Findlay expands Nuclear Medicine Institute buildingWritten by Aya Khalil | | email@example.com
The Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI) at The University of Findlay is one of the top nuclear medicine programs in the country.
And now it’s getting bigger.
Rick States, director of NMI, said a 960-square-foot addition will likely be finished next month. Construction started four weeks ago and construction workers are working on the interior, but the exterior is finished.
NMI started in Cleveland in 1966 and moved to Findlay in 1984. The new addition will help with patient transferring.
“It’ll allow us to do patient transfers; moving patients to wheelchairs, to stretchers and to imaging tables,” States said.
Chuck Jiardina, a 2005 graduate with a degree in nuclear medicine technology, said the new addition might give students a better understanding of nuclear medicine because of the hands-on learning.
“It’s like the difference between taking CPR online and CPR with a mannequin,” he said.
Jiardina, who has been working in the nuclear medicine field for three years, plus a year-long internship, said the expansion could attract more students to the university. While he was at Findlay, he had to work in a small lab.
“I hope it would give them a more competitive edge in the area … if they expand it and advertise it,” he said.
States said Findlay has the world’s largest nuclear medicine program, and nobody has as many clinical affiliates as the university.
Academic affiliates include Owens Community College, and several Toledo hospitals are clinical affiliates. Other academic affiliates are Kettering College of Medical Arts; Lakeland Community College and Lorain County Community College.
“Nationally recognized graduates go through an intensive one-year program that covers all aspects of fields of nuclear medicine,” States said.
Two classes are taught each year at Findlay with 40 to 45 students in each class, States said.
NMI and Findlay attract students nationally, and 1,200 nuclear medicine technologists have graduated from Findlay, he said.