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Six Students Graduate From WCA School of Radiologic Technology

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From Left are:  Christina Slojkowski, WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology program director; WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Class of 2008 graduates, Tara Sturzenbecker, Erika King, Melissa Haskell, Andrea Gillies, Samantha Emley, Sean Friedrich;  and Mrs. Judith Burgett, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Chair.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, June 16, 2008)— The WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology has six new graduates.

Samantha Emley Conewango Valley; Sean Friedrich, Jamestown; Melissa Haskell, Jamestown; Andrea Gillies, Frewsburg, Frewsburg; Erika King, Ashville; Tara Sturzenbecker, of Jamestown graduated recently, while Friedrich was the recipient of the Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award.

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 Ms. Andrea Gillies.

“As your program director, I could not be more proud of you,” said Christina Slojkowski, WCA School of Radiologic Technology Program Director.  “You are an amazing team of students and today is a special opportunity for us to publicly extend our sincere congratulations for your remarkable accomplishment.  I want to wish each of you the very best of whatever the future may hold.”

The graduation ceremony included remarks from Dr. Brian Meagher, board certified radiologist, on staff at WCA Hospital.  “Each of you possess a tremendous thirst for knowledge and brought a unique talent and enthusiasm to your class.  Continue with that same enthusiastic attitude as you seek your career opportunities.  The perfect job may not be the first position you accept.  Be patient and it will happen.”

The invocation was given by Mike Quimby, Director of Worship and Technical Arts at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church.  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. 

Andrea Gillies, Class of 2008 graduate, highlighted the students’ experiences over the past two years through the eyes of the students.  “Everyone knows that we have learned a lot about radiology over the past two years, but what you may not realize is that we’ve also learned a great deal about ourselves, each other, and life in general,” said Andrea.   “We have learned about professionalism through the examples set forth by the hospital staff.  We’ve learned about perseverance through our struggles.  We’ve learned compassion and humility through time spent with our patients.  We’ve learned how to be responsible professionals and what dedication is all about through our experiences.  And finally, we’ve gained an unquenchable thirst for knowledge that was instilled in us by our extraordinary instructors who refused to give up on us.  Our accomplishments throughout our life-long careers in healthcare can forever be attributed to the values we’ve learned at WCA.  Thank you.”

Mrs. Florence Cass, W.C.A. Foundation, Inc., Executive Director, presented Sean Friedrich the 2008 Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award.  “Sean is an excellent example of what the Murray S. Marsh Award stands for,” said Mrs. Cass.  “Sean’s drive to achieve a distinguished grade point average along with his personal traits and commitment to his patients and community health are characteristics we look for in great caregivers.  It is this combination that has earned him the outstanding student award.  He is a fine example of what WCA strives to instill in each person who enters our doors.  We extend Sean our sincere congratulations!”

Classroom faculty for the Class of 2008 were:  Dawn Calimeri, Wendy Schmidt, Lisa Webster, Deobrah Gorman, Candythe Kidder, Gail Borst, James Dahlie, M.D., EugeneGraham.

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,call Christina Slojkowski at (716) 664-8366.


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