Members of the 49th graduating class of the
North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology celebrated their accomplishments with a ceremony and reception June 28.
Commencement was held in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, located within
North Oaks Diagnostic Center.
Graduates include: (seated, from left) Ansley Jarreau of Bogalusa; Kaylee
Gough of Slidell; Chelsea Rogers of Pine; Megan Jacob of Kenner; Brittany
Moore of Greensburg; (standing, from left) Elizabeth Hennington of Amite;
Nicolai Cannizzaro of Folsom; Hunter Moran of Hammond; Cardell Dudley
of Springfield; Kelsey Lee of Loranger; and Korey Hymel of Springfield.
North Oaks Health System’s Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff Jarreau
presided over the ceremony that concluded two years of study for the students
involving 2,000 clinical hours, more than 1,200 classroom hours and more
than 400 exams and quizzes.
The commencement address was delivered by Michele Sutton, president and
chief executive officer of North Oaks Health System, who recounted the
role that radiologic technologists played in her mother’s 13-year
battle with cancer.
“Over the course of my mother’s battle with cancer, I observed
some of the most precious moments in her and our lives,” Sutton
shared. “She was given less than 90 days to live, but I truly believe
that with the help of our radiology staff’s interactions with her
– their confidence, positive attitude, compassion and love –
she was able to achieve the unimaginable. She beat all odds and lived
a full 13 years! Her hopes became their hopes. She never felt alone in
her war against cancer with her diagnostic ‘special forces’
team fighting by her side. Having a positive attitude is everything!”
Sutton continued, “Health care is a calling and a priceless gift.
Every day and with every encounter, you get to make a difference through
your kindness and compassion -- providing comfort, inspiring confidence
and bringing peace to your patients and their loved ones. Allow yourself
the freedom to make mistakes, but grow from them and take time to achieve
your dreams. Your future is what you make it!”
Prior to the presentation of diplomas by program director Marsha J. Talbert,
outstanding achievement awards were given. The Academic Achievement Award
was presented to Moran for obtaining the highest overall scholastic average,
and the Performance and Attitude Award for exceptional performance in
the clinical setting was given to Jacob. Dr. Rodney Taylor presented the
Dannye Young Taylor “Always Remembering Others Award,” named
in honor of his wife, to Dudley in recognition of his outstanding patient
In addition, Cannizzaro, Gough, Jacob, Jarreau and Moran were recognized
as members of Lambda Nu, a national honor society for the Radiologic and
Imaging Sciences. To become a member, one must maintain a 3.0 cumulative
grade point average out of a possible 4.0.
Established in 1967, the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology is
accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
(JRCERT). The school offers a comprehensive 24-month program that provides
classroom and clinical instruction to prepare students for careers in
the field of diagnostic imaging, which is used to diagnose and treat diseases
and injuries. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the American
Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) National Certification examination
and apply for Louisiana state licensure.
Applications for the 2019-21 class will be accepted through June 1, 2019.
To request an application, call or write: Program Director, North Oaks
School of Radiologic Technology, P.O. Box 2668, Hammond, Louisiana, 70404,
(985) 230-7805. Applications also are available online for printing