Bryn Echevarria is the new lead technologist in Humboldt General Hospital's
The new position opened up after Echevarria's boss, Radiology Manager
Pam Wickkiser, was recently promoted to the position of Administrative Director.
In addition to Radiology, Wickkiser has now added Nuclear Medicine, Patient
Access, Dietary, Nutrition Services, Housekeeping and Laundry to her administrative duties.
Echevarria, for her part, will be in charge of the day-to-day operations
of the Radiology Department—a department where she has worked for
the past 25 years.
When Echevarria began working at the hospital in 1989, there was one x-ray
room that did plain films and fluoroscopy. "We were a department
of two people and the radiologist came from Reno two days a week," she said.
Today, the radiology department supports eight modalities including MRI,
Computed Tomography (CT), X-Ray, Vascular Ultrasound, Obstetrical Ultrasound,
Cardiac Ultrasound, Mammography and Bone Densitometry.
Echevarria, the one-time x-ray tech, is now certified by the American Registry
of Radiologic Technologists after meeting educational preparation standards,
complying with ethics standards, and passing a comprehensive exam.
She also has achieved advanced registries in Computed Tomography (CT),
ultrasound, mammography and MRI.
Echevarria was also named Humboldt General Hospital's Employee of the
Year for 2011.
It's that drive to excel that makes Echevarria stand out. "It
has been interesting and educational learning all the different modalities
over the years," she said. "I think you should enjoy what you
are learning; it is much less of a struggle to learn if you do."
In her new capacity, Echevarria is charged with assisting other diagnostic
radiologic techs with their duties, ensuring quality and handling difficult
situations as they arise. She will also ensure that all equipment is operating
effectively, as well as follow established protocols to ensure that image
quality standards are met.
She will follow established safety standards to ensure a safe environment
for patients, visitors and staff, and she will act as an instructor for
students and residents, and perform preceptor duties as needed.
In short, Echevarria will help carry out the department's three-pronged
promise to the community of clinical excellence, premium customer service
and advanced technology.
"Bryn will do a great job in this new position," said Wickkiser.
"She has been a very valuable asset to this department, this hospital
and this community, and we are excited to continue to expand and increase
her talents for the benefit of our patients."