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Hospital donates CT scanner to COD for health education

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,;  630-312-7508

Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital donated a GE CT scanner to College of DuPage, making COD the only community college in the nation to own this important piece of equipment.


Jeff Papp, professor of Radiation Therapy, said the scanner will be used by several programs, including Radiation Therapy, Radiography and Nuclear Medicine. In addition, COD is developing a three-semester CT certificate program that is expected to start in 2011.


“Hospitals and clinics use their CT scanners around the clock,” Papp explained. “Therefore, when our students were working at clinical sites, they mainly learned about CTs through observation. Now we can use our scanner to give students the hands-on experience they need.”


Alan Schneider, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s chief patient services officer, is a former COD student who studied Radiologic Technology and received his associate’s degree. He stayed in touch with Papp and eventually became a member of the College of DuPage Foundation Board. Papp initially approached Mike Trench, former Chief Development Officer at COD, about securing a new unit, but the cost was prohibitive. Schneider found an Adventist hospital in Florida that had a unit being replaced that could be donated to the school.


“The students who will be using the CT at COD could be among Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s future X-ray technicians and sonographers,” Schneider said. “Donating the machine benefits not only these students, who get real-world experience, but also our patients, who get high-quality care.”


The hospital also covered the cost of delivery and installation, while the COD Foundation provided $250,000 from its health care initiative fund to prepare the classroom where the CT is housed in the Health and Science Center.


“The Foundation is pleased to partner with the College and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital to enhance and expand our health care program offerings,” said Sharon Mellor, associate vice president of Development at COD and executive director of the Foundation.  “The donation of the CT scanner, and the Foundation funding to build out the room for its use, has enabled the College to create a new certificate program.”


Papp said the new scanner could lead to research opportunities, since most CT scanners are in constant use for patient care. In addition, the new piece of equipment can be integrated into other health care equipment and software, while future upgrades will keep COD on the cutting edge of health care education technology. He thanks COD President Dr. Robert L. Breuder and COD Vice President of Academic Affairs Joseph Collins for supporting this initiative.


“I’m really excited,” Papp said. “There are university medical centers that don’t have scanners in the classroom. Now we can strengthen our position as a leader in health care education.”


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