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will continue to be a busy year for our Legislative and ODM Committees.
The TSRT successfully supported and pushed imaging professionals in Texas to
help support the legislative efforts in 2016-2017. TSRT is
dedicated to working with the ASRT to accomplish the many projects and goals
ahead of us.
TSRT Legislative Committee and the legislative department at the ASRT will
continue to send out email blasts related to laws that will affect imaging
professionals in TEXAS! The ASRT has made it very easy for all of us
by guiding our team throughout the past few months. The time is
right to let your senators and representatives know that issues surrounding
the imaging profession have wide support among the RTs they
VOICE has been placed on the TSRT Web-site for a reason. The
Organization Development and Marketing Committee feel technologists in TEXAS
need to unite. The Legislative Committee needs our support in the
decisions they make for us while working with senators and representatives in
Austin. We encourage you to become active in your professional
organizations at the local, state and national levels. Your membership
is important. With over 25,000 certified medical radiologic
technologists in Texas, WHY is there less than 1% active in their
professional organizations? TEXAS should be blowing other states away
with those numbers. Take 5 minutes out of your day to "Join
TSRT" by visiting www.tsrt.info
in Texas need to discover their value in our profession with
TSRT. RTs in Texas need to reconnect with their professional
societies. To the dedicated members of TSRT, we would like to say thank
you for your continued support of legislative efforts at the state and
national levels. Your membership fees go a long way in supporting the
endeavors of our organization. We are grateful to all Past Presidents
of TSRT for the road they have paved over the years leading us to where we
are today. There would be no TSRT without their direction. We
look forward to our new journey this year and look forward to continuing to
serve the TSRT membership.
theme for TSRT this year is “Revive TSRT in 2017.” Please encourage
your imaging friends to
join TSRT this year. Oprah Winfrey
once said, “You become what you believe.”
The TSRT Board and Officers believe TSRT can be successful. We hope
you join us in reviving our
Board Chair Report- Brian Rich
85th session of the Texas legislature ended on May 29th.
This session was a long drawn out and raucous at times. With so many social
issues coming to the forefront, many other fiscal issues were neglected and
died in committee. One positive action was the budget was proposed and they
passed a $217 billion budget along with 1,000 other bills. However, the
Sunset Texas Medical Board bill and approximately five other agencies that
were reviewed this year, remain in limbo. The bill died in committee, which
normally is not too big of a concern; normally.
legislative year has been a barrage of protests and battles, attaching bills to
other bills; the normal political games that are played but this year it kept
some important agencies form getting the funding they need to keep going and
not sunset. When I said normally in the above paragraph, I was referring to
the normal passage of a “sunset safety bill”. This is almost automatic to
ensure agencies that were recommended to continue by the Sunset Advisory
Committee get the necessary funding to do so until the legislative issue is
resolved. But even that went out the window in committee as well. Depending
on who you ask why this happened will vary from person to person. These
events came down to the wire and were unknown until almost the end of the
Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists supports Governor Abbott to calling
a special session to resolve many things including the Texas Medical Board.
The Sunset Bill will be a focus for this session. While it is widely believed
at the Capitol and throughout the state that the Texas Medical board is in no
real danger to sunset in September, this is politics remember. Rational
actions don’t always apply. For that reason, we are maintaining our contact
with the ARRT lobbyist and keeping a watchful eye to put our resources in
gear and maintain licensure through the Texas Medical Board and in the state.
other concerns, as our President Jesse Pennington stated in his message,
encroachment is an issue that should bind us together and work for what is
best for us and our profession. By making our voices heard this past legislative
session, the H.B. 1415 and S.B. 681 APRN bills died in committee as well.
This is a victory we should appreciate by not allowing Physician Assistants
and Nurse Practitioners the ability to “order, perform and interpret”
ionizing radiation procedures. A big thank you to all that voiced your
opinion and actively sought to defeat this legislation.
also addressed the enactment and subsequent temporary withdrawal of the rule
changes at the TMB. The rule came into effect on April 3rd of this
year; there was no known announcement of the rule changes. What may possibly
happen after review by their General Counsel and the Texas Board of Medical
Radiologic Technology is an increase of instructor lead classes as was the
case on April 3rd. Other possible rule changes could be the
ability to carryover extra CEs to the next biennium and BLS certification
counting as 3 CEs. However, the question of whether they will count as
instructor lead was never positively answered in the phone conversations with
the Registration Manager. That is also part of the review. The biggest reason
for the review came from the outcry regarding those about to renew their
license without the 12 needed instructor lead CEs. The enforcement time frame
needed to be clarified. As always, TSRT will be monitoring released
information and stay in contact with the TMB management for the quickest and
most reliable information we feel confident to give you. Please take time to
look over the Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 9, Chapter 194,
Subchapter A, Rule 194.7.
have received word that the review should begin in July with the TMB General
Counsel and the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology with a
stakeholders meeting around October to discuss and finalize recommendations
to be sent to the Board of Directors for the TMB. The Texas Society of
Radiologic Technologists will be one of the stakeholders invited to the
meeting according to the Registration Manager.
from the President – Jesse Pennington
is time for the ASRT House of Delegates meeting. This year it will be held in
Orlando, Florida. As always, the turn out will be huge and many things
discussed to update and forge the best direction for our profession. The
dates are June 22nd- June 25th. There will be discussion
and votes on changes to the ASRT bylaws and TSRT Board Chair, Brian Rich, and
myself, TSRT President, Jesse Pennington, will be there representing our
state and our society. Two others attending are the Student Leadership
representatives David Le and Joshua Matthew. They are both from UT MD
Anderson Cancer Center and we congratulate them on their selection.
other information, the Board and Area Counselors met for our summer board
meeting. Our ODM Chair and a few committee members came to join us as well.
