Eleven Graduate from School of Radiography

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) held a ceremony today for 11 graduates of the hospital’s School of Radiography.

The event, held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Student Commons Building, honored Jacob Chastain, Port Allegany, PA, Gannon Creed, and Michelle Jurewicz, Olean, NY, Emily Crowell, Emporium, PA, Kimberly Derk, Cattaraugus, NY, Jenna Gorrell, Lewis Run, PA, Gregory Macfarlane, Bradford, PA, Danielle Plunkett, Great Valley, NY, Mollyann Krupa, St. Marys PA, Thomas Specht, Milton, PA, and Autumn Woods, Limestone, NY.

“As a 1984 graduate of the school, I have had the privilege to work with many classes over the years. The class of 2014 has been excellent, both clinically and academically,” said Jeanne Burritt, program director for the BRMC School of Radiology. “Since joining the program, these eleven students have faced many challenges related to several technological advances. Now, as graduates, I can say without hesitation that they are more than prepared to succeed in any healthcare environment.”

The School of Radiography, part of the Imaging Services Department at Bradford Regional Medical Center, is a 24-month program providing didactic and clinical instruction to each enrolled student. More than 800 hours of a student’s time is spent in the classroom, and an additional 2,300 hours of clinical education is provided through the program. Since its establishment in 1978, the school has graduated 187 students from its two year course.

Ms. Crowell, Ms. Derk, Ms. Gorrell, Ms. Jurewicz, Ms. Plunkett and Mr. Chastain earned their bachelor’s degree in radiological science from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Mr. Specht will return to Pitt-Bradford this fall to complete his bachelor’s degrees in radiological science. Gannon Creed and Autumn Woods graduated from Jamestown Community College with an associate degree in applied science. Mr. Macfarlane had earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

At the ceremony, three current students received awards from the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary. Haley Cromley of Milton, PA received the auxiliary’s Academic Achievement Award and Jacob Chastain was named the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award while Jenna Gorrell of Lewis Run, PA won the Janet Butler New Professional Award. Ms. Butler worked in the radiology department at Bradford Regional Medical Center for nearly 40 years, and her scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate the same passion and drive she exhibited during her tenure at the hospital.

The Bradford Hospital Auxiliary awards more than $6,200 in healthcare awards annually. Since the inception of its scholarship program in the early 1950’s, the auxiliary has awarded over $250,000 to students entering the healthcare field. Award money is raised through numerous auxiliary fundraisers and with generous support from the community. To donate, please call 814.362.8432.

Bradford Regional Medical Center is a member of Upper Allegheny Health System. For more information about the hospital’s School of Radiography, call 814.362.8292 or visit www.brmc.com.

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