West Georgia Technical College received a complete radiographic system from the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute to replace older non-energized equipment on the LaGrange Campus.
Bill Bulloch, the executive director of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute, contacted Dr. Pete Snell, vice president of economic development at West Georgia Technical College, about the possibility of donating the radiographic system. The system includes a radiographic table, tube stand and wall unit and will be used for on-campus lab use by the radiography students as they prepare for their clinical experiences. Students will learn to master radiography of phantoms in the laboratory and utilize energized x-ray equipment before they are assigned procedures in a clinical setting.
“We are thankful for the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute’s support of our Radiography program,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “The support from our community is essential to not only the College, but also for our student’s future.”
The equipment was not presently being used at the Institute, but was extremely useful to the WGTC radiography program for teaching purposes. The equipment, which is very similar to equipment used in present clinical settings, was moved to the LaGrange Campus, replacing the older, non-energized unit and is now in use. In addition to the current equipment, students now have more hands-on experience, with two very modern up-to-date labs. Both the LaGrange Campus and the Douglas Campus in Douglasville offer radiography programs.
Wanda Barbee, radiography program director on the LaGrange Campus, and Jonneen Miller, clinical coordinator for the program, plan to utilize the new equipment extensively as they welcome a new class of radiography students for the fall semester.
“WGTC appreciates so much the donation of the equipment from Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute and what it will mean in the future as students graduate and seek employment locally in the radiographic imaging field,” said Barbee.
Added Leigh Newman, associate provost of the LaGrange Campus: “This wonderful gift from Bill Bulloch and Warm Springs Institute is a perfect example of a win-win partnership between West Georgia Technical College and an employer that could hire WGTC graduates. This generous gift will enable our students to gain the valuable experience required in today’s health care industry.”