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June 26, 2013
Loyola Nuclear Medicine Technologist Named National Technologist of the Year
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Nuclear medicine technologist Rebecca Sajdak of Loyola University Medical Center has been named National Technologist of the Year by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
Sajdak has served on numerous nuclear medicine society committees, task forces and governance groups, and has given educational talks around the country.
“Such an award does not come easily, and it reflects the many years of effort that she has put in at local, state and national levels serving in a variety of leadership positions,” said Robert Wagner, MD, Loyola’s medical director of Nuclear Medicine.
Nuclear Medicine technologists take images of patients such as bone scans, PET scans and cardiac stress scans. Sajdak has extensive experience in all nuclear imaging techniques, computer processing skills, researching new products, programming macros and training new employees on procedures and techniques.
She has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and is an expert on standard operating procedures in clinical trials.
Sajdak is certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Nuclear Medicine and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Sajdak, who lives in Plainfield, Ill., has a BA degree from Loyola University Chicago and an AS degree in Nuclear Medicine from Triton College.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.