The complete schedule and registration for the OSRT 85th Conference and Annual Meeting is now available here!
Dear Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals,
It’s a new year… a year filled with change, challenges, and hopes. As my term as President is quickly coming to an end, I am proud of the things we have accomplished and anticipate the many challenges the Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists will face in the year ahead. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent you.
A new year, a new healthcare environment!
No one can ignore the rapidly changing environment of healthcare. In times when everyone is looking to curb costs, we find ourselves defending the value of what we do. Our facilities are fighting for reimbursement on exams where the benefits are evident, such as breast tomography and exams performed by RPAs. We agree with the American College of Radiology and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists that appropriate, quality imaging provides the necessary tools and information to save lives, shorten expensive hospitalizations and allow correct diagnoses resulting in more efficient and cost-effective healthcare.
Grass Roots Advocacy: The OSRT and ASRT continue to advocate on behalf of its members on the key issues regarding minimum education standards for radiologic technologists and reimbursement for Radiologic Practitioner Assistant exams. Advocacy is a multifaceted activity that requires effort from each of us. We are fortunate to have the expertise of Virginia Vanderford and Randy Harp, as well as other dedicated volunteers to keep us informed of issues that affect our profession and the safety of our patients. Grass Roots Advocacy has proven very effective with the involvement of a broad base of individuals getting the attention of Oregon elected officials to help shape policy. Grass roots means your state, your town, your neighborhood…. a small investment of time can have a major impact in protecting the future of our profession. I urge you to become involved in the advocacy process in this critical time of change. Take the next step to commit to your profession, your future, and your patients. Be a champion for your profession and your patients. Let your voice be heard.
Membership Growth: The Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists are dependent on members for support, growth and leadership. I believe strongly that the OSRT delivers incredible value for our members and that the small investment in membership dues is more than outweighed by the benefits of the many hard-fought victories won by the OSRT in the past. Once again, I ask your help. Please discuss the Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists with your colleagues and encourage them to join. Tell them about the importance of the OSRT in providing leadership in issues of quality healthcare in medical imaging and radiation therapy. Our website continues to be an excellent resource for members to learn more. Please share this message, and our website (www.oregonsrt.org) with your colleagues to help strengthen your case for their involvement in a dynamic future.
Volunteer: Most members fail to see the committed web, or foundation, of individuals that year after year provide the core of the Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists. These dedicated volunteers share their talents and energy to fight for the greater good in the imaging profession. The combined knowledge they exhibit is staggering. It is an honor to find myself among them. I have relied on their expertise at board meetings and continuing education functions. They command your respect and mine. Now it’s your turn to shine. Come to a board meeting. Volunteer on a committee. Stretch your wings, share your talents and learn from the best. It is a great experience to collaborate for a common cause.
I look forward to another productive year for the Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists. As my term comes to an end, I must reiterate that this has been the greatest challenge and responsibility I have faced. I have enjoyed every minute of being your representative and your voice in our profession. I will continue to commit to you, to our profession and to the Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists. Thank you for your continued support.
The Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists