School of Radiography
McDonough District Hospital’s School of Radiography will graduate its final class in summer 2014.
Established in 1970, the two-year hospital based certificate program trained students in the medical imaging field.
The decision to close the MDH program was in response to new educational requirements that will be enforced starting with the next MDH program accreditation review. Among the new standards are the minimum requirement of an associate degree and authorization of the program as a post-secondary institution through the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).
As a result of these new challenging requirements and growing financial constraints on healthcare organizations, many hospital-based programs are closing, a trend that is occurring nationally, according to Lori Moon, MDH Vice President for Clinical Operations and interim leader of radiology.
“Over the past 40 years numerous students have graduated from the MDH program to provide healthcare not only in the local community but across the United States as a Radiologic Technologist (RT),” said Vincent E. Staub, Radiology Program Director at the MDH School of Radiography.
A Radiologic Technologist (RT) is one who, under the direction of a Radiologist (a certified physician in diagnostic imaging and treatment), uses ionizing radiation to produce high-quality images of the human body to help diagnose and treat injuries and diseases.
According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, “A career in radiologic technology can lead in many directions. Demand for radiologic technologists is strong across the country, in every health care setting. You could work in a large hospital setting, a suburban outpatient clinic, or a rural physician's office. You could specialize in dozens of clinical areas ranging from prenatal care to orthopedics. You could be responsible for quality assurance or for overseeing the implementation of new technology. You could manage an entire radiology department, including its budget and personnel. Or you could teach. The boundaries of your career in radiologic technology are determined only by your own abilities and interests.”
Staub said the four students currently in the MDH program are scheduled to complete their certificate requirements this summer.
MDH is announcing the closure prior to the traditional application time frame for students who might apply to enter programs in summer and fall 2014.
The School of Radiologic Technology is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), located at 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Their phone numbers is (312)704-5300; or visit their website at http://www.jrcert.org/
Students as well as graduate Radiologic Technologists are encouraged to join the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
and the Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISSRT)
, District #7.
The MDH School of Radiologic Technology is non-discriminatory in regards to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, and national origin or any other constitutionally or statutorily impermissible reason.
Ronald E. Rigdon, MD, Medical Director
Vince Staub, MS, RT(R), Program Director
Bill Callaway, BA, RT(R) Adjunct Instructor
Ann Whalon, RT(R), Clinical Instructor
Ronald E. Rigdon, MD
Alvin H. Weintraub, MD
For more information, please contact Vince Staub, MS, RT(R), Program Director, MDH School of Radiography, McDonough District Hospital, 525 East Grant Street, Macomb, Illinois 61455; or call (309) 833-4101, ext. 12461.