Meet the NWR Team: Michelle

Northwest Radiology would not be successful without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team! We are proud to have such outstanding team members who not only provide exceptional care to our clients, but who also work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly every day.

We want to thank our team members for their service and show everyone what a wonderful team we have, so we want you to “Meet the NWR Team.”

Please meet … Michelle. She joined the team in March 2006, making this her 11-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Michelle.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: A/R Billing. I work all commercial insurances to make sure claims are going out to the insurance correctly, and to make sure they are being paid in a timely manner. I help answer the phones throughout the day as well to help provide service to our customers.

Q: How did you get started with NWR?

A: Through a mutual friend with a previous employee at NWR

Q: Describe a memorable moment you have had while working for NWR.

A: My mother had been diagnosed with sarcoma cancer, and the radiologist provided the best care possible for her. I was amazed at the compassion and concern my billing manager, supervisor and co-workers showed while I was going through that rough time in my life. We really do have a company that cares for their staff.

Q: What has surprised you most about working for NWR?

A: How much they do for their employees

Q: Why would you tell someone to work for NWR?

A: They are a wonderful group of doctors and staff to work for. They put their employees first and are always striving to make the company bigger and better.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I just enjoy spending time with my family.

Meet the NWR Team: Michelle

Northwest Radiology would not be successful without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team! We are proud to have such outstanding team members who not only provide exceptional care to our clients, but who also work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly every day.

We want to thank our team members for their service and show everyone what a wonderful team we have, so we want you to “Meet the NWR Team.”

Please meet … Michelle. She joined the team in March 2000, making this her 17-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Michelle.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: I am a CT tech at 10603 North Meridian Street Imaging Center.

Q: Describe a memorable moment you have had while working for NWR. Why was it so memorable?

A: I just celebrated my 17th anniversary with Northwest Radiology, and it is truly the best job ever! I guess this year is even more memorable and special for me too because I will be celebrating the BIG 5-0 in a couple weeks. Happy 50th Anniversary to NWR too!

Q: Why would you tell someone to work for NWR?

A: I love my job, mainly for the patient interaction and caring for them. Throughout the years, I have had some amazing coworkers and treasure the friendships I have built because of us all working together as one big family unit.

I feel blessed to have worked for this great company for so many years!

Drs. Anderson and Martin Honored as Caring Angels

We are thrilled to share that Northwest Radiology’s Dr. Caryn C. Anderson and Dr. Veronica J. Martin have been honored by their patients as Caring Angels through the St. Vincent Foundation in celebration of Doctor’s Day on March 30.

Each Caring Angel nomination is accompanied by a donation to the St. Vincent Foundation.

Both doctor’s names will also appear in the 2017 Doctor’s Day Tribute Book at the Foundation, in Caring Angel Physician listings, and on the St. Vincent Campus News website.

Congratulations to Dr. Anderson and Dr. Martin for being recognized in such a meaningful way!

IDEAS Study Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

The Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study is celebrating its first year of success. It’s been one year since the IDEAS study enrollment began as part of a multi-year $100 million research effort.

Northwest Radiology Network is proud to play a part in this important study. Director of Operations Lori Bricker spearheaded the approval process for Northwest Radiology, and our Meridian North Imaging Center became a registered PET imaging site – and the first one in Indiana. Neuroradiologists Dr. Eric E. Beltz, Dr. Benjamin B. Kuzma and Dr. Rishi Mhapsekar have been approved to interpret the brain amyloid PET scans as well as our PET/CT Technologists Jody Ramos, Erica Hightower and Tina Ruth.

The IDEAS Study is sponsored by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), with funding and direction provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the ACR and the manufacturers of the FDA-approved radiopharmaceuticals for amyloid imaging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In early March, the American College of Radiology Research Center distributed updates in the number of active sites, registered patients, and PET scans completed, plus additional information on the importance of the IDEAS Study. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/2o7MleH.

 

Dr. Jaimie Howell Explores Patient Anxiety

Northwest Radiology Network’s Dr. Jaimie Howell has co-authored several research publications. Embedded below is the latest study to which she contributed.

The following presentation explores how — or if — an educational video could reduce patient anxiety prior to a breast biopsy.

