Radiation Therapists of Wisconsin

Fall 2017 Newsletter

The RTOW fall meeting was held on Saturday November 4th at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee
It was a fantastic meeting with excellent speakers. All who attended were very pleased with what the meeting offered for CE and professional networking. Thank you to Karen Mannisto and others at Froedtert that worked so hard to plan a successful meeting!

You can read the business meeting minutes here.

Spring 2018 Meeting

The spring meeting will be Saturday March 3, 2018 at the Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, WI.  Sacred Heart Radiation Oncology is hosting the meeting. Stay tuned for emails and website postings with more information about times, speakers and hotel reservations. 

UW-La Crosse Updates:

UW-L Radiation Therapy Program report, Melissa Weege:

 Thank you to RTOW for their support of radiation therapy education, the student achievement award and essay competition. Also huge thanks to those who provide opportunities for students to observe prior to application, complete externships or provide clinical instruction on a regular basis.

Program updates

·        100% pass rate on exam and 100% job placement within 2 months

·        The program under the direction of Amanda Carpenter has implemented an online student tracking system for time keeping, competencies and affective evaluations. It is going well and nice to be paperless.

·        Class of 2017 member, Taylor Sullivan was selected to attend the ASRT Student Leadership Development Program and House of Delegates meeting in June of 2017 in Orlando, FL.

·        The program is going through their next accreditation review. The self-study report has been submitted and the site visit will occur in the Spring of 2018.

·        Please join the UWL Radiation Therapy FB page if you have not already. You will find regional job openings and program news there.

·        Happy NRTW to everyone next week!

Melissa gave a quick CQR update and refresher.  The class of 2011 will be the first group required to participate.  Information was shared in the ARRT booklet that was sent out this fall and more information will continue to come out to folks.  


UW-L Class of 2018 report:

We started our internships this summer.  Things are going really well.  Everyone is excited to be in clinicals.


UW-L RT Club and Class of 2019 report:

The RT club has been busy with volunteering and fundraising events such as Stepping Out in Pink, campus close-ups working with future students, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, and making blankets for patients receiving treatments at Gunderson.

What’s going on around Wisconsin??

Find out from our Area Representatives:

North West Update:  

Sacred Heart is proud to announce the Prevea Regional Cancer Center at Sacred Heart Hospital name change and new med onc/rad onc construction project. Additionally, radiation oncology is scheduled to replace one of their accelerators spring of 2018.

Riverview cancer center also has changed names:  Aspirus UW-Cancer Center @ Riverview Hospital.  They are affiliated with the Carbone Cancer Center out of Madison.

Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital’s sale to the Marshfield Clinic was completed on June 30 and is now known as the Marshfield Medical Center.

Ministry St. Michael’s and Ministry St. Clare’s had name changes in September, now known as Ascension instead of Ministry.

Marshfield Medical Center/Ascension St. Michael’s RONC and MONC/Ascension St. Clare’s MONC and James Beck Cancer Center MONC in conjunction with the Affinity Region MONC depts. upgraded to MOSAIQ 2.64 mid-September. James Beck Cancer Center and Affinity Region RONC will be upgrading their ARIA and Ascension St. Michael’s RONC will be moving from MOSAIQ to ARIA and from pinnacle to eclipse.

Ascension WI has kicked off its Cerner One Chart project in July and groups have been meeting with hopeful implementation in October –December 2018 for Northern and Eastern Region.  This will be the first time Cerner has created an Oncology module….Ascension WI will be the standard for all of Ascension Oncology departments across the nation.

North East Update:

Appleton Medical Center Updates: We implemented our RPM platform this summer- gating and DIBH. We use gating and DIBH in addition to our OSMS system (aka- align Rt) which we have had since March 2016. We added an additional FTE to our therapist group. We now have 11 therapists. Within the therapist team, since March 2016, we welcomed or will be welcoming 5 new babies. We welcomed a new manager in April 2017, Kim Schwab, we are very excited to have her! One of our Dosimetrists  and one of our Physicists will be retiring in January. We will miss them greatly but it will be exciting to welcome a new Dosimetrist and Physicist to our team in the coming months. Our HDR numbers continue to grow. Our machine combination is: 2 TrueBeams, 1 Cyberknife and 1 HDR unit.

Central WI Cancer Program/St. Agnes – Fon du Lac: Installed Ceiling Hoyer lift in CT Sim, Implemented IV Contrast procedure in CT Sim, SSM Health is in process of buying Agnesian Health Care (Will most likely be finalized Jan 1, 2018

Vince Lombardi Cancer Care – Two Rivers: Two Rivers: Go Live with new Truebeam 11/13

Bellin Health Cancer Center Green Bay and Marinette: New Center was built this Summer in Marinette

Bay Area Cancer Center- Marinette: Old center moving to new hospital around Summer 2018

Southwest Region Update:

Gundersen Lutheran-La Crosse: Recently hired Sophie Lamey and Taylor Sullivan as therapists, who are both UWL 2017 graduates. Hoping to upgrade one of their linacs in the near future

UW Madison: The Ride 2017- Over 1,200 bike riders participated in the event and all the funds raised stay within the UW system for research and to improve cancer care. Save the date for next year on September 23, 2018. Upgrading ViewRay MRI machine from cobalt to a linac Cathy McMahon recently celebrated her 30 year anniversary working at the UW.

Turville Bay-Madison: Serving as a clinical site for the Grand Valley State University Medical Dosimetry Program. Dana Paulus has transitioned into this new role. Hired two new therapists: Jeremy Muedt and Stephanie V.

St. Clare Hospital- Baraboo: They are reviewing and assessing current protocols and policies in preparation for the Joint Commission visit which is expected to take place soon.

Southeast Region Updates

Froedtert & MCW: Our MR Linac Unity is fully functional and we will begin scanning research patients in the next two months.  At the end of November we will be installing a SOMATOM Drive CT Sim from Siemens. We have been utilizing our new ICON technology for frameless, mask-based Gamma Knife fractionated patients. The Froedtert Drexel Town Center will be opening Mid January – it will be a Froedtert & MCW Outpatient center with Medical and Radiation Oncology – Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory. We have hired RTT and dosimetry staff for the center already but there may be opportunities as the center opens and gets underway.

Columbia St. Mary’s: We have a retiring physician and dosimetrist. CSM is now affiliated with the UW-La Crosse Master’s of Dosimetry program


Welcome to Our New Board Members!

Kelly Lautenschlager (north west) and Sophia Lamey (south west) are joining the RTOW board as area representatives. Thank you both for stepping up into these roles!

Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-date!

Have you changed your name or email address?  Let our secretary, Kailee, know!  You won’t wanna miss out on information about future meetings, scholarships and other events and developments from RTOW!  You can email Kailee at kaileeborchert@gmail.com.


 ASRT Communities:

The ASRT now offers Radiation Therapy Communities.  This is an online forum where you can ask questions and offer suggestions/ideas/advice to other therapists around the country.  There is bound to be lots of useful information for you! Click the link to check it out:  ASRT Communities

We’re on Facebook!

Keep up-to-date with happenings of the RTOW and members around the state- join our Facebook page! Use the Facebook page to get the word out about radiotherapy or cancer-related events in your area.  Share pictures of your work groups!  The RTOW Facebook page is a great way for members to stay in touch.

We want your feedback!

If you have thoughts or suggestions for ways to make your RTOW membership more valuable to you, please get in touch with a board member.  Their contact information is on the website under the “Board Members” tab.  We’d love to hear from you!


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