RTAAB APPOINTEE - RLC Director of Radiologic Technology Kim Robert was recently appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Radiologic Technologist Accreditation Advisory Board. Her role on the board is to represent radiologic technologists across Illinois. CLICK HERE for a larger image.
INA, Ill. – Kim Robert was recently appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Radiologic Technologist Accreditation Advisory Board. Robert has been the director of Rend Lake College’s radiologic technology program since 2007.
The RTAA Board advises the Illinois Emergency Management Association on radiologic-related profession or occupation accreditation requirements. The IEMA currently accredits approximately 14,000 medical radiation technologists, of which 11,700 are radiographers.
Robert, 35, of Clinton County, is the only RTAA Board member from Southern Illinois. Her term will expire April 4, 2013. She has been a member of RTAA since 2008.
By statute, the RTAA Board’s 13 members are all appointed by the Governor and include one physician specializing in each field of nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology and therapeutic radiology; three physicians who do not specialize in radiology; a medical radiation physicist; a radiologic technologist specializing in each area of radiography, nuclear medicine and therapy; a person performing limited diagnostic radiography procedures; a registered nurse; and a chiropractor. Also by statute, an ex officio member – either the Illinois Director of Nuclear Safety or a designee – sits on the board and has voting privileges in case of a tie.
Robert serves as the technologist specializing in radiography. She said her role on the board is to represent radiologic technologists across Illinois. A resident of Carlyle, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Webster University in St. Louis and has worked 15 years in the field – five as a staff technologist and a decade educating others.
“It’s an honor to be appointed by the Governor to this position and to have the opportunity to represent technologists throughout the State of Illinois,” she said. “I’m very passionate about the quality of radiography in Illinois and across the country. The skill level and requirements of technologists who are performing radiography procedures in Illinois is considered the Gold Standard by quality control agencies across the nation. And I’m dedicated to do what I can to ensure that Illinois stays in that light.”
Her training includes previous work with grant writing and the Academic Quality Improvement Program, or AQIP, which allows an already accredited institution like RLC to maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. Robert is also trained in the practices of JRCERT – the Joint Review Committee on the Education of Radiologic Technologists. In 2008, Robert’s work toward legislation effecting the field of radiologic technology earned her the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ national “Outstanding Grass-roots Advocacy Award.”
The RTAA Board meets twice a year and its next meeting will be set after the November election, according to Robert. That meeting will be Robert’s first with the board.
She and RLC Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator Joan Laughhunn helped build the college’s program from the ground up. Since the first class in 2007, around 70 students have earned an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Robert and Laughhunn also introduced an evening program this Fall, added an online certificate program in Computer Tomography in the Spring, and are getting ready to welcome aboard another faculty member in January. The college is currently calling for applicants for that position.