October 15, 2013
Cathie Rienzo, director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Northampton Community College (NCC), has been named a fellow of the 2013 Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). The SDMS Fellowship recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of sonography and to the SDMS. Rienzo was inducted at the Society's annual conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 12, 2013, and is the only inductee for this year.
"Cathie Rienzo is deeply committed to her profession and to educating future sonographers. Her active participation in the SDMS and the Joint Review Commission on Educational Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) has been sustained over many years and we are thrilled that the SDMS has recognized this commitment by honoring her as a fellow of the organization. Cathie is recognized nationally, regionally, and locally for her expertise and commitment to quality educational programs. We are fortunate to have such a respected, nationally recognized professional leading our program here at NCC," said Carolyn Bortz, dean of Allied Health and Sciences at NCC.
Rienzo joined the NCC faculty as an adjunct instructor in 2001, when she started the diagnostic medical sonography program at the college. In 2004, she became a full-time associate professor in the program. She holds an AAS degree in radiologic technology from Hahnemann College of Allied Health, and a bachelor's degree in health arts and a master's degree in training and development from the University of St. Francis. Before coming to NCC, Rienzo had 21 years of experience in the practice of diagnostic medical sonography, holding positions at well-known regional health care facilities.
The employment outlook in diagnostic medical sonography continues to be strong. NCC offers both an associate degree and specialized diploma, both of which allow the graduate the opportunity to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer's (ARDMS) examination. Graduates are employed at St. Luke's University Hospital Network, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Easton Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, Pocono Medical Center, Grandview Hospital, Warren Hospital, Hackettstown Medical Center, and Hunterdon Medical Center.
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