ARRT Honors Three, including CSRT President Poon, in I Am the Gold Standard Program

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is pleased to announce the first honorees in our I Am the Gold Standard programThis new honor goes to three Registered Technologists (R.T.s) who consistently excellence in their contributions at work and in the community. 

Mary T. Bruno, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)(ARRT) is an Advanced Practice Specialist at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. Her nomination focused on her contributions to research, including protocols for epilepsy patients and ex vivo brain scanning to help explain Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. "When you start to see that your imagining is making a difference in the way people are being cared for, and the way decisions are made on their treatment, that's a driving force." Bruno ways, "I want patients to get what they need."

David (Lap Kong) Poon, R.T.(R)(ARRT) is a Principal Radiologic Technologist and Supervisor at the University of California - San Francisco Medical Center. Has a strong background in volunteering on behalf of his profession, doing things like creating and managing a Facebook page for Radiology students, serving as president of the California Society of Radiologic Technologists, and speaking to incoming students in the Radiology program at City College of San Francisco. Still, patient care is his top priority. "I was walking to work when someone grabbed my hand, " Poon recalls. "I was caught completely off guard. He said, 'David, you don't know me, but I want to thank you for taking care of me at UCSF.' That's why I do what I do."

Jennifer (J.) Alexander, M.B.A., M.H.A., CRA, R.T.(R)(CT)(ARRT), is an Operations Manager of Imaging Systems and Services at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She volunteers at local middle schools and high schools, educating students about careers in Radiology. In addition, she takes part in community outreach programs, explaining how imaging helps diagnose and determine treatment for strokes and other health concerns. Alexander has a high standard for radiation safety and patient care. "We have the opportunity to make a lifelong impression on someone in only 30 minutes," she says. "We can change the way people think about medicine, what their care options are, and how we can benefit them."

The goal of I Am the Gold Standard is to spotlight average clinical caregivers who make contributions that are well above average. More than 100 R.T.s received nominations for contributions in:

  • Making a positive difference in patient care
  • Volunteering to generate a positive impact for the profession
  • Participating in meaningful research
  • Lending quality improvement initiatives
  • Receiving stellar patient feedback
  • Demonstrating the employer's values and expectations

A committee of the R.T.s on staff at ARRT selected the winners from among more than 100 nominations. Bruno, Poon, and Alexander will receive airfare, hotel and conference registration for a national society conference of their choice in the continental U.S. Nominees had to be currently certified and registered with ARRT and could not have been recognized by another national organization.