Patty Furst didn’t always know she wanted career in radiology, but over 30 years later she still finds joy going into work each day. Patty, a longtime member of the Covenant Health family, serves as the Ultrasound Team Leader at Fort Sanders Regional. She oversees a team of radiology technicians who perform diagnostic imaging examinations used by physicians to help treat patients.
November 5 through 11 marks National Radiologic Technology Week, a time to say thank you to the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals’ play in patient care and health care safety. Read more about Patty below.
Where are you from?
Chicago Heights, Illinois
How long have you worked at Fort Sanders Regional?
Since 2004, but I have been with the Covenant health system for nearly 20 years.
Tell us a little bit about your job at Fort Sanders Regional?
I manage the ultrasound department but I also take care of administrative issues for the radiology department. I still spend about half my time scanning.
What do you love most about your job?
Patient care is my passion. I like making the patient feel comfortable. Since I have been in the profession for so long, I am fascinated by where the technology has gone. I like to stay up to date on the latest technology.
What made you want to go into a career in radiology?
I started in nursing, but I soon realized that wasn’t for me. One day I was flipping through the college’s career catalog and radiology was the last one in the book. Soon thereafter, I observed a radiology tech and fell in love and knew I had found the career for me.
What is your favorite movie?
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A Lithuanian dish called kolduni. It’s like a ravioli stuffed with ham. My family makes them every year during the holidays.