Howell’s involvement in this study is a shining example of how our physicians’ passion for patient care extends beyond their office hours at Northwest Radiology.

Meet the NWR Team: Dr. Matthew Locker

Northwest Radiology would not be successful without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team! We are proud to have such outstanding team members who not only provide exceptional care to our clients, but who also work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly every day.

We want to thank our team members for their service and show everyone what a wonderful team we have, so we want you to “Meet the NWR Team.”

Please meet … Dr. Matthew Locker. He joined the team in 2015, making this year his two-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Dr. Locker.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: I am a Radiologist who specializes in Breast Imaging. The majority of my time is spent reading mammograms and other advanced imaging modalities related to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Q: Why did you choose to work in the field of radiology and, specifically, your sub-specialty?

A: I was originally trained as an industrial engineer, so the technical aspects of Radiology certainly appealed to me — i.e. the cutting-edge imaging modalities utilized in Radiology, being able to answer the important questions other doctors have in the care of their patients, and the work-life balance of the practice.

Specifically with respect to my specialty of Breast Imaging, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer early in my Radiology residency, and I was so thankful to the Radiologist that made her diagnosis EARLY, allowing her to undergo treatment EARLY, and ultimately help her to survive today, almost 10 years since the original diagnosis.

This doctor was behind the scenes taking care of my mom, essentially nameless and faceless, but for me this doctor played a very integral role in saving her life. I try to remember that every time I read my patient’s mammograms.

Q: How did you get started with Northwest Radiology? Why have you stayed?

A: I had always known that Northwest Radiology was the premiere Radiology practice in the state of Indiana since going through medical school here at I.U. in Indianapolis. I completed my residency at UT Southwestern in Dallas after that. My wife and I really wanted to get back to Indianapolis to be closer to my family living in Crawfordsville after completing six years of residency in Dallas. Texas was an excellent place to train, and we met a lot of very good, kind-hearted people there. But, ultimately, we realized we are Hoosiers at heart, and as they say “home is where the heart is,” and we discovered that to be truly the case having been apart from them for so long!

Q: Describe NWR in one word.

A: Compassionate

Q: Why would you tell someone to work for NWR?

A: NWR feels like a family. From the front-line office staff to the expert Radiologist who has been with the group more than 30 years, everyone is treated with kindness, respect and sincerity. And that seems to be a good recipe for business and life in general, and I’m humbled and excited to be a part of it!

Q: How have changes in technology affected your job and the radiology industry in general?

A: Recent changes in technology have greatly impacted the practice of Breast Imaging for the better. MRI of the breast is a very sensitive exam to determine the complete extent of disease in patients already diagnosed with breast cancer (in order to ensure the complete area is treated appropriately with nothing left behind), and has also proven valuable for screening women that have a very high risk of breast cancer (family history, genetic predisposition such as BRCA gene mutation) because it is exquisitely sensitive for the detection of breast cancer, even when less then 1.0 cm in size.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: My wife and I like to travel in our free time, and we are always looking for ways to discipline our little dog “Rocky” (Jack Russell Terrier), but our efforts have proven mostly unsuccessful.

My wife, Carolina, and I started a business called “Colombian Girl Jewelry” while completing residency in Dallas. Carolina is originally from Colombia and wanted to start the business for two reasons: 1. To expose women living in the U.S. to the incredible form of jewelry native to her country, made entirely from fruit (orange peel, cantaloupe seeds, coffee beans, and acai berries, among other seed types); and 2. To help a small group of Colombian women artisans who make the jewelry, all with their hands! We built the website and started attending fairs nearly every weekend while in Dallas and had a blast bringing this incredible jewelry product to this country. Her website can be found at the following link: http://www.colombiangirljewelry.com.

Meet the NWR Team: Beth

Northwest Radiology would not be successful without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team! We are proud to have such outstanding team members who not only provide exceptional care to our clients, but who also work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly every day.

We want to thank our team members for their service and show everyone what a wonderful team we have, so we want you to “Meet the NWR Team.”

Each month, we will feature team members who are celebrating work anniversaries with Northwest Radiology.

