Welcome to a glimpse into my daily routine as a radiologic technologist at OrthoCarolina Hickory. My role involves providing quality X-ray images, assisting with clinical duties, and ensuring that patients receive the care they need.
My day begins with an early arrival at the clinic. Dr. Gilchrist and I often work together, either in the injection room or on the hall attending to patients. Before the clinic starts, we ensure that everything is properly prepared for the day ahead. This involves organizing the required documents, setting out supplies for injections, and ensuring all equipment is in working order
.When we're in the injection room, I collaborate closely with Dr. Gilchrist and Lori, our nurse. My responsibilities include escorting patients to and from the injection room, operating the c-arm imaging equipment, and providing assistance to Lori whenever necessary. This collaborative effort allows us to deliver injections safely and efficiently, ensuring optimal patient care.
On other occasions, I assist with rooming patients, gathering the necessary information for their visits, performing X-rays, and helping with any clinical or X-ray duties required. This dynamic environment keeps me engaged and allows me to contribute to various aspects of patient care.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is interacting with patients. I believe in providing compassionate care and making sure each patient feels comfortable and heard. Taking the time to explain procedures, answering their questions, and alleviating their concerns are essential elements of my role. I chose OrthoCarolina because of the warm welcome I received from the moment I joined. The Hickory branch feels like a close-knit family, where support and assistance are readily available. Working in a positive environment like that has allowed me to grow not only as an employee but as a person.
As an X-ray technologist, I often get asked about the safety of X-rays and whether the radiation will cause them harm. It is important to reassure them that X-rays are performed using minimal radiation doses, adhering to strict safety protocols to ensure their well-being.
Another common question involves the difference between MRI and X-ray imaging. I take the time to explain that while both techniques produce images of the body, they serve different purposes. X-rays are best for visualizing bones and certain organs, whereas MRI scans provide detailed images of soft tissues, joints, and internal organs.
Being a radiologic technologist at OrthoCarolina Hickory is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Each day brings new challenges, opportunities to care for patients, and a chance to contribute to a supportive and collaborative team environment.
OrthoCarolina is proud to have been recognized as a 2021 Healthiest Employer for our commitment to investing in our team members' health & well-being.
"Margaret is a contributor, advocate, & leader. She is in charge of our PA preceptor program and successfully oversees the training of aspiring Orthopedic PAs at OrthoCarolina. She is also the mastermind behind the series "Inside the Training Room". Additionally, she finds time to take calls and works shifts at our after-hours orthopedic urgent care clinic. She is the definition of a team player."
- Bob Raspa PA-C., VP of Value-Based service and PA Dept.
"Getting the opportunity to help my fellow team members every day to improve their health and wellbeing brings me so much joy! Knowing that the programs, challenges, and education offered could make a big difference in someone’s quality of life, makes my work that much more meaningful."
“Laura has always gone above and beyond for her team, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. The Credentialing Department is extremely grateful for her and appreciates all she does," is what a colleague had to say about Laura! Credentialing is a very important function of our healthcare organization, but sometimes overlooked until now! Learn more from Laura.
Right before COVID-19 struck, our Shelby office found themselves down a rad tech. Heather stepped up to the plate to take over all duties for the radiology department and work solely on her own to make sure our patients continued to receive the same level of care and excellence during the pandemic. Learn more about her journey to OrthoCarolina, and why she has been here for over 13 years.
The collaborative efforts between OrthoCarolina and Atrium are a very productive and innovative approach to conducting research. The ultimate goal of research is to further the field of orthopaedic surgery, therefore increasing the available options and improving the outcomes for our patients. Nick coordinates these research efforts. Learn more about Nick and his unique perspective as a medical student and research coordinator!
Heather is originally from Canada, but has called Charlotte, NC home for many years. As a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) at our Pineville clinic (and previously Foot & Ankle for 17+ years!), Heather is inspired by both her patients and teammates. She has found happiness, security, and friendships that will last a lifetime here at OrthoCarolina. We are proud to have Heather on our team for almost two decades!
Charlotte native, Elena St. Onge, knew she wanted to be in athletic training when she was a teenager. In fact, she shadowed her current manager, Jeffrey Cayo, for almost two years in high school. After completing her Bachelor's and Graduate degrees, we were lucky to hire Elena on full-time. Learn more about Elena's busy days (and nights) and her unique perspective on working with student-athletes.
Dr. Morgan considered a degree in Chemical Engineering or a career as a Patent Lawyer, but we are so thankful he decided to pursue Sports Medicine. He prides himself on the highest quality of care for his patients and his exceptional and continuing education in his specialties. Dr. Morgan might be humble in his work, but he is an integral part of our culture and leadership.
