REND LAKE COLLEGE – The recent donation of a portable x-ray machine from Crossroads Community Hospital to the Rend Lake College Radiologic Technology Program will provide students valuable training on equipment regularly used in a laboratory setting.
Kerri Carr, director of radiology at Crossroads, visited the college and met with RLC Foundation CEO Pat Kern and Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator Joan Laughhunn. According to Carr, Crossroads acts as a clinical site for RLC students.
“It is our desire to help Rend Lake College produce Radiologic Technologists that are knowledgeable in their field of expertise when they graduate from the program,” Carr said. “This donation of the portable x-ray machine will allow graduates hands on experience that will give them the knowledge and advantage to start their career. Crossroads Community Hospital appreciates the opportunity to help advance the development of future employees by training students in the Radiologic Technology Program at Rend Lake College.”
Laughhunn added, “A lot of hospital patients have to have their x-rays portable. This portable x-ray machine will enhance our program by simulating portable situations and produce well-trained, entry-level radiologic technologists.”
She also explained that RLC has acquired a simulator body phantom to help students practice taking radiographic images of real bones. The training device gives students a chance to x-ray human anatomy before and during their clinical training.
“This, combined with all our x-ray equipment, will give the students the hands on training they need,” she said. “I would like to extend a special thanks to Crossroads Community Hospital for this opportunity. All the local hospitals have been very supportive with our program including St. Mary’s Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s Hospital Centralia. I would also like to thank community leaders in this area. We are very lucky to have such good community members supporting this program. The dedication of Rend Lake College’s administration, staff, faculty and students is amazing. Our Radiologic Technology Program strives to put out only the best radiographers for our community and beyond.”
The premier of Radiologic Technology at RLC welcomed its first class on Aug. 20. It was a popular program of choice after being announced by RLC officials late last year. As many as 80 individuals expressed interest in the program. Due to constraints in space and regional market demand, 21 of those were accepted into the inaugural fall semester.
The portable x-ray machine from Crossroads Community Hospital is one of many instruments the public can see in operation during the Radiologic Technology Program’s open house today.
For more information about this release, one may contact Laughhunn at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1776.