COVID 19 – The BMC Radiology Experience
Linda Parker X -Ray Technologist
Perspective from a 45 year Veteran in X-ray
I have been a diagnostic technologist for 45 years and I can honestly say I have never been more proud of my coworkers and my profession as I have been during the Covid surge. I am sure each modality has their own stories of dedication as well. The Radiology Department always comes together and rises to the needs of our patients.
While I was off part of the time during the surge, my diagnostic coworkers were experiencing something that they have never dealt with before, as was most of the BMC staff. Almost every X-ray they took was a difficult portable exam and just about every patient was a Covid patient that required donning and doffing all day long. It was physically and mentally exhausting. They spent more time in Covid patients’ rooms than most of the nurses. The volume was unlike anything they had seen before. Yet, each day they came to work taking care of our patients, knowing that they themselves could end up as the patient. They worried about bringing Covid home to their loved ones, some of them with family members who had weakened immune systems. There was so much fear and uncertainty especially in the beginning with new information every day. In spite of this, they turned the words “Patient First” into actions and put the needs of our patients before their own. This is what our profession is all about.
Each day while I was home, I watched the numbers sadly rise for positive patients and staff. Although I felt bad for others in our BMC family that were sick, I was relieved to hear each day that my Radiology family had made it safely through another day without becoming a statistic. I also thought that if I ever got sick, I hoped that there would be a tech at another hospital that would take care of me like our techs did for BMC patients.
I want to mention the incredible job our managers did in keeping everyone calm when the information was changing by the minute. I’m sure they were just as worried as everyone else but always had a positive attitude. Malissa, Nick, Carrie and Katie were amazing cheerleaders with kind words of appreciation, treats, and the most important job which was making sure there was enough PPE to keep their staff protected. They helped everyone make it through the day when times were especially difficult. Also appreciated were the kind words from some of the radiologists and their concern for the technologists in all modalities who were on the front lines. Their thoughtfulness meant so much.
Hopefully we will never have another Covid, but it is heartwarming to see that after 45 years, there are still new generations of technologists out there who truly understand the importance in what they do and the difference they make in our patients lives. I am so proud and grateful for all of you. You make BMC a better place! Many Thanks!
HOME AND WORK
Sarah Mc Crossan – X -Ray Technologist
Dr Harp Bedi raised $18,585 for supplies, staffing and resources for two facilities in the Boston area to care for and safely quarantine our homeless patients with Covid-19 who otherwise would not have an appropriate place to isolate.
DIVING INTO COVID
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GIFTS FROM LOCAL MERCHANTS DELIVERED BY DR GERALDINE TRAN
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Nuclear Medicine Receiving Gifts from Local Merchants
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Monalisa Santos, and Bob Connors
Diverse and Resilient Breast Imaging Team.
From Left: Jill McCarthy(Mammo Tech), Kim Hartfield(Lead Tech),Samhita Joshi(Research Assistant),Dr. Fishman(Section Chief), Marsela Demo(Nurse Navigator), Melinda Tharps(Mammo tech), Zenobia Ransom(Mammo Scheduler),Rajaa Zorqi(Mammo Scheduler), Karima Thompson(Mammo scheduler), Anya Patrusheva(Project Manager)
Top row: Abby (Cath/IR RN), Beata (cath/IR RN), Dawn (Cath,IR Charge RN), Marcella (cath/IR tech), Ashley (Cath/IR Tech)
Ashleigh (Cath/IR RN), Beth (Cath/IR RN), Nicolette (Cath/IR Charge RN), Linda (cath/IR Chief tech)
Masks Created by Sara Meibom
and Friends Kris Clark and Gabor Furesz and Donated to
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CT Early in the Disease
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CT Late in the Disease