We appreciate the time and travel from each of them to come and offer great
input. We have established plans for the future of TSRT that we firmly
believe will benefit you, our members, and our profession. We are working on
the next sight for TSRT 2018 Annual Meeting and hope to release that
information soon. This board meeting was one of the best we have had in a
while and very productive. As we solidify the ideas and suggestions, we will
pass them to you.
Elect Report – Hazel Bourne
things are happening out in West Texas! Our West Area Counselor, Jose
Rodriguez, will be hosting the TSRT West Texas Area Counselor's Meeting on
June 22, 2017 from 5:30 pm - 8pm. It will be held at the El Paso Specialty
Hospital located at1720 Murchison Dr. El Paso, Texas 79902.The meeting is
sponsored by Sponsored by Merry X-Ray Source One Healthcare, and will be held
at the El Paso Specialty Hospital located at1720 Murchison Dr. El Paso, Texas
79902. Mr. Rodriguez is the Imaging Director for El Paso Specialty Hospital.
At an incredibly low price of $5 for TSRT members and $15 for non-members,
you can’t afford not to go. The meeting will provide 3 CEs and you can sign
up today at http://www.tsrt.info/id346.html . Keep looking for
more opportunities in the future for CEs from TSRT. No
President Report – Brandon Smith
report submitted GOOD NEWS: There is still time to take advantage of the huge
savings for membership to TSRT. For only $19, you get a year of vital
information, advocacy in Austin, important updates of legislative news,
representation of our society and profession, CE opportunities and so much
more. Go to http://www.tsrt.info/id2.html and sign up today!
The value of what you do and how you’re represented is well worth the cost of
membership and the benefits to you!
Deborah Quinn This area covers Bryan, College Station,
(Position Open) This area covers Abilene, Midland, Odessa,
San Angelo Region
– Jeniesa Johnson This area covers Dallas, Ft. Worth, Texoma,
Gloria Clemons This area covers Amarillo, Lubbock, Wichita
contacted Gaynell Gainer, Professor Emeritus (Retired) St. Philip’s College,
San Antonio, Texas. She being a member
of their advisory board agreed to seek their input regarding TSRT using their
campus for an annual meeting. The
response was favorable and I forwarded the program director’s information to
TSRT board president, Jesse Pennington.
I also sent the program director’s cell phone number in a subsequent
am aware of the upcoming CEU meeting in El Paso, being coordinated by Jose
Rodriguez, West Area Counselor, and
am hopeful I will be able to attend to represent TSRT.
– Melinda Wren/Robert Valdez This
area covers Corpus Christi, Padre
Central – Margaret Bishop This area covers
Austin, San Antonio, San Marcus Region
– David Clayton This area covers Beaumont, Galveston,
Houston, Huntsville Region
Jose Rodriguez This
Alpine, El Paso, Pecos Region
- First and foremost I apologize
for not being able to attend in person.
When the dates for the winter meeting and next Annual meeting are
set I will plan accordingly.
- I have been working closely
with the program Director for Southwest University. I spoke to the students
program that SU offers about the importance and value of the TSRT. Most
of the students were already
close to graduation, but many of them showed much interest in joining
- SU is also in the middle of
some vast expansions to their programs.
They are adding an online CT crossover program for RTs as well as
a BS in Radiology Management.
They will soon also be expanding to Las Cruces NM because of the
dropped nursing accreditation of NMSU.
What this means for the TSRT is a valued partnership with
opportunities for both parties.
SU has offered use of their 150 person auditorium and their 600
person auditorium to the TSRT at no cost at any time (with notice and
availability of course).
- I have been in contact with
many of the Imaging Directors form around town trying to explain the
value of the TSRT to their staff as well. I offer to post positions on
website, but continue to get resistance from the HR and Recruitment
departments for potential conflicts or legal issues. Have any of you
run into this?
- I have scheduled the first
local TSRT meeting for June 22nd generously sponsored by
Cheryl Gray with Merry X-ray. I
ended up setting the cost at $5 for members and $15 for
non-members. This is designed as
a TSRT introductory meeting to boost presence and membership for West
Texas. I am also working on a
late August meeting as well for the same reason. Depending on the turnout
of the June
meeting, I will likely keep the cost the same or find another sponsor
and offer the credits for free to members.
- I still want to organize an 8CE
seminar for the beginning of November.
This will replace the RGIS annual meeting that was cancelled
which was scheduled for early November.
I have a few speakers that are willing to speak (myself
included). I will follow up with
all of them to confirm and organize and exact date. Possibly November
will begin gathering the class information as soon as possible to submit
for CE credit approval.
- On a side note, I am willing to
speak at the next annual meeting.
you all for answering my questions for the last few months. It
isn’t easy working from such a great
distance, but I feel as if items are starting to fall into place for the TSRT
and West Texas
Office Report – Lisa Ganus
has issued 2420 membership
identification numbers to licensed medical radiologic technologist in
Texas. Of this number, 1877 are
currently expired. Therefore, TSRT has
543 active members. (6.1.2017)
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