Williams Named to New Job at PCH

Friday, January 1, 2016
Melissa Williams

Recently, James Magee, Piggott Community Hospital administrator, announced Melissa Williams, R.T.(R)(M), has been named director over the operations of the radiology department at the local hospital.

"The radiology department plays a key role in the operation of hospitals and encompasses a medical specialty that uses imaging to diagnose and treat diseases seen within the body or injuries," Magee said of the local department. "At the hospital, the radiology department staff of 10 use a variety of imaging techniques such as x-ray radiography, ultrasound, mammography and computed tomography (CT) to diagnose and/or treat diseases."

Williams first came to PCH in June, 1996, when she was a student. Leaving the facility in 2001, she returned full-time in 2004. For the past 10-plus years, she has worked directly with Suzie Countzler, RT(R) the former director of radiology who is relocating to Kentucky.

"Melissa will do a great job," said Countzler. "I am leaving a staff of people who have become both my friends and family in Piggott. I know that they will carry on well."

Medical imaging is carried out by the PCH team of radiologic technologists. "A radiologist, who is a medical doctor who has specialized in radiography, then interprets or "reads" the images and produces a report of findings and impressions or diagnosis," Magee explained. "The report is then given to the physician who ordered the imaging, either routinely or in an emergency. Imaging exams are also stored digitally in an archiving system where they can be viewed by others caring for the patient or to compare to future imaging exams."

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