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WCA School of Radiologic Technology Marks 46th Commencement


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From left: Cecil M. Miller III, WCA Hospital Vice President of Support Services; Amanda Bender, RTR, WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology lead clinical instructor; 2015 school graduates, Monika Voltmann; Grace VanEarden; Emily Sanders; Eileen LeMar; Christopher Hayes; Kelsey Akin; Christina Slojkowski, MSRT (R), WCA Hospital School of Radiology Technology program director, Steve Kilburn, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chair.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, June 10, 2015)—Six students of the WCA Hospital Radiologic School Of Technology celebrated with family and friends during at the 46th Commencement Exercises held on June 10, 2015, at WCA Hospital.  The evening proved to be an exceptional graduation night for the Class of 2015 as each student received a certificate of completion and a graduation pin on a milestone 130th year anniversary for WCA Hospital. 

Ann L. Payne, WCA Hospital Senior Radiologic Technology CT/Special Procedures, gave the commencement address.  Ann Payne’s commencement address included words of wisdom to graduates.  “You learn something new every day,” she said.  “Whether you have to adapt to a new job or learn new techniques, always be open learn from others.”

The Class of 2015 graduates are Kelsey L. Akin, Eileen M. LeMar, Grace A. Vanearden, Christopher T. Hayes, Emily M. Sanders, and Monika L. Voltmann, received their certificates and join the more than 200 graduates in the school’s history to celebrate the conclusion of two years of study and clinical rotations.  Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam as well as eligibility for New York State licensure.

The Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award was presented by Mrs. Brigetta Overcash, W.C.A. Foundation, Inc., Executive Director, and awarded to Eileen M. LeMar.

Family members of the Vincent Messina Memorial Scholarship presented the first inaugural scholarship to Bethany Chapman, first-year student of the School of Radiologic Technology Program.  Shortly after retiring from WCA Hospital after more than 35 years of dedicated service within the Radiology Department, Vince Messina tragically died. After his passing, Vince’s wife Kathy created the Vincent A. Messina Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology. Vince was a very proud member of the radiology school’s first graduating class in 1969 and loved his job, family, friends and the game of golf.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Accreditation Certificate of Excellence was presented by Tammara L. C. Hodges, WCA Hospital Director of Imaging Services, and awarded to Kelsey L. Akin.

As part of the ceremony, more than 100 family members, friends and hospital leadership enjoyed a slide show of shared memories from the Class of 2015, produced by the graduating class and Christina Slojkowski, Program Director. 

Mrs. Christina Slojkowski, MSRT (R) also a graduate of the school, Class of 1997, acknowledged the support and encouragement of families and friends.  “We value your commitment to the education of our students and thank you for your support,” said Christina.  “Tonight marks our 46th graduation commencement for this distinguished school and we are privileged and honored to be part of providing educational opportunities to students.  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.  Jobs are becoming plentiful within the radiologic field and you have the ability to expand your career into many other areas of radiology which makes this career path very rewarding and exciting.”

Students, LeMar, Hayes and Sanders shared memories of school days gone by and expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the school’s instructors, clinical personnel and school leadership.

Mr. Steve Kilburn, 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 2015 were:  Program Director, Christina Slojkowski; Clinical Instructors, Amanda Bender, Dawn Calimeri, Kristin Dechert, Virginia Shafer, Jeremy Carmen; Instructors, Robert Storms and Gail Borst; Tammara L.C. Hodges, Director Of Imaging Services.

A The WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology
The school is a full-time, 22-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, our program provides individual attention with an emphasis on clinical experience. The radiology department has been inundated with digital imaging equipment and PACS. Our imaging department consists of 2 general radiology rooms, 2 fluoroscopic procedure rooms, a general tomography unit, special procedures lab, Cardiac Catherization suite, C T (computerized tomography) suite, Ultrasonography and Mammography suits, Nuclear Medicine Department, Cancer Treatment Center, MRI and a mobile PET/CT scanner.

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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