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

 

Meet the NWR Team: Dr. Caryn Anderson

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 … Dr. Caryn Anderson. She joined the team in January 2006, making this her 11-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Dr. Anderson.

Q: What is your title/role with Northwest Radiology?

A: I am a part-time partner. I am the radiology director for NWR at AHN. I am predominantly a breast imager, although I did my fellowship in abdominal imaging.

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

A: I chose radiology for the intellectual stimulation, continuing technological advancements, and the satisfaction of working with other physicians.

Q: How did you get started with NWR?

A: I came to NWR in 2006, when my husband and I moved our family back “home” to Indianapolis from Evansville, where I had worked for eight very satisfying years.

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

A: As a breast imager, I often have the opportunity to give patients good news about their health.  That moment, when I have the ability to eliminate the patient’s fears, is uplifting and gratifying.

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

A: We take our responsibilities to the referring physicians and to our patients very seriously, and we strive to be accurate, thorough and thoughtful in our care.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? Hobbies, volunteer work?

A: I love to hike, travel, read and spend time with family. We are visiting National Parks in our spare time. I also volunteer with the Eiteljorg Museum, a true Indianapolis gem.

Meet the NWR Team: Suzanne

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 … Suzanne. She joined the team in January 2009, making this her eight-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Suzanne.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: Radiologist Assistant. I work at St. Vincent directly with the radiologists. I perform all procedures performed under fluoroscopy. This allows the radiologists to spend their time dictating.

Q: How did you get started with Northwest Radiology?

A: I worked as a radiologic technologist at St. Vincent for many years alongside Northwest Radiology. After I started Registered Radiologist Assistant (RRA) school, I hired on with NWR. It’s hard to believe I have been with the group for eight years!

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

A: Northwest Radiology is a great company — why not work here?!

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

A: My free time is spent with my 19-month-old daughter! She keeps me busy enough!

 

Meet the NWR Team: Bernadette

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 … Bernadette. She joined the team in January 2011, making this her six-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Bernadette.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: My title and role at NWR is medical coder. My duties include reviewing procedures performed by radiologists and assigning the appropriate CPT and ICD10 codes.

Q: How did you get started with Northwest Radiology?

A: I started at NWR as a temp, through Express Professionals, in August 2009.  I worked in collections.

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

A: The memorable moment for me was when I was hired as a full-time employee in the coding department in January 2010. The reason it’s so memorable for me is because at the time I was attending school to be a medical coder. A job opening became available, I applied and the rest is history. The timing was perfect. It’s like I was at the right place at the right time. I was definitely blessed.

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

A: How the company continues to grow and survive even through some of the struggles the healthcare industry faces

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

A: NWR is a professional environment that provides a place for growth and opportunity.

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

A: I enjoy doing DIY projects in my spare time.

 

Meet the NWR Team: Steve

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 … Steve. He joined the team in 2011, making this his six-year anniversary with Northwest Radiology! Learn more about Steve.

Q: What is your title and role with NWR?

A: I am the paramedic at Meridian North Imaging Center (MNIC). I am one of six part-time or PRN paramedics who work for NWR. I work two days a week at MNIC, and I am still a career firefighter/paramedic with the Fishers Fire Department. My duties at NWR include: starting IVs for CT, PET/CT and MR patients who will receive IV contrast dye; drawing blood to check creatinine levels prior to some patients getting IV contrast dye; administering emergency care to patients who experience an adverse/allergic reaction to the contrast dye; and administer TB tests and flu shots in the fall to employees and Doctors at NWR. I also work with the other paramedics to create a schedule that ensures we have a paramedic working every day.

Q: How did you get started with Northwest Radiology?

A: MNIC was extending its hours into the evening, and one paramedic was not able to cover all the hours. I was recruited by the then-full-time paramedic to help fill in gaps in the schedule. Since then, we have hired five other part-time or PRN paramedics to help fill the schedule. My coworkers are a great group of people to work with.

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

A: I think I am lucky to not really have a “memorable moment” at NWR. My days are mostly pretty steady and uneventful. If a day is eventful, then someone else is having a very bad day.

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

A: What has surprised me most about working for NWR is the fact that I am still here going on six years. My previous part-time jobs as a paramedic were usually in hospital emergency rooms or on an ambulance, and compared to NWR, they were very fast-paced. It was initially a culture shock for me to not be the lead person and have my mind constantly thinking about the next step in a protocol, or looking ahead to the next procedure I would have to do at all times. Here, I can also help the technicians out with lifting and patient comfort, but I don’t have to be the lead guy, and that took a while to get used to.

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

A: I think NWR is a great place to work; the people are fun to work with, wages are comparative, and we have holidays off! In my line of work, holidays are the same as any other day, and to have them off is fantastic.

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

A: I live in Pendleton and volunteer for Pendleton Emergency Ambulance a couple days a month. I help teach fire safety in the elementary schools in Fishers with the fire department, and also teach CPR, EMT and other fire department-related classes. In my free time, I like to play golf, play with my three dogs, and go camping.