Hattiesburg Clinic Imaging Manager Featured in National Trade Magazine
Donna Parker, manager of Hattiesburg Clinic’s Imaging department, was recently featured in a Professional Spotlight article by Imaging Community Exchange Magazine. The following is an excerpt.
The people of South Mississippi are provided health care services by Hattiesburg Clinic, based in the city of Hattiesburg.
The clinic first opened its doors on May 1, 1963. Today, the clinic has grown to over 400 physicians and providers, caring for patients in more than 19 counties in South Mississippi.
The radiology service department at the clinic is managed by Donna Parker.
Parker took the patient route to an imaging career. She saw the skill it took for a radiology tech to perform their job firsthand when she was a patient.
“Honestly, I was a passenger in an automobile accident in college and my experience in the hospital X-ray department sparked my interest. I knew immediately that’s what I wanted to do. The technologist was professional, and I was impressed by the skill it took to operate the equipment,” Parker remembers.
She began her professional training to achieve that goal.
“I graduated from the Jones County Junior College School of Radiologic Technology, in conjunction with South Central Medical Center in Laurel, Mississippi, in 1985. I began working as a registered Radiologic Technologist immediately after graduation at a rural county hospital where I worked for two years, then moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, which is my current location at Hattiesburg Clinic, P.A.,” Parker says.
She eventually began to specialize before becoming an imaging manager.
“I continued to learn the different aspects of radiology and settled into nuclear medicine (NM). After relocating to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and working under a nuclear medicine radiologist for five years, I sat for my nuclear medicine registry exam and became a registered nuclear medicine technologist,” Parker says.
“After several years, I transferred back to Hattiesburg, where I became the lead nuclear medicine technologist at Hattiesburg Clinic. In 2006, I was instrumental in the selection and purchase of the area’s first installed PET/CT system. I continued to help build a valuable PET/CT department, which has now grown to a high producing and servicing modality. In January of 2008, I was asked to become the Imaging manager, which includes a Breast Center of Excellence,” she adds.
Parker says that the Imaging department encompasses a variety of equipment, including two MRI systems, one nuclear medicine system, one PET/CT system, two general ultrasound systems, two CAT scan systems, three digital X-ray systems; and The Breast Center includes one MRI, one stereotactic biopsy system, two ultrasound systems, one densitometry system and five 3D mammographic units.
The move to management came out of insights and a drive to make things better.