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WCA School Of Radiologic Technology Marks 41st Commencement

WCA Hospital

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, June 16, 2010)—In celebration of WCA Hospital’s 125th anniversary and the 41st commencement of the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, the evening proved to be an exceptional graduation night for the Class of 2010 as five students received their certificates and graduation pins on a milestone occasion for the hospital.

Radiologist, Dr. Lyndon Gritters, gave the commencement address.

Kristin E. Dechert, Fredonia, New York; Joycelyn M. Haas, Jamestown, New York; Brian T. Reidy, Frewsburg, New York; Deandra L. Rogers, Jamestown, New York; and Virginia R. Shafer, Jamestown, New York; received their certificates and join the 179 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 Virginia R. Shafer.

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

As part of the ceremony held on June 11th at WCA Hospital, more than 100 family members, friends and hospital leadership enjoyed a slide show of shared memories from the Class of 2010, produced by Christina Slojkowski, MSRT (R) School of Radiologic Technology Program Director.

Mrs. Slojkowski, also a graduate of the school, Class of 1997, acknowledged the support and encouragement of families and friends.  “As many of you may know, this is the 125th anniversary year for WCA Hospital and its commitment to our community,” said Christina.

“Tonight marks our 41st graduation commencement for this distinguished school and we are privileged and honored to be part of the hospital’s rich history.  As the program director, I could not be more proud of our graduates.  You are an amazing group of individuals and I want to take this opportunity to publicly extend my personal congratulations for your remarkable accomplishments.  I congratulate you and wish each of you the very best in what I believe will be an exciting and rewarding career.”

Dr. Lyndon Gritter’s, commencement address included sage words of advice to graduates.  “Nikki Giovanni once said, “Mistakes are a fact of life.  What defines us is how we respond to our mistakes.” Malcom S. Forbes cautioned, “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”  In closing, Dr. Gritter’s quoted Homer Simpson. “Don’t settle for mediocrity. Make excellence a way of life.”

Mrs. Judith Burgett, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chair, and Amanda Bender, RTR, lead clinical director at the School presented the student certificates and class pins.

Classroom faculty for the Class of 2010 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, R.N., Medical Advisor, James Dahlie, MD; 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.  With its small class size and faculty / staff, student ratio, the program is able to provide 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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