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Maybe it is time to color outside of the lines and start thinking of other
ideas.  I have not totally thought this through but it would provide an
interesting topic of discussion - as follows: For example, perhaps not have
Vascular/Echo/General Sonographers report to a specialty physician group or
a Radiology group but to a Sonography service line with a Sonographer
Director  (like a nursing service line that reports to the Director of
nursing who is a Nurse-manager). Nurses work in a variety of departments and
areas of specialty but ultimately report to the Director of Nursing. Perhaps
a similar direction would not be out of line for us?? What are the
obstacles? How could we overcome them? What are the potential advantages?
Any other options or ideas?

Bonnie L. Johnson, RDMS, RVT
UCSF Stanford Health Care
Director, Vascular Laboratory Services
Division of Vascular Surgery
Stanford, CA


-----Original Message-----
From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Kathy
Palmieri
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 1999 11:32 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Combining services of vascular labs to Radiology


Dear Flownet, This must be "in the air" as today, I have gotten two calls
about the benefits and disadvantages of combining vascular labs to Radiology
departments. I know this is a sensitive subject, but I am curious as to your
opinions, advice, pros and cons to this issue. I have worked in both arenas
and also during one of the mergers. I have my opinions, but would like some
objectivity. Is this another plan that looks good on paper, but leads to the
demise of well established practices? Let's hear it... Thanks for your help.
Kathy Palmieri, RVT
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Kathleen Palmieri, RVT
Cardiovascular Technology Resources
Skaneateles, New York
http://www.krpaccreditation.com