Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Loyola Nuclear Medicine Technologist Named National Technologist of the Year

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Nuclear medicine technologist Rebecca Sajdak of Loyola University Medical Center has been named National Technologist of the Year by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

Sajdak has served on numerous nuclear medicine society committees, task forces and governance groups, and has given educational talks around the country.

“Such an award does not come easily, and it reflects the many years of effort that she has put in at local, state and national levels serving in a variety of leadership positions,” said Robert Wagner, MD, Loyola’s medical director of Nuclear Medicine.

Nuclear Medicine technologists take images of patients such as bone scans, PET scans and cardiac stress scans. Sajdak has extensive experience in all nuclear imaging techniques, computer processing skills, researching new products, programming macros and training new employees on procedures and techniques.

She has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and is an expert on standard operating procedures in clinical trials.

Sajdak is certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Nuclear Medicine and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Sajdak, who lives in Plainfield, Ill., has a BA degree from Loyola University Chicago and an AS degree in Nuclear Medicine from Triton College.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.