Samsung and IS Healthcare are partnering with Linn-Benton Community College to provide state of the art x-ray equipment to its Diagnostic Imaging program.
The strategic partnership will allow the college to purchase the equipment at a reduced price, completely outfitting the program. In exchange, Samsung-IS Healthcare will utilize the imaging labs during off times for employee training and equipment demonstrations.
Jennifer Clayton, LBCC Diagnostic Imaging faculty chair, cited the critical need for updated equipment for the program. "Our current equipment has served our students since the beginning of the program in 2002 and due to advances in technology will soon be out of date. Our partnership with Samsung will allow our students access to digital technology which is dominate in our industry and will be essential at helping them to transition smoothly from the classroom to the clinical environment."
The equipment will be installed in the spring at LBCC’s new Healthcare Occupations Center in Lebanon, with classes starting summer term.
“Having this new, up-to-date, cutting edge equipment for the students in the Diagnostic Imaging program will have a huge impact on the students' skills entering the workforce,” said Linda Carroll, dean of LBCC Healthcare Programs. “Students will be able to step right into a work environment and be familiar with the equipment and technology that is currently being used in the field."
LBCC’s Diagnostic Imaging program is a statewide 22-month associate of applied science degree program that offers training for students to become a certified radiologic technician.
The program is one of ten LBCC healthcare programs moving into the new Healthcare Occupations Center, currently slated to open for all students in the fall of this year.