Lynn was nominated by her supervisor for her flexibility, dependability and support of her teammates that were adjusting to working from home due to the pandemic. Lynn explains the cost and insurance benefits prior to surgery, but her true passion is calming the nerves of patients before their procedure!
Amanda's dedication to her patients and education is unsurpassed! She works full days Monday-Thursday at OrthoCarolina and then travels to the University of St. Augustine on the weekends for hands-on lab time to complete her DPT next year. Find out why (and how) she does it all!
Taylor works with both our Hip & Knee and Sports Clinics on their research efforts. With OC, he has been able to spend time in the operating room observing the world-class abilities of our surgeons. A typical day for Taylor is anything but boring!
After receiving a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, Dana Cumberworth was given a new routine to follow.
Ashley Coudron DeCo, OTR/L, received and was presented with the 2019 Mary C. Kasch scholarship during the American Society of Hand Therapy’s national conference in Washington D.C. in October 2019.
What's the best part of being a team member at OC? Being able to have a positive impact on the lives of the patients we serve every day.
"I love that we work together for a common goal. We help people all over the world to be the best they can be after an injury."
"I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be part of such a well-known and highly recommended company that improves lives for so many people around the globe."
"I can still work in a great environment but team up with outstanding individuals who work to “Make Lives Better.”
"I don’t know where I would be in life right now if it wasn’t for some of my previous team leads who helped me when I was lost along the way, as well as for the friends that I have made that have become more than “work friends."
"My favorite part of working at OC is the team and providers I work with. We strive every day to make each patient’s experience at OC a positive one."
"Every team I have ever worked on within this organization has been like a family."
"What I like most is the opportunity to work with our providers to help improve the quality of care given to our patients."
"I feel very fortunate to work in a place where a bad day doesn’t really exist."
"Since I have always been intrigued by numbers and problem-solving I'm proud to say I have my dream job."
"Working directly with the physicians has given me a different perspective as to what exactly their schedules entail and has given me a deep respect for what they do for OC patients and the community."
"From the day I started at OC, I was made to feel welcome and that my small contribution at work mattered. It’s obvious that OC cares about patients and community, but it also cares about its employees."
"It’s a great feeling being with a patient from start to finish and watching them return to being successful in their respective sport."
"Every day is different, there’s always a challenge and I’m never bored."
"I like the ability to make a positive impact in the workflow of OrthoCarolina employees. Being able to fix problems and improve systems are my two main passions."
"I really enjoy trying to get to know each patient, what their individual goals and interests are, and encourage them along their rehab journey. There is nothing better than seeing a patient get excited about meeting their goals and returning to the activities that they enjoy!"
"I truly enjoy getting to know our patients. In the time that I have been a PA I can honestly say I have met some pretty amazing people who have some unbelievable stories. Each day is a new opportunity to learn something valuable from someone else."
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"I like the sense of accomplishment it gives me to see the surgery process through with patients from start to finish."
"Working at OC isn't just a job, it's an integral part of my life."
"I love how involved OrthoCarolina is in the community and the dedication we give to patients!"
"I love the group of people I work with. The Recruitment Team is fun and supportive and we have meshed into a kind of unique family in that while we have to work together, we choose to accept each other with our quirks and eccentricities. Hands down, the best team I have ever been a part of."
"OrthoCarolina really focuses on helping people and the community. I love that I get to help patients improve and get them through a potential difficult time in their lives."
"I’m so impressed with OrthoCarolina’s forward thinking mentality, and for me to have a seat at the table around the strategic decisions that this organization is making is truly invigorating!"
"The people - my partners at OC, colleagues at Park Road and the staff throughout the entire organization that make OC great!"
"I get to build relationships with my team, physicians and other leader and enjoy being a part of the success. We care about each other and that is what ultimately brings me joy in my job each and every day."
"I love the people I work with."
"In my role, I get to partner with so many different departments and teams. We are working together to make sure we are living and breathing the OC purpose to make lives better for one another and the patients we serve."
Dr. Stanley's favorite part of working at OrthoCarolina is ,"Being able to focus on making patients better, while being part of a large group of physicians and staff with similar goals."
"I get to see people return to their desired activities with less pain and an improved quality of life."
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Julia Lilley is a Controller and her sister Jan Fincher is Vice President of Operations. "It's great to see each other in a professional environment."
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"In my job, no two days are the same. I am constantly challenged to learn and progress while surrounded by terrific people."
"The company itself, and the ways we support each other and are active in the community really makes this a wonderful place to work!"
"It’s not about just showing up to draw a paycheck but also enjoying what you do."
"I enjoy working for an organization that is so involved in the community..."
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Ashley Brooks, OTR/L
OrthoCarolina is a fantastic organization. I always knew it was a great place to be, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Four years ago, I stumbled upon this job.