its own lab technicians
July 24, 2006
Tom Loughead, KGH interim
lab manager; Travis Tacker, MLT student; Valerie Polansky, Program
Director for MLT Online, St. Petersburg College.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Separated by 5,000 miles, Ketchikan General
Hospital (KGH) and St. Petersburg College (SPC) Medical Laboratory
Technology Online Program, collaborate to train "home-grown"
lab professionals for Alaska hospitals. KGH lab employee Travis
Tacker will enter the program in August. He joins Wrangell student
Roxanna "Roxy" Coblentz who is currently doing her
clinical work at KGH under the same arrangement.
Polansky visited the KGH Lab during her recent Alaska cruise.
Photo courtesy Ketchikan General Hospital
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs), after completing college
prerequisite courses such as biology and chemistry, must complete
a two-year Associates Degree of coursework as well as clinical
experience. When Coblentz, a clerk/phlebotomist in the lab of
Wrangell Medical Center for 19 years, was looking for a way to
become certified as an MLT, she discovered the online training
available from the Florida college. She then approached the KGH
lab about providing the clinical hours and mentorship. She began
the program in 2004, and is now very close to finishing. Without
SPC's online program and the KGH collaboration, both Coblentz
and Tacker would have to travel to Anchorage or the lower 48
states for their classwork.
"It's not always easy
to get the right professionals in the right jobs at the right
time when you are a hospital in the last frontier," said
Joan Nugent, KGH Vice President for Human Resources. In the recent
past KGH has set up programs in cooperation with educational
facilities where they can train their own registered nurses and
imaging technologists in-house "We're thrilled that now
we have a way to 'grow our own' lab technologists as well,"
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