyden of Shadyside.

Vicki Novick, administrative director of radiology at OVMC and EORH presented four graduates with awards. Ashley Shockley was awarded the Tyco Healthcare Mallinkrodt award for didactic excellence and Stephanie VanDerheyden was awarded the Imaging Systems Specialist Award for clinical excellence. Brandy Stephens was honored with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology for outstanding attendance and Abby Starkey received the OVMC award for the highest composite score on final testing.

Guest speakers for the graduation ceremony were: Jim Stultz, senior vice president of human resources for OVHS&E; Thomas Lee, staff technologist; Stephanie Stauver, staff technologist; Brianne Crall, freshman class representative and Rebecca Byrne, representative of the graduating class.

OVMC's Radiologic Technology Program was established in 1954 with the first class graduating in 1955. Students participate in a 24-month program, spending 40 hours per week in clinical and classroom activities.

Along with scheduled classroom time, the program incorporates clinical experience to develop the theory, skills and aptitude of modern radiographers. Clinical experience includes diagnostic radiology; including mobile and surgical procedures; plus familiarization with ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scanning, nuclear medicine and radiation oncology. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology accredits OVMC's Radiologic Technology program.

To be eligible for the Radiologic Technology Program, students must have graduated from an accredited high school with an academic curriculum focusing on English, sciences, mathematics and social studies.

Students are accepted into the program following interviews and approval from the admissions committee. Students graduate with approximately 1,000 didactic hours and 3,000 clinical hours. After completing the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.

For more information, call 304-234-8781.