Please meet … Beth. She joined the team in February 1993, making this her 24-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Beth.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: I am the supervisor of MNIC. I help to make sure our daily operations run smoothly. I also do CT and X-ray.

Q: How did you get started with NWR?

A: My husband was living in Indy to further his education, and I was looking for a job outside of a hospital setting in order to spend more time with our two young sons.

Q: Describe a memorable moment you have had while working for NWR. Why was it so memorable?

A: My youngest son had some serious health problems, and the radiologists helped us get the best care possible for him.

Q: What has surprised you most about working for NWR?

A: The company is always looking for new ways to grow.

Q: Why would you tell someone to work for NWR?

A: They treat you like family.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I read a lot and like to travel with my husband as well as spend time with my 90-year-old mom.

 

Meet the NWR Team: Beverly

Northwest Radiology would not be successful without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team! We are proud to have such outstanding team members who not only provide exceptional care to our clients, but who also work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly every day.

We want to thank our team members for their service and show everyone what a wonderful team we have, so we want you to “Meet the NWR Team.”

Each month, we will feature team members who are celebrating work anniversaries with Northwest Radiology.

Please meet … Beverly. She joined the team in February 1990, making this her 27-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Beverly.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: Demos and adding referring physicians to our system

Q: Describe a memorable moment you have had while working for NWR. Why was it so memorable?

A: Northwest Radiology hosted a family luncheon at Conner Prairie. I loved meeting my coworkers’ families and having them meet mine.

Q: What has surprised you most about working for NWR?

A: How good they are to their employees

Q: Why would you tell someone to work for NWR?

A: We have great benefits, and it’s a company that feels like family.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: Photographing my grandchildren and helping teach at church

 

Meet the NWR Team: Debbie

Northwest Radiology would not be successful without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team! We are proud to have such outstanding team members who not only provide exceptional care to our clients, but who also work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly every day.

We want to thank our team members for their service and show everyone what a wonderful team we have, so we want you to “Meet the NWR Team.”

Each month, we will feature team members who are celebrating work anniversaries with Northwest Radiology.

Please meet … Debbie. She joined the team in February 2001, making this her 16-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Debbie.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: I’m our Anthem A/R who processes claims and gets them paid.

Q: How did you get started with Northwest Radiology?

A: I knew Rhonda, and she gave me an opportunity to learn medical billing and 16 years later … I think it’s worked out great!

Q: What has surprised you most about working for NWR?

A: When I walk in the door, it feels like family.

Q: Why would you tell someone to work for NWR?

A: We have great benefits and flexible hours.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I love to listen to Kiss with my husband and go on cruises. My grandkids keep me pretty busy, and I like to volunteer around town.

 

Meet the NWR Team: Dr. Laura Dugan

Northwest Radiology would not be successful without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team! We are proud to have such outstanding team members who not only provide exceptional care to our clients, but who also work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly every day.

We want to thank our team members for their service and show everyone what a wonderful team we have, so we want you to “Meet the NWR Team.”

Please meet … Dr. Laura Dugan. She joined the team in 2006, making this her 11-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Dr. Dugan.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: General radiology with mammo sub-specialty

Q: Why did you choose to work in the field of radiology and, specifically, your sub-specialty?

A: Radiology is like solving a visual puzzle, and I particularly like mammo because there’s more patient contact.

Q: How did you get started with Northwest Radiology? Why have you stayed?

A: I started at Northwest Radiology in 2006. I work with a nice, well-balanced group of people, and the work and environment are fun for me.

Q: Describe a memorable moment you have had while working for NWR.

A: My sister unexpectedly died, and I got the call at the 106th Street office. The technologist, Barb Maxwell, blocked the schedule and drove me home without my asking. She notified the business office, and they gave me the next day off. They did it all before I even had time to process things.

Q: Describe NWR in one word.

A: Professional

Q: What is something you wish other people knew about NWR?

A: NWR’s flat rate pricing and easy access at outpatient imaging centers

Q: Why would you tell someone to work for NWR?

A: You get to work with such nice, supportive people.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: Bargain shopping/couponing, watching “The Walking Dead,” and going to live concerts