Diane Klassen is the new manager of Humboldt General Hospital’s Radiology
She was named to the position following Bryn Echevarria’s retirement
Klassen sports a long list of achievements and certifications that show
she’s a perfect fit for the position, but perhaps the greatest thing
Klassen brings to the job is her enthusiasm.
“What I love about HGH is my co-workers and my patients, and what
I love about Radiology is the variety of exams we are able to perform,” she said.
Klassen added, “In our department, there is never a dull moment!”
Klassen began in Radiology 25 years ago—spending the last 12 years
at HGH. Here, she served as a staff technologist for eight years and then
lead technologist for the past four years under Echevarria.
And she has scored some monumental achievements during that time.
Klassen is registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
in Radiography, Mammography, Computed Tomography (CT), Mammography and
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Additionally, she has achieved registrations in Obstetrical/Gynecological
Ultrasound, Abdominal Ultrasound and Vascular Ultrasound, all from the
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
It’s safe to say that Klassen places a very high priority on clinical
“Becoming registered in a modality is an incredibly rigorous, time-consuming
process,” she said. “It requires a high level of competency
in theory and practice.”
Each of Klassen’s technologists has multiple registries, and each
has achieved national registry through the American Registry of Radiologic
A person is certified by the ARRT after meeting educational preparation
standards, complying with ethics standards, and passing a comprehensive exam.
The department will continue to welcome new technologists as well as procedures
that have never been performed in Winnemucca, so Klassen is looking forward
to teaching them and helping them excel in such a clinically challenging
Klassen will oversee some big projects in the near future too. This year,
HGH’s Radiology Department will add a new Fluoroscopy room complete
with a second X-ray machine. A new Mammography machine is also slated
for the near future.
Klassen said she also has high hopes for the hospital’s new electronic
health record software system through the Cerner Corporation to “help
make our flow much smoother and streamlined.” That system will go
live by the end of the year.
“I’m so excited for this challenge and want to help make HGH
what it is meant to be—the best in patient care and patient experience
that we can provide,” said Klassen.
For more information on Humboldt General Hospital’s Radiology Department
or to make an appointment, please call (775) 623-5222, ext. 1131. Information
about the department’s services is also available at