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WCA SCHOOL OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY MARKS 40TH COMMEMORATIVE GRADUATION

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WCA Radiologic Technology Class of 2009 graduates, Barbara D. Stack (JRCERT Award Recipient), Brian W. Seastedt, Jennifer L. Kilburn, Lindy R. Johnson (Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award Recipient), Nicholas L. Hummerich, Renee A. Benson, Christina Slojkowski, Program Director; Amanda Bender, Head Clinical Instructor; Mrs. Judith Burgett, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Chair.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, June 12, 2009)—The 40th commencement of the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology proved to be an exceptional graduation night for the Class of 2009 as six students received their certificates and graduation pins on a milestone occasion for the school. 
Renee A. Benson, Nicholas L. Hummerich, Lindy R. Johnson, Jennifer L. Kilburn, Brian W. Seastedt, and Barbara D. Stack received their certificates and join the 173 graduates in the school’s history to celebrate the conclusion of two years of study and clinical rotations.

The Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award was presented by Mrs. Brigetta Overcash, W.C.A. Foundation, Inc., Chairman, and awarded to Lindy R. Johnson.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Accreditation for Academic Excellence was presented by James Dahlie, M.D., radiologist and school faculty member, and awarded to Barbara D. Stack.

As part of the ceremony held on June 10th at the WCA Hospital Auditorium, more than 75 family members, friends and hospital leadership enjoyed a commemorative video presentation, “A Look Back At 40 Years,” produced by Christina Slojkowski, Program Director, to honor the school’s 40th anniversary. 

Mr. Vincent Messina, Senior Radiologic Technologist at WCA and graduate of the Class of 1969 (the first graduating class of the School of Radiologic Technology) delivered the commemorative message.  “We’ve come a long way in forty years,” said Messina.  “When our class attended the school, the department was equipped with only three diagnostic rooms.  Today, we have many new modalities and technologies that did not exist forty years ago. Now, forty years later, we are very pleased to report that 173 students have graduated from our school and successfully entered the work market in various radiology fields. I know this class will go on to make WCA and the School of Radiologic Technology very proud. I assure you that you have been given the tools to excel wherever your career may take you. Tonight is a very special evening in many respects and we are delighted that we are here to celebrate this extraordinary occasion with you.”

Christina Slojkowski, School Program Director and Master of Ceremony congratulated the graduates and special guests and extended thanks to Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO, and hospital leadership for their continued support of the school. The invocation was given by Steven D. Kilburn, husband of Jennifer Kilburn, Graduate of the Class of 2009.  Mrs. Judith Burgett, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Chair, and Amanda Bender, Clinical Director at the School of Radiologic Technology, presented the students with certificates and class pins.

The graduation ceremony included remarks from Dr. James Dahlie, board certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital, whose keynote message was to expect the best of one’s self because what the graduate carries out today will have a profound effect on tomorrow.

“This is the 32nd year in which I have had the privilege to work as a diagnostic radiologist at WCA Hospital,” said Dr. Dahlie.  “I would like to thank all of you for attending our ceremony that appropriately recognizes the accomplishments of these six soon-to-be new graduates.  Our radiology staff and hospital management is very proud of you!”

He urged the students to take advantage of opportunities placed before them and seize the moment whenever they could. “This is your field now,” Dr. Dahlie said.  “What you do as an individual to protect it, improve it, and promote it is up to you.  Take pride in your work and your appearance.  Do not let others perform poor work as it devalues your whole profession.  Continue your education every chance you get.”

He challenged the graduates to remember that each one of them is important and what they do does make a difference.  “Get involved in your communities, schools and churches and let people know what you do for a living,” he said. 

Dr. Dahlie encouraged the students to look beyond their local geographical area for life and career opportunities.  “Discover America; it’s an amazing place and it has been my experience that, by-and-large, people are great everywhere.  Step out and see new places, even if you have to begin working outside your new vocation and, lastly, always expect the best of yourself.”

Mrs. Brigetta Overcash, W.C.A. Foundation, Inc., Chairman, presented Lindy Johnson the 2009 Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award.  “Lindy is an excellent example of what the Murray S. Marsh Award stands for,” said Mrs. Overcash.  “Lindy’s drive to achieve a distinguished grade point average along with her personal traits and commitment to her patients and community health are characteristics we look for in great caregivers.  It is this combination that has earned her the outstanding student award.  She is a fine example of what WCA strives to instill in each person who enters our doors.  We extend Lindy our sincere congratulations!”

Classroom faculty for the Class of 2009 were:  Program Director, Christina Slojkowski; Clinical Instructors, Amanda Bender, Dawn Calimeri, Wendy Schmidt, Lisa Webster, Deborah Gorman, Vincent Messina, Donna Hiller; Instructors, Candythe Kidder, Gail Borst; James Dahlie, MD, Medical Advisor; Eugene Graham, Technical Director.
 
The WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology is a full-time, 24-month, hospital-based program. The classroom is located adjacent to the Radiology Department on the first floor of the main building of the hospital. All didactic and clinical courses are provided on the hospital grounds.  Because of its small class size and faculty / staff, student ratio, the program provides individual attention with an emphasis on clinical experience. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate of completion and is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam as well as eligibility for New York State licensure.

Opportunities for career advancement are excellent following the required 2-year basic education. The graduate Radiographer can further his / her career through continuing education and experience. Areas of specialization include: Nuclear Medicine, Special Procedures, Ultrasonography, Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radiation Therapy and Mammography. 

To apply to the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, log onto www.wcahospital.org or call Christina Slojkowski at
(716) 664-8366.

 
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