Photo caption: From left, NCCC students Cece Otero, Courtney Smith, Interim RAD Tech Director Becky LaDue, student Randy Deom II, Samaritan Medical Center Clinical Instructor William Cain and student Kate Gehrke show off the new equipment donated to the college’s Radiologic Technology program.
Saranac Lake – North Country Community College’s Radiologic Technology program has received a major equipment upgrade thanks to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown and Fujifilm Medical Systems.
The hospital and Fujifilm recently donated a Fuji FCR Go2 Portable Unit and a FCR XG5000 Reader to the college’s radiology lab. The two pieces of equipment are valued at about $300,000 brand new.
“The old reader in the lab was very outdated and, if it was to break, we wouldn’t be able to get the parts to fix it,” said NCCC Interim Radiologic Technology Director Becky LaDue. “Both pieces of equipment are great additions to our lab and we’ll be happy to put them to good use.”
LaDue thanked Jim Farr, Samaritan Medical Center’s director of diagnostic imaging services, and Fujifilm Sales Account Executive Paul Kotecki for the donation, along with SMC Clinical Instructor William Cain.
A total of 28 graduates of North Country Community College’s Radiologic Technology program are currently employed at Samaritan Medical Center. The hospital is also one of a dozen health care facilities across the region where the college’s Rad Tech students gain valuable clinical experience. Students must complete approximately 1,600 hours of clinical throughout the program.
North Country’s Radiologic Technology program is one of the oldest in the country – but it’s also one of the most up-to-date, as new equipment keeps students at the forefront of imaging technology. The college’s energized radiography suite gives students experience positioning patients for proper diagnostic exams, and allows them to take images of phantoms – or test objects – within the lab.
The 21-month program (which includes the first summer) is registered by the state Department of Health and adheres to ASRT curriculum requirements, which officially qualifies graduates to take the national examination, offered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, for national certification and subsequent licensure by the State of New York.
About North Country Community College: As the only public college located in the Adirondack Park, North Country Community College provides educational, cultural and recreational programming to a 3,500 square mile service area with a population of 90,000. The college maintains three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga, New York; an extensive high school-based academic partnership; and online course offerings. North Country Community College is part of the SUNY (State University of New York) system. With 64 unique colleges and universities, SUNY provides learning environments for every type of student, every stage of life, and every kind of passion. For more information, visit www.nccc.edu.