Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu
WORCESTER – Thanks to two area hospitals, Quinsigamond Community College has received two important pieces of equipment for its Radiologic Technology Program.
Saint Vincent Hospital Radiology Services of Worcester donated a Siemen’s Siremobile Double Monitor C-Arm Fluoroscopic Unit, commonly used in the operating room during surgical procedures that require imaging assistance. Radiology Services of HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster donated a General Electric Advantax Radiographic Unit, equipment used for extensive general x-ray imaging.
“We are truly grateful for these donations. Both are used equipment, but in very good working order,” stated Linda LeFave, Coordinator of the Radiologic Technology Program (Radtech) at QCC. “Most important, both are equal to the quality of the equipment found in local imaging departments of hospitals and free standing clinics.”
The Siemen’s equipment will help ready students for actual experiences in the operating room. Use of the GE Radiographic Unit completely replaces the 20-year old system previously in the campus lab, and it will provide students with a learning experience that reflects an actual clinical setting. However, the previous system was not completely disregarded. Instead, parts were reinstalled in a separate classroom to create a second lab for the program. The Radtech program has since expanded to admit more students.
“The additional lab allows us more space for classes, which would otherwise have been offered on weekends. This is often a hardship on our students. Now, we can continue to offer weekday classes to even more students interested in Radiology,” added LeFave.
QCC’s only costs incurred with the two donations were the transportation to campus and the labor of dismantling and installing the units in classrooms. These funds were made available from the College.